How to Save a Life
Saving lives by going to music festivals? There's something to groove along to.
With Coachella in the spring, Lollapalooza in the summer and Austin City Limits in the fall, there's no shortage of good music to hear performed live under the setting sun. Capitalizing on the kindness of music lovers everywhere, a group called Love Hope Strength travels around to music festivals and other large events to take cheek swabs from fans who want to put themselves on the international bone marrow donor list, placing themselves in a position to save lives.
The music-centric cancer charity was founded by an entertainment industry insider and a musician who'd survived leukemia. Today, it harnesses the power of music to bring life-saving resources to those who need them.
To get involved, visit Love Hope Strength's "Get On the List" page and learn more about how you can help, either as a concertgoer, a volunteer or a contributor. You can also help save lives by buying a Love Hope Strength cuff and spread the word in the process.
To find out if Love Hope Strength will be coming to a stage near you, check the group's events page for upcoming dates.
(Because potentially saving lives while riding a wave of good music? If that's not rock & roll, we don't know what is.)
More About Love Hope Strength
- Since its establishment in 2007, Love Hope Strength has hosted its own series of concert events and partnered with large music festivals like ACL to build a database of bone marrow donors and raise funds for the cause.
- Its accomplishments, for starters, include purchasing the first mammography machine and brachytherapy (internal radiation) machine for the country of Nepal; funding a mobile cancer unit to screen more than 20,000 patients per year in remote regions of Peru; funding a new wing for a cancer center in Wales; purchasing a transport vehicle for a children's cancer center in New Jersey; conducting more than 800 bone marrow drives; adding 30,000 people to the national marrow database in the US; and locating more than 400 matches for patients in need of bone marrow transplants. To get involved, click here.