Referral (Prescription) Process

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Referral Process and Eligibility Requirements:

WOW! Experience program referral families must meet all eligibility requirements below before the Oncologist can submit the referral/prescription. All families must:

  • Be referred directly from their treating oncologists
  • Have late stage cancer with a life expectancy of 12 months or less. Please feel free to call Kerry McGavin, our WOW! Director, to specifically discuss a timeout timetable for your patient/family
  • Have at least one child age between the ages of three (3) and eighteen (18) – Only one child must meet the age requirement; The spirit of the foundation is to focus on the children living in the household (generally 18 and under).
  • Must be cleared for travel by treating Oncologist
  • Have not participated in an any adult dream, wish, or any other similar program

Please note, income is not a consideration in the eligibility of families. We treat families from all income levels. 

Referral candidates will be contacted after the Memory Opportunity referral package, including all forms, has been received and eligibility confirmed. Please print neatly to ensure everything is read accurately. To confirm being cleared for travel, we will need to review the referral form with the Social Worker or Oncologist to confirm eligibility, prior to contacting the family.

For questions, please contact Kerry McGavin at (404) 537-5254.


Recently, an unusually high percentage of families prescribed to JAJF, were too sick or
became too sick to travel. Please note, your patient must be cleared for travel. You, of
course, are in the best position to determine if your family (the young Mom or Dad) is well enough to take the trip per our parameters.

Once we receive your paperwork clearing your family for travel, we arrange their trip
typically between three and eight weeks (around their treatment schedule) . However, please adhere to the time frame options in section VI of the prescription form. It is in the interest of no one to try to force a family into the system if there is a likelihood the Dad or Mom will become too ill or is already too frail to travel. Please review the cover page of the prescription form before suggesting or contacting a family.

Please also note, you do not need to do anything other than make the referral to JAJF for a prescribed timeout. We will review all details and all travel options with your family.

Please review the website to better appreciate, WOW! Experiences® come in all forms and destinations depending on a number of variables. We want to continue to add value to your total cancer care. We will continue to provide cherished, positive memories for these young families. If you have any questions before discussing JAJF with one of your families, please call Kerry McGavin, our WOW! Experience Director at (310) 880-7767.

To refer a family, please download and complete the Oncology Referral Form and return to (404) 920-2139.

Please note, incomplete referrals will not be processed until both the patient and oncology portions are completed and returned.  Once completed, signed paperwork is received, you (the family) will be contacted within two weeks to begin the planning. You’ll be given several choices of destinations based on several factors including the age of your children. Families typically go on their prescribed timeout… their WOW! Experience within 3-8 weeks of initial contact. Delays due to health over 12 weeks of initial paperwork may result in the need for the prescription to be re-approved by your Oncologist.