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.
Applications are currently closed and will reopen on Thursday, December 28th, 2023 at 10 am MT and remain open until Thursday, January 4th, 2024.
If you submit an application during this time, you will receive an email by the end of day on January 4th, 2024 notifying you whether or not you have been selected for the next step of the process. Those that are selected will receive a text and an email informing them that they have been moved forward in the process and will have four days to complete the full application that will be linked in the email. If the second application is not completed in that time your application will no longer be accepted. Those who are not selected will receive an email with information about how to apply again in the future and an invitation to join our online community.
***While we accept any application for this phase of the process, LifeList has a limited capacity each quarter. Any applications received during the open application period will be included in a random selection to determine which applicants will be considered for admittance into the program.***
Applications are currently closed and will reopen on Thursday, December 28th at 10 am MT and remain open until on Thursday, January 4th, 2024 at 10 am MST.
If you are a young adult, ages 18-39, currently in treatment for cancer, you may qualify for the LifeList program. To receive an email prior to the next application cycle, please fill out the interest form linked above.
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:
The LifeList program has one week at the beginning of each quarter when we accept applications. The dates for 2023 are below and will open and close at 10 am MST on those dates. Any applications received during that time frame will be considered. On the close of application day, all applicants will receive an email letting them know if they have been selected to move forward in the process or not. A program application link will be available on the Dear Jack Foundation website at www.dearjackfoundation.org/lifelist.
The average value for a LifeList program participant wish is $2000, which includes donated items.
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.
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.
"Being away from my family for treatment has been really heartbreaking but I'm so grateful for FaceTime"
"Sometimes life has its curveballs, but you can live a meaningful life where you can accomplish all your dreams despite your diagnosis"
"It's a unique challenge to grapple with such a serious illness at a stage in life when you're supposed to be full of dreams and possibilities, but I'm determined to find strength in this adversity and continue moving forward with hope"
"Going through treatment while everyone around you lives their normal lives sucks. It’s hard."
"Since my daughter was born, I have spent more time in the hospital than with her"
"I balance hope and optimism on one hand and the reality of the situation (including very grim statistics) on the other"
"I feel like I have barely gotten any time to just live a normal life. I have spent so much time being sick and in hospitals and not getting to enjoy life with my family "
"I felt like cancer stripped me from everything that made me feel like a woman"
"Cancer is a constant reminder that you can’t control anything in life other than your attitude and how you handle what is thrown at you"
"I'm at the age when many friends and coworkers are having children, and while I'm happy for them, I'm also envious that I'm not able to have children at this time"
"Losing my leg has been the most difficult part of treatment. I know I will still achieve my goals, but this has been a difficult setback"
"I'm not in college and working towards what I want to do in life"
"Shaping my thoughts into words has been a tough thing for me"
"This has been the hardest year of my life mentally and physically. "
"You almost feel betrayed and don't trust your own skin again."
"Being younger and having cancer makes me feel a little bit lonely "
"The feeling of having a disease is a very excluding feeling. It’s a hard lonely feeling that no one should experience. I want to feel like there’s good in the world."
"I’m looking forward to having something to look forward to that is not cancer related"
"I am so sad that I will never be the woman I once was. She is gone. She is now consumed with worry, insecurities, doubt, and anger."
"I’m looking forward to being able to recover and continue on doing what I love to do"
"It is hard to manage working full time and being a parent through surgery, recovery, and chemo"
"My new path is paved with uncertainty, but hope still pushes all my steps forward"
"This journey has truly tested me physically and emotionally"
"I have a cancer that people in their 80s get and I haven't even started living my life"
"The most difficult aspect of being a young adult with cancer is being a mom to a young boy. I hate that he has a sick mother."
"I just want to beat this thing for my daughter, my partner and my family."
"I do my best to make the whole process look easy, but at the end of the day it truly is a job of its own"
"For all the times I was very weak and unable to cook or clean for myself my mom ensured I was well taken care of"
"I was forced to stop my education to focus on my health"
"I’ve been hurt by so many people through all of this, that being a part of this program brought me to tears. I’m so thankful for good people"
"I want to do things with my kids so they remember me"
"Literally every single day is a challenge, and some days I overcome that challenge more easily than others"
"It's definitely hard seeing everyone live their lives, while I'm stuck in the same cycle for almost two years now"
"One of the most difficult parts of having cancer as a young person is finding other people with similar experiences."
"I’ve missed out on sports seasons in high school, family and friend events, activities and vacations that I will never get back"
"One of the most difficult things has been not being able to do things I used to do before having cancer"
"Having cancer has created a loneliness unlike anything I've ever experienced in my life"
"As a young adult, it has been hard losing so much independence and being so reliant on other people"
"My days before my diagnosis were always filled to the brim full of meaning and hard work, now they are now filled with appointments, pills, procedures. The drastic change was hard, but the drive to return to my old life is what keeps me going."
"I’m too sick to take care of my baby the way that I want to"
"You've got this constant fear about the future and it's like always living with a dark cloud over your head"
"I can’t do anything to reach all the goals that I had planned"
"It's also very hard to see people my age traveling and enjoying their life as my days are spent at John Stoddard Cancer Center "