What is Love Hope Strength?

Monday, October 15, 2012
By, Shannon Foley
In 2007, Love Hope Strength Foundation was co-founded by leukemia survivors Mike Peters of the Welsh rock band The Alarm and President of CSI Entertainment James Chippendale who believe that awareness, early detection and proper treatment should not be a luxury and wanted to find a way to ensure that all people have access to the same resources that saved their lives. Through concerts in extreme locations, Love Hope Strength has brought cancer care and awareness to every corner of the globe. The idea came from a simple goal. Mike Peters, while going through cancer treatment for the second time, could see the highest peak in the United Kingdom, Mount Snowdon, from his hospital room. He promised the nurses and doctors that one day he would hike to the top and perform a benefit concert to raise funds to improve their hospital. He set his sights on the top, and went for it. When Chippendale and Peters first met, James threw out a larger challenge…if Peters could perform a concert on the highest peak in the UK, why not the highest peak in the world? And so the idea of Everest Rocks was born, and from that a global mission of bringing cancer care and awareness around the world through music grew into a reality. With headquarters in Denver, CO and chapters in Dallas, Peru, United Kingdom and Australia, the Love Hope Strength Foundation has performed concerts on 6 continents in just three year’s time. We led musical pilgrimages to remote venues such as the base camp of Everest, the top of The Empire State Building, the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, the glaciers of Kilimanjaro, the sunrise of Mount Fuji, the Valleys of Rhondda  and reached out through the universal language of music. We have also teamed up with DKMS, the world’s largest marrow registry, to expand our reach by conducting bone marrow drives at concerts, music festivals and events in the United States and United Kingdom so that people, like founder James Chippendale himself, can find the match that will save their lives.

Saving lives, one concert at a time. The mission is to save lives, right now, with the advances that have already been made in cancer care. We do not fund cancer research, rather we use our funds to:

Build and support cancer centers,
Build international marrow databases and,
Build awareness of global cancer needs.
Funds from recent events have:
  • -Purchased the first mammography machine for the country of Nepal.
  • -Purchased the first brachytherapy (internal radiation) machine for the country of Nepal.
  • -Funded a mobile cancer unit which will screen and treat 20-000-30,000 patients per year in remote regions of Peru.
  • -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 over 200 bone marrow drives at venues such as The Pepsi Center and Red Rocks Amphitheatre, festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Mile High Music Fest, Union County Music Fest and Austin City Limits.
  • -Added over 9,000 people to the national marrow database.
  • -Located over 50 matches for patients in need of bone marrow transplants.
  • -Brought supplies to cancer centers in need around the world.
  • -Hosted the first saliva-based bone marrow registration drives at concerts in UK.
  • -Funded the making of Everest Rocks, a documentary on cancer survivorship now in it’s 3rd year of airing on Palladia (MTV High Def Channel) and new airings on NBC’s Universal Sports.
  • -Funded a Public Service Announcement on the need for bone marrow donors with world renowned musicians at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
  • -Funded the construction of the first children’s cancer center in Tanzania.
  • -Funding the making of a documentary on bone marrow registration.
  • -Begun the process making saliva based bone marrow registration a global initiative in conjunction with The International Coalition of Cancer (UICC)
Shannon Foley
Love Hope Strength Executive Director
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