A unique approach to serving cancer patients is the Love Hope Strength Foundation (LHS), founded in 2007. Their mission is to save lives, one concert at a time.
The organization was co-founded by Mike Peters, a three-time cancer survivor and singer for the Welsh rock band The Alarm; and James Chippendale, a cancer survivor and insurance executive specializing in the music industry.
At the beginning, they used funds to purchase medical equipment and supplies; raise awareness through special events, documentaries and media; and help build cancer centers.
In 2007, LHS hosted the world’s highest concert at 18,536 feet on Mt Everest, witnessed by over three million people on the internet. Other concerts have included venues like Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Fuji. Their efforts have funded the first-ever mammography machine at Bhaktapur Cancer Center in Kathmandu as well as a Children’s Cancer Unit in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
They continue in internationally to take the message of love, hope, and strength to those who do not have access to the same medical treatments, care, and facilities experienced by many patients in the west.
Another unique feature of LHS is their contribution to the International Bone Marrow Registry. At concerts and festivals around the world, concert goers are encouraged to “Get on the List” by signing up using a cheek swab. As a result, over 100,000 music fans have been added to the registry and thousands of matches found for blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma.
For more information, visit them at http://www.lovehopestrength.org.