Dear Jack Foundation

We at Mind the Gap have a philanthropic side, so you’ll occasionally see posts about the different charities or organizations that are important to us.

First up, I’d like to talk about the Dear Jack Foundation.  

The DJF was founded in 2006 by singer-songwriter, Andrew McMahon. If his name is familiar to you, it’s because he’s somehow had his hand in the alternative music scene since 1998 with his bands Something Corporate, Jack’s Mannequin, and his recent solo effort, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.

In fact, make sure you check back here on Saturday for our track-by-track review of Jack’s Mannequin’s debut album, Everything in Transit, which is turning ten this year!

In 2005, Andrew was diagnosed with leukemia. During his treatment, he noticed the lack of support and research on behalf of young victims, and so the Dear Jack Foundation was born.

Their mission? To “serve the adolescent and young adult cancer community through collaboration, support, and focused initiatives”. 

In the fall, a Light the Night walk is held in many North American cities, raising funds and awareness for those suffering from leukemia or lymphoma. For the past ten years, the Dear Jack Foundation has teams across the US and Canada walking either in memory of someone lost to cancer or in support of cancer victims. 

This will be my second year walking with the Toronto DJF team, and it’s a rewarding experience. Even if you, like me, don’t personally know someone struggling with cancer, it’s way to show your support and the mutlicoloured lanterns (red for supporters, white for patients/survivors, and gold in memorium) are a beautiful sight to see. I encourage you to support your local Light the Night walk in any way you can, either by walking, donating, or just spreading the word. 

For more information about the Dear Jack Foundation, you can check out their website here or find them on Twitter @dearjackhq

For more information about the Light the Night walk, click here for Canada or here for the US. You can find the Toronto DJF Team (including me!) here or on Twitter @TOLTNTeamDJF