LifeList

Programs

Hope During a Difficult Time

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 Q4 2021 are now closed. Our next application cycle will open on January 3, 2022. To receive information about the LifeList program and updates, please complete the interest form.

LifeList Program Eligibility:

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:

  • Within one year of primary cancer diagnosis
  • Recently experienced a relapse of a primary cancer or a secondary cancer diagnosis
  • Enrolled in a clinical trial where standard treatment protocols have proven unsuccessful

Interest Form

LifeList Program Guideline FAQs

How does a young adult cancer patient apply to be part of the LifeList program?

LifeList program applications are accepted on a quarterly basis. 2022 dates listed below:

  • January 3, 2022
  • April 1, 2022
  • July 1, 2022
  • October 1, 2022

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!

What is the total budget for a LifeList participant wish? 

The total budget for a LifeList program participant wish is $2000.

What is Dear Jack's COVID-19 policy for wishes that involve travel?

Until further notice, due to the impact of COVID-19, we will only be able to grant travel wishes for regional travel (locations that are driveable in distance). We will NOT grant travel wishes that include airfare, cruises, or theme parks. If you have questions or would like to discuss options for your wishes, please reach out to us as we love to help brainstorm.

What is the timeline for program participation?

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.

What is Dear Jack Foundation's policy for wishes that include financial assistance and/or gift cards?

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.

Meet Our LifeList Participants

Active Program Participants

Andrew W
Brian C
Cecilia M
Christina F
Emily S
Giovanni M
Haley M
Jaclyn N
Janna S-J
Jennifer Z
Jenny K
Jess B
Katie H
Kirwin C
Lauren C
Lexie Q
Matt A
McKenzie C
Michael T
Nechie F
Nicole G
Patricia H
Rhodes D
Ryan H
Ryan R
Sierra L
Tesia M
Thomas S
Andrew W

"I am watching my friends move forward in their lives; getting married, starting their careers. My cancer has stopped that for me."

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Brian C

"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."

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Cecilia M

"I would love an opportunity to spend time and have a wonderful experience with my husband and children."

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Christina F

"I’m looking forward to being able to have an opportunity to enjoy something purely fun and great after all of this time."

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Emily S

"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."

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Giovanni M

"I think it helps to talk about it and to try to find the good in things."

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Haley M

"I love playing basketball and wish I could enjoy my senior year instead of being stuck at home."

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Jaclyn N

"I want to share my story and know others who have gone through what I've been through so we can rise together. "

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Janna S-J

""Things like going to the movies or even eating in a restaurant have become almost foreign to me.""

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Jennifer Z

"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."

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Jenny K

"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. "

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Jess B

"It is so difficult to not lead any type of life expected as a young adult."

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Katie H

"I am hoping to go to Nursing school, but it has been an extremely slow process since I am only able to take a few classes online in between my treatments."

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Kirwin C

"It might sound like a cliché but my wife is my rock who keeps me going."

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Lauren C

" I can't wait for married life after cancer and all of the adventures we will go on."

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Lexie Q

"It’s been so hard not being able just to get up and go hang out with my friends or drive like everybody else does or getting a job - just living a normal life."

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Matt A

"The hardest thing about this is knowing that I will not be able to be there for my family. No one should ever have to feel the feelings I feel...no one."

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McKenzie C

"I feel like I'm stuck in time just living at home and going to the doctor."

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Michael T

"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."

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Nechie F

"I want to have moments in life that make me laugh again."

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Nicole G

"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."

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Patricia H

"I love helping people and I truly enjoy volunteering for the school and any sports my son plays."

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Rhodes D

"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."

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Ryan H

"Adjusting back to normal life is hard after being incapacitated for so long. it feels as if everyone else's lives keep moving along without me, causing me to feel disconnected from people, especially friends."

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Ryan R

"I used to go to every event my friends had planned and watching my group talk about all the activities planned was really hard to see as I am a social person."

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Sierra L

"It's difficult to have to put my life on hold. I get a lot of anxiety about all this and what the future holds for me."

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Tesia M

"I am trying to fight with everything to be here to watch my son grow up."

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Thomas S

"I want my family to be as happy as they can be because they lift me up."

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