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Misfits for a Cause - Little Misfits x Dear Jack Foundation

Posted on 01 October 2015

It goes without saying that the cause that affects the greatest amount of people (in the developed world at least) is cancer - the latest statistics conclude that roughly 2/5 people will get cancer at some point in their lives. In the 10 months we have been creating Misfit for a Cause lines, this has become increasingly evident to us, and while it is awful, we take comfort in knowing we can do something about it.

Last month we held a charity fundraiser at BATL in Pickering for the Dear Jack Foundation. With your help, and many generous local businesses we were able to raise $700 for them in just a few short hours! You also may have read here that the DJF was picked as one of our charity choices for the upcoming Misfits for a Cause season. We are so incredibly happy to be supporting this incredible organization, so we thought we'd take some time to tell you about what they do, and why they are so close to our hearts.

Many of you who are now becoming parents may remember a pretty rad pop-punk band from the late 90s and early 2000s, Something Corporate. They captured teen girls' hearts with their piano-rock ballads and punk-infused pop songs, and their lead singer Andrew McMahon was the garage-band king many girls were dreaming of. Of course some of us were more into dark and brooding Davey Havok, or cute and goofy Tom Delonge... At any rate, Something Corporate was incredible. Andrew went on to have a successful music career with his next project Jack's Mannequin, and now plays sold out shows under his on moniker, as Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness.

What you may not know however is that just before the first Jack's Mannequin album (Everything in Transit) was released in 2005, Andrew became very ill and ended up in a fight for his life. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), and it was only after a stem-cell transplant from his sister that he turned the corner and survived. His fans rallied in support and started walking with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk in honour of him, and a year later in 2006 he started the Dear Jack Foundation.

Their mission: The Dear Jack Foundation (DJF) advocates for and supports initiatives that directly benefit adolescents and young adults (AYA) diagnosed with cancer.  The foundation supports organizations which recognize the unique challenges the AYA community faces, during and post-treatment.  Through outreach, collaboration, and focused initiatives, DJF works to create more positive health outcomes and improved quality of life for all young adults in this fight.

Sounds incredible right? The DJF is doing awesome things. They fund the UCLA stem cell transplant program, create scholarships to send young adult survivors to college, raise awareness of the particular hardships this group faces, and fund so many different programs and contribute to various organizations to help this segment of the cancer community. Little Misfits is happy to get behind this.

I (Laurel) personally have been working with Andrew for a number of years through various channels, and his organization is really close to my heart. If you have any questions about the Dear Jack Foundation, their Light the Night teams across the US or Canada, or how to get involved, please feel free to contact me here.

Otherwise you can help support their endeavours by purchasing one of their Misfits for a Cause t-shirts, and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the DJF! Thank you in advance for your support, and don't forget that we have a Skate4Cancer (Wellspring) MFAC line as well, which you can find out more about here.

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