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Carrigan Creech's Fundraiser:

The Dear Jack Foundation

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January 03, 2012

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In the spring of 2005, Andrew McMahon and his band Jack’s Mannequin embarked on their first U.S. headlining tour. However, before completing the tour, Andrew paid a visit to his voice doctor in New York City because he became concerned about his health. The following morning, Andrew was admitted to the hospital because the results of his blood work were alarming. Ultimately, everyone’s worst fears were confirmed: Andrew had Acute Lymphatic Leukemia (ALL).

Throughout the summer of 2005, Andrew underwent two rounds of chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and, with a stroke of good luck, a successful stem cell transplant from his sister. During his battle with ALL, it became clear to Andrew that in a generation where cancer has become the second largest cause of death in the US and the biggest public action item relevant to health, there were still major shortfalls in treatment, support, and research on behalf of the young adult demographic.

In an effort to initiate change and provide a voice for the generations of young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer, Andrew founded the Dear Jack Foundation in July of 2006.

Our mission is to be a leader in raising awareness and supporting organizations and charities with the greatest need and highest potential for impact on young adult cancer patients. We specifically aim to find treatments as well as expand on quality of life initiatives, such as counseling for young adult patients and their families. This age group of 15 to 35 year old patients is in desperate need of research. Cancer is the number one disease killer of young adults and studies continually show that the survival rate has not improved as steadily as that of other age groups.

Past recipients of Dear Jack funding are: the UCLA stem cell transplant program (a program on the cutting edge of cures through transplantation), The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation.

This is a cause that means a great deal to Andrew; he is constantly working on opportunities to direct money and awareness to the programs and charities that fight on the front lines against these diseases. From Andrew and the rest of us here at Dear Jack HQ, thank you for your consideration and involvement in fighting against young adult cancer.

The Dear Jack Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization. Tax ID 45-2219082. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. There are no paid employees of Dear Jack Foundation, it is a 100% volunteer run organization.



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