Kenny Chesney, Love Hope Strength Foundation Find Bone Marrow Matches On Tour
December 22, 2015 at 11:03 AM (PT)
KENNY CHESNEY’s BIG REVIVAL TOUR wasn’t just the most-attended country music tour this year with 1,335,0022 fans, it was also a tour that made a difference. Participating in the LOVE HOPE STRENGTH FOUNDATION’s GET ON THE LIST CAMPAIGN, concert goers at CHESNEY's stadium shows were able to participate in a mobile drive to register potential bone marrow donors with a simple cheek swab test that, in co-operation with DELETE BLOOD CANCER, get entered in the national donor bank for potential matches.
CHESNEY's NO SHOES NATION provided 25 potential matches to people fighting life-threatening bone and blood cancers, joining fans attending BONNAROO, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS FESTIVAL, BUMBERSHOOT, the GRATEFUL DEAD's FARE THEE WELL concerts and artists ranging from ROBERT PLANT, MUMFORD & SONS, MICHAEL FRANTI and NORAH JONES to ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, LINKIN PARK, JAMES TAYLOR, SHOVELS & ROPE and JACK WHITE.
Commented CHESNEY, “When KATE McMAHON with our tour promoter explained it to me, it seemed not only so simple, but the kind of thing the NO SHOES NATION is all about. Give back to others, help where you can, live to the fullest and make a difference. I can’t believe they’ve found 25 matches, but I couldn’t be prouder for the fans who come out and live these songs with us.”
GET ON THE LIST Director Of Events TIM BRAMLETTE explained, “It’s really easy. We bring the pop-up tent and the LOVE HEALTH STRENGTH MINI COOPER -- and they set us up in the parking lot where all the special stuff is. Our team comes down and we make ourselves available to give people information. They fill out a form, swab their cheek, and are only contacted if they’re 100% a perfect match, which doesn’t sound like too much, but the number of people on this planet?
“The participant could be across the world, across the country or next door. You never know, and that’s the amazing part. If you are a match, it’s easy. You sit in a chair for a couple of hours. They filter your blood and pull the healthy stem cells out of your plasma, and the recipient has them injected into their blood stream the same way they were extracted- through a drip, right into the blood stream.”
Added CHESNEY: “I learned through the SPREAD THE LOVE FUND how small things can sometimes make a major difference. I know my fans will pitch in, will help people in need. This was something so hard to believe given how easy and simple it is. I’m thrilled to hear 25 matches have already been found. Maybe we should call them the NO SHOES, ALL HEART, NATION.”