The Denver Doozie
Welp, Denver was a doozy! During our 5 day stint in this much anticipated city, we managed to squeeze in 7 events at universities, medical schools, concerts, community festivals, and churches. It was just a little busy and by some miracle we managed to make time for lots of filming and photo shoots for our upcoming article and webisode in INC magazine and INC online. Shout out to the talented camera crew who worked so hard grabbing footage and snapping photos that will help tell the story of our journey and raise awareness!
Aaaaand scene! Wrapped on an exciting project with @cultivatorlabs who we had a great time getting to know this week. So thankful that this crew is sharing our story! Breaking down the #squad from left to right: Homegirl Erin, the Stone-Faced Snuggler, Chris Harrison, Uncle David, the CEO, Sammalamma Ding-Dong, Foxy, and Steve Aoki, (featuring Maggie the Sassy Sprinter) ??
One of our favorite moments of Denver and probably of the year so far, was having the chance to tell our story and educate on the registry to about 9,000 people at the iconic Red Rocks amphitheater. We’d be lying if we said there weren’t a few nerves happening backstage before going on, but nothing that a quick dance session and a pep talk couldn’t work out. We’re so grateful to Love Hope Strength, the rock and roll swabbers who got us connected at Red Rocks, for giving us such an exciting opportunity. Next time you see us on that stage, we’ll be performing with the SAM jam band….just kidding, we’re keeping our harmonies and riffs inside the van!
Another highlight was meeting aplastic anemia patient, John, on our last day in town. It’s important that we always take the time to meet patients along the way to let them and their families know they’re not alone and to remind ourselves why we must keep trucking’ down the road.
John is such a sweet and smart kid! He got diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia a few months ago and went through the same treatment that Sam had 5 years ago. He's doing well now and hopefully won't need a transplant but his brothers aren't matches for him so we need to find him one on the registry! A little look into the beast that aplastic anemia is: John's platelets were at 1,000 when he got diagnosed. A healthy person has between 140,000-400,000.