SAVING LIVES, ONE CONCERT AT A TIME
At Love Hope Strength we turn concerts into lifesaving events. Through our GET ON THE LIST campaign we register marrow donors resulting in matches from concerts around the world. Through unique events, like Everest Rocks and Kilimanjaro Rocks, we build cancer centers, giving people access to early detection and quality cancer care.
LHS was founded in 2007 by leukemia survivors Mike Peters (of the Welsh rock band The Alarm) and James Chippendale (president of Ascend Insurance Brokerage). As the world’s leading rock-and-roll cancer foundation, LHS primarily raises its funds through musical pilgrimages to majestic sites like Mt. Everest, Mt. Fuji and Machu Picchu.
Rather than funding cancer research, LHS focuses on building and supporting cancer centers around the world, boosting awareness of global cancer needs, and expanding international bone marrow databases. One of LHS’s many accomplishments include purchasing Nepal’s first mammography and internal radiation machines and funding the construction of the first children’s cancer center in Tanzania.
Through our partnership with Delete Blood Cancer, LHS frequently spearheads bone marrow drives at concerts and major musical events like Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. LHS has added close to 100,000 people to the national marrow database and found close to 1500 of matches for patients in need of bone marrow transplants. Headquartered in Denver, LHS now has chapters in the United Kingdom, Mexico and Australia.
WHAT HAVE WE ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR?
- Purchased the first mammography machine for the country of Nepal.
- Purchased the first brachytherapy (internal radiation) machine for the country of Nepal.
- Funded a new wing for a cancer care center in Wales.
- Purchased a transport vehicle for a children’s cancer center in New Jersey.
- Conducted thousands of bone marrow drives with our GET ON THE LIST Volunteers all over the country at venues such as; The Pepsi Center and Red Rocks Amphitheater, festivals such as; Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits and on tour with artists; Robert Plant, Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Big Country, Squeeze, Linkin Park, Michael Franti, Flogging Molly, George Straight, O.A.R. and more.
- Through our GET ON THE LIST campaign and partnership with Delete Blood Cancer we have added close to 100,000 people to international marrow databases.
- Located over 1,300 potential life saving matches for patients in need of bone marrow transplants.
- Hosted the first saliva-based bone marrow registration drive at a concert in UK.
- Funded the making of Everest Rocks, a documentary on cancer survivorship aired on Palladia and NBC’s Universal Sports.
- Funded a Public Service Announcement on the need for bone marrow donors.
- Funded the construction of the first dedicated children’s cancer center in Tanzania which opened in February of 2011.
- Funded More To Live For, an award winning documentary about 3 men in need of marrow transplants.
- In 2013 LHS provided funding for additional doctors to help with the growing number of children being cared for in Tanzania.
- In 2014, 11 nurses and caregivers traveled to Tanzania with 1,200 pounds of supplies, assisted with patient care and provided additional funds for oncology doctors.
- Hosted the closing ceremony at the World Cancer Congress in Australia in 2014.
- Provided bright pillowcases and holiday gift bags for hundreds of patients undergoing bone marrow transplants throughout the States.