A Powerful Voice in the Fight Against Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer

How We Help

The Dear Jack Foundation provides impactful programs benefiting adolescents and young adults (AYA) diagnosed with cancer and their families to improve their quality of life from treatment to survivorship.

Our vision is to be a national leader in adolescent and young adult cancer programming, by giving patients, survivors, and their caregivers a community and support rooted in mental and physical wellness based tools and resources from diagnosis through survivorship. 

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Voices of AYA Cancer

Learn about the unique challenges AYA cancer patients and survivors face through the personal stories of Dear Jack community members.

Dear Jack Blog

In Their Words

Inspired by our friend Jack, the namesake of the Dear Jack Foundation, Letters to Jack is a collection of real and inspirational stories from the AYA cancer community and those who love and support them.

Andrew McMahon: Jack’s Influence

"It was 12 years ago when I first uttered the words “Dear Jack.” At the age of 21, I was courting a successful career in the music business and was,..."

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Erin: LifeList Wish Fulfilled!

"Dear Jack, I just wanted to say thank you for everything you have done for our family! We had such an amazing time on our trip to Kansas City and..."

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Allison: Why I Chose to Stay in the Deep End

"Dear Jack, For as long as I can remember I always had a PLAN. Since I was a little girl, I told everyone who asked what I wanted to be..."

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Tara: Getting Mindful About Grief

"Pause for a moment and notice how you feel when the word grief comes to mind… Perhaps it seems like a word that may not apply to you right now...."

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Donate, Volunteer, or Fundraise Today.

Every dollar you donate provides an opportunity to create hope, guidance, and community for the 89,000 young adults diagnosed with cancer annually.

Our Purpose

AYA Cancer Statistics

Physical, emotional, and financial hardships often persist for years after treatment, especially without the protocols or resources that specifically address the needs of the AYA cancer population.

89K

New cases of adolescent and young adult cancer each year.

633K

Adolescent and young adult survivors in the U.S. today.

75%

Percentage of adolescent and young adult survivors who report the need for a support group or opportunity to connect with others.

7x

It is 7x more likely a 15-39 year old will be diagnosed with a rare or aggressive cancer compared to someone under the age of 15.

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