It’s Raining Swabs in Seattle

What could possibly be better than a 3 day music festival at the iconic Seattle Space Needle with headliners like The Weekend ? Why, a 3 day music festival at the iconic Seattle Space Needle with headliners like The Weekend with swabs of course! SAM teamed up with Love Hope Strength, an organization focused on registering people at concerts, to get the audiophiles of Washington a chance to get on the list at Bumbershoot music festival. With the finecky Seattle weather behaving itself for the most part, we broke last years record with over 300 cheeks swabbed! With long days ahead of us, the SAM Team knew we needed backup and called upon our wonderful and swab-happy mothers who flew in to help out and give us some time away from the table to check out some sweet bands.

Another highlight from our time at Bumbershoot was getting to meet Athena, of bone marrow fame. An aplastic anemia survivor like Sam, Athena is about one year post transplant and she is alive because of a stranger who selflessly donated. She uses her instagram, @president_athena, to spread awareness and give insight to what it’s like to receive a transplant and to take full advantage of the second chance at life she was given! We were sad she had to experience the rejection that often comes with bone marrow donor drives, but it fired us up to do whatever we can to keep educating people and erasing the myths surrounding donation!