Nikki Nickerson's dad died of cancer 11 years ago, and she remembers the last six months of his life as being focused on the treatments.
"When the diagnosis is stage 4 cancer, you forget how to have fun," said Nickerson.
She recalled this when she saw the CBS Morning News doing a feature on the Jack & Jill Late State Cancer Foundation one day and knew she wanted to get involved.
The Jack & Jill Foundation puts together a vacation package for families that have a member with stage 4 cancer that is customized for their needs, desires and capabilities so the family can make some great memories even with a dire diagnosis.
All referrals to the organization come from oncology doctors.
Nickerson became involved five years ago and this Sunday she will sponsor the first benefit at Rosemary Beach for the Jack & Jill Foundation.
The benefit is a sunset celebration June 11, which is being held above the Feed & Seed building at 31 Main Street in Rosemary Beach.
"We are proud to be a WOW! Partner with the foundation," said Nickerson. "We invite the public to come and meet the organization's founder, Jon Albert."
A WOW! Partner is someone who donates funds to provide a Jack & Jill family a memorable "wow" experience.
The organization has been featured on ""CBS Sunday Morning," "The Today Show" and Sanjay Gupta has chosen to spotlight it.
The JAJF treats children facing the imminent loss of their mom or dad to cancer to WOW! experiences -- a time out together as a family while they can.
Nickerson invites the public to come out Sunday and honor their father and all fathers in our lives.
The celebration/fundraiser is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
She is providing small bites, select wine, beer and soft drinks.
"We are funding 100 percent and all money raised goes to JAJF. Cancer affects so many. I am fond of this charity. They help people live while they are living," said Nickerson.
There is no fee to attend, but donations are requested, and registration is requested due to food and drink requirements.
If unable to attend the event, or to learn more about JAJF, visit www.jajf.org and make a donation online.
To register, go to Eventbrite.com and key in Rosemary Beach events.