A message from Kyle Woody, a Jack's Founder & Executive Director
I'm excited to announce that I've gone to work for Jack's full time, continuing to lead the organization as I have since 2014 when we were founded. It's my hope this news will further inspire all of you that have joined us in our mission, we want you all to know how serious Jack's is. Our mission is no longer just something we work on during nights and weekends or when it's "convenient." It's something we're always working on.
Our recent "Extreme Sandbox" program in October is a perfect reminder of why we exist. We had the privilege of bringing a group of men together who've collectively had decades of experience caring for their loved ones with cancer. A group of men who haven't, until Jack's came along, had a community for them. Jack's understands what the powerless frustration caused by losing control to cancer does to a man. So we gave these men the controls of powerful machines and challenged them to annihilate the "Cancer Car". They didn't disappoint! What we do is simple really - our hospitality brings these men together, and together they improve.
And as we prepare for November, National Family Caregivers Awareness Month, we have more exciting news to share. Our board is growing. We're launching a series of Twitter Chats titled #Menwhocare during which we'll moderate a national conversation on the subject of men who are caregivers. And we're launching a Podcast that's on a mission to inspire the world to reconsider what men are capable of. Plus we'll have our first ever program at Prince's place!
I'm inspired by Prince and the story of his performance at the 2007 Super Bowl. Largely recognized as the best Super Bowl halftime performance in history. Who could forget Purple Rain in that huge Miami rain storm? But did you know that before the show Prince was warned about the numerous risks of performing in that storm. When asked about whether or not to proceed, Prince responded,
Can you make it rain harder? - Prince
How bold and confident the guy was to rise up and just get stormed upon, to bring what he brought to that challenge.
At Jack's we believe every man has the potential to face the challenge of cancer caregiving as boldly and confidently as Prince faced that Miami rain storm.
And while we're inspired by Prince our story isn't about people like him. It's about the lives of everyday people like you that live in your community. Everyday people that wake up every day and face something much more sinister than a storm.
All our best,