August 23 will mark 10 years of Andrew McMahon being cancer free, following a stem cell transplant that rid him of acute lymphocytic leukemia, ultimately saving his life. McMahon's non-profit organization, the Dear Jack Foundation, are celebrating by launching the 72K Challenge, a fundraising campaign that aims to raise at least one dollar for each of the 72,000 newly-diagnosed adolescents and young adults with cancer. Andrew explains the initiative best, so watch the video below to get an idea of what he and DJF are hoping to accomplish.
“Ten years ago this August, I was transplanted with life-saving stem cells. When I first heard the words, ‘You have cancer,’ I never could have imagined what was to follow,” says McMahon in a press release. “The trajectory of a life is forever altered by those three loaded words. Unlike many friends I’ve met along the way, I survived to tell my story and use this new life to advocate for those who are hearing those difficult words for the first time.”
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
• Donate on DearJackFoundation.com – every dollar counts
• Spread the word with the hashtag, #DearJack72kChallenge
• Lend your social media presence to DJF on Thunderclap.com –a tool that lets our message be heard when you and your friends say it together. Think of it as an “online flash mob.” We can share the same message at the same time spreading it through Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Once we reach 500 people supporting The 72K Challenge our message will launch together! Join the 72K Challenge on Thunderclap here: http://thndr.it/1NrxX3I
• Look for more information on-site during The Wilderness Politics Tour – Andrew’s North-American fall co-headline tour with New Politics featuring special guests The Griswolds and LOLO