What Is One List One Life?

One List One Life is the story of two friends, Clay and Dillon, doing everything they can to make bucket list dreams possible for people greatly affected by cancer. 

Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s sad. Hell, sometimes Clay even dresses up as a Cheetah. 

We’ve seen the crazy things that happen when you spend just a little bit of effort to Live For Another and One List One Life is our attempt to document all the high’s and low’s of that journey.

Who Are We?

Dillon - One List One Life

I was was attending UC Davis as an undergrad in Managerial Economics and Cognitive Science before dropping out of college to help Chris complete his bucket list. Before that, most of my time went to Gamers Gift, a 501(c)3 non-profit that uses video games as a way to help children in the hospital and people facing disabilities.

One List One Life is important to me because I love the internet and I think we can use it to change the inspire people to help eachother as much as possible.

Clay - One List One Life

Dillon and I went to elementary, middle, and high-school together before going our separate ways for college. Eventually, I left Santa Clara University and joined a small start-up here in Sacramento. Dillon reached out to me about what his idea of turning One List One Life into something that helps more than just our friend Chris – I spoke to my wife and almost immediately quit my job to get started. 

One List One Life is important to me because I saw just how impactful our videos can be – I want as many people as possible to experience that joy.

Together, we run two organizations.

One List One Life is our reason to wake up in the morning – we love to work on these videos and bring joy to the people we help and the people in our community. Dillon leads the charge by producing/editing the videos and planning events/ bucket list items.

Clay, on the other hand, leads One List Media – the organization that helps us pay our bills while we’re working to grow One List One Life. One List Media is not nearly as exciting, but we use our experience with the internet to help small businesses get more customers. 

Our Story

In 2017, Clay and Dillon found out their friend since 5th grade had one year left to live. His cancer was back and the prognosis wasn’t looking good.

Hearing that news, we decided to quit our jobs and drop out of college to create, experience, and document our bucket list. Overnight, this story went viral and our bucket list became a reality – from feeding the homeless to meeting Danny Devito, anything was possible. 

Then, after a few months of making viral videos around our bucket list, we aimed to cross off #4: break a world record. Our community beat the world recording for most bone marrow donor signups after launching a successful viral campaign, #LemonsForLeukemia. Fortunately for us, 11,000 people joined the bone marrow registry – one of them saving our friend’s life. 

We’ve seen the crazy things that happen when you spend just a little bit of effort to Live For Another and One List One Life is our attempt to document all the high’s and low’s of that journey.

The Bucket Lists We're Working On

What does it mean to 'Live For Another'?

One List One Life started because we came together to turn a tragic situation into an incredible journey. That being said, we hit the ground running and never had a chance to understand what we were doing until late 2018. We sat in our office for a couple hours trying to define what One List One Life was.

After dozens of terrible slogans, we came up with ‘Live For Another’. It might mean do your best to live for another beautiful day. It might mean consider how you could do something to make another person’s day a little brighter. We don’t really know, to be honest. We just know that waking up everyday thinking of ways to make something magical happen for cancer patients has changed our lives and we want other people to experience that adventure with us.