LifeList is a wish-granting program that offers hope and support to young adults who are currently receiving treatment for a life-threatening diagnosis. This program provides positive experiences to focus on during treatment and an opportunity to connect with a community of young adult patients, survivors, and advocates who have experienced similar journeys.
LifeList program participant applications for Q3 of 2021 are now closed. Our next application cycle will open on October 1, 2021. To receive information about the LifeList program and updates, please complete the interest form.
The LifeList program serves cancer patients who are between the ages of 18-39, currently receiving active treatment, and meet one of the following criteria:
LifeList program applications are accepted on a quarterly basis:
A program application link will be available on the Dear Jack Foundation website at www.dearjackfoudnation.org/lifelist at 10:00am MST on the above dates. Please note that available program participant spots fill very quickly.
Check back here to apply at 10:00am MST on the first day of the quarter!
LifeList program participants are an active part of the program for a total of 6 months from the date of acceptance. All LifeList wishes must be completed or ordered within those 6 months. Please be aware of your health status and the reality of being able to fulfill your requests within that time frame.
The total budget for a LifeList program participant wish is $2000.
Dear Jack Foundation is unable to accept wish requests for VISA/AMEX/Amazon gift cards, cash, or financial assistance (rent, mortgage, home repairs, car payments, student loan payments, medical expense reimbursement, fertility treatments, credit card payments, etc).
While Dear Jack strives to make wishes come true, we reserve the right to deny a wish or request modifications. If Dear Jack has concerns about your wishes, we will communicate appropriately with you and work together to create the best experience for you.
"I am watching my friends move forward in their lives; getting married, starting their careers. My cancer has stopped that for me."
"Hearing my little kids talk about chemo and radiation like it is a common term is depressing. I hate that my kids have had to see me go through everything that cancer does to a person."
"Despite the pain and problems, I refuse to slow down. I'm committed to not wasting one second while I'm 'healthy'."
"It is so hard to just not be able to do anything. To know that I don’t have much of a choice but to sit here, at home."
"So many of my closest friends have been my cheering section and I wouldn't be as optimistic as I am without all of these people."
"I think it helps to talk about it and to try to find the good in things."
"I’m looking forward to the opportunity of being able to get some music equipment to pursue my dreams."
"At 25, life is all about finding yourself as you gain independence and about becoming the best and healthiest version of yourself; but at 25 with cancer it is all about fighting to stay alive. "
"I would like to enjoy some time that I get to just relax and just be. I feel like I’m constantly worrying or fighting something. It would be nice for a break."
"The hardest part of my journey was losing my uterus. I have always wanted to have children. I can’t wait to adopt."
"It might sound like a cliché but my wife is my rock who keeps me going."
"I just want to be like a Phoenix, born again from the fires that once consumed me and breathe into me a new vision and life where I can thrive again."
"Cancer really takes your youth away in ways you would’ve never expected. Instead of going out with my friends and enjoying my early 20s I was laying in bed in pain from chemotherapy."
"I am looking forward to spending time with my family and doing something we all enjoy to make memories and escape the hospital for a short period."
"Cancer is insidious and snakes into every aspect of your life until it becomes a core—if not *the* core—defining aspect of who you are and your day-to-day life."
"I keep my hopes high, and I will use this diagnosis to become a better health professional."
"I've found a love for photography - it is something I can do even if I'm in my wheelchair."
"Maybe only one person will read this, but that is one person who is now aware that childhood cancer is real."
"I want to be able to see smiles on my children’s faces."
"I have so much love and support I almost didn't even apply."
"I am trying to fight with everything to be here to watch my son grow up."
"One thing I have learned through this journey is to not sweat the small stuff. When people complain about insignificant things, I want to tell them to find something positive about every day and to know that they are blessed."
"As an oncology nurse, my experiences over the past couple of years will only further allow me to advocate on behalf of my patients and to be able to understand them on a deeper level."
"It’s one thing to put on makeup and a wig and go out to dinner with your girlfriends and pretend like you don't have cancer for the night, but as soon as you get home, the makeup comes off, the wig comes off and the next day you're faced with..."
"I want to share my story and know others who have gone through what I've been through so we can rise together. "
"Recovery has been very difficult but I am grateful to be here right now and have another chance at life with my children."
" I am lucky to have a wonderful support network, but there is still a force field of trepidation around interacting with someone with serious illness."