LHS needs you! - Help Save Lives - Write to your Representative

Love Hope Strength needs your help to save lives on Capitol Hill!

Please write to your Congressmen or Senators and ask him or her to please attend our ‘Get On the List’ Donor drive at the Capitol’s, Capitol Visitor Center, HVC-200, September 6th between 10am and 4pm.

It’s really quite simple, visit www.contactingthecongress.org or www.house.gov/representatives/find/  and type in your zipcode. The name of your congressional representative and Senators will appear and there will be a box to post your letter in (copy and paste template below), fill out the address form – press send and it’s that easy!

LHSF has been campaigning for this day for many years and it is so exciting to feel that all the hard work and effort, made possible with the support of DKMS, and so many others like you, is finally coming to fruition.

Thank you so much for your support.

Mike Peters (Co-Founder of Love Hope Strength)

The Letter for you to send via www.contactingthecongress.org or www.house.gov/representatives/find/ is here:

Dear (Please fill in the name of your Congressmen and/or Senator),

Bone Marrow Donor Recruitment Drive Event, in the Capitol’s Capitol Visitor Center HVC-200, Washington DC on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 from 10 am to 4 pm.

As a member of your constituency, I am writing to ask you to join forces with Love Hope Strength Foundation and DKMS at their event in the Capitol Building, Washington D.C. on September 6, 2016 and thus to provide an exemplary platform to showcase the need for people in the USA to become members of the International Bone Marrow Donor Program.

As you may be aware, half the people in the United States who need a lifesaving transplant, do not find a match. It is my hope that this partnership between Love Hope Strength Foundation and DKMS will immensely  grow the number of U.S. donors and significantly improve the chances of finding a potentially live saving matches for those patients suffering from a blood borne cancer or illness across the U.S. and worldwide.

You must be between the ages of 18-55, which also means that most people in the U.S. are now eligible to become a donor.  To register it’s a quick and simple process for those whom are eligible and in good general health.   Potential donors fill out the simple consent form, swab their cheeks with a cotton swab, and it only takes a few minutes. The details are then stored anonymously in the International Bone Marrow Registry until the age of 61.

Love Hope Strength Foundation and DKMS wish to encourage and support thousands of people in the USA to become potential donors.  It is my hope that you will represent our community by registering, as well as further educating other Congressmen, Senators, and your families alike to become potential life saving donors through a process, that in many cases, is as simple as giving blood.

A recently held event within the House of Commons in the UK registered over one hundred MP’s and staff members including members of the cabinet. One such MP John Glen, became a lifesaving match a few months later!

Love Hope Strength Foundation was created in 2007 by Mike Peters, lead singer of UK rock band The Alarm, and James Chippendale a music executive from Dallas, Texas who are both Leukemia survivors and in the case of James Chippendale a transplant survivor whose lifesaving donor was found by DKMS in Germany.

Love Hope Strength was created to help those less fortunate that do not have access to the incredible health care systems and specialists we have here in the west. The charity was registered in the United States and began rolling out the Love Hope Strength mission via musical expeditions to Mt. Everest, Kilimanjaro and Mt. Fuji; raising funds to build cancer centers in Tanzania and Nepal and for those less fortunate along the way.

In 2010, Love Hope Strength partnered with DKMS in the U.S. and began hosting successful donor drives across America to encourage those to sign up to their ‘Get On The List’ program.  Since then, this unique partnership has inspired 150,000 new donors to registry and has located over 3,000 potentially lifesaving matches.

DKMS US, part of the DKMS Germany family of organizations worldwide, was founded more than 20 years ago around the case of blood cancer patient Mechtild Harf. Her transplant need inspired her husband Peter Harf and her physician Prof. Gerhard Ehninger to launch DKMS as a source of donors worldwide for people in Mechtild’s situation. Committed to this cause, they refuse to stop their work until they have found a match for every patient who needs a transplant!

I sincerely hope that you will consider becoming a potential bone marrow donor and support us in inspiring the nation to ‘Get On The List’.

Thank you for your consideration.

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