Jon Albert Named 2018 CNN Hero
Mazel Tov to the founder of Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation.
Jon Albert was chosen as a CNN Hero, an award that recognizes individuals who make extraordinary contributions and make a difference.
Albert is the founder of Atlanta-based Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation.
JAJF eases the burden of children whose parents are dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. JAJF arranges WOW! Experiences, a prescribed time away from hospitals and treatments, to bond families through positive memories such as trips to the beach, baseball games, concerts, amusement parks, guest ranches and festivals. Since 2006, JAJF has helped 1,000 families facing late-stage cancer.
JAJF was born from tragedy when Albert realized the cancer diagnosis of his late wife, Jill, was affecting the entire family. He served as director of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. After the 1996 Olympics, Albert became president of the builder division of Apex Supply, which was bought by The Home Depot.
CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute is a special television program hosted by Anderson Cooper. Ten recipients are elected each year and receive $50,000 each.