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!
We finally got to meet @president_athena today!!! Athena's life was saved by a bone marrow transplant! She is now aplastic anemia free because of a stranger's kindness! She's also an Insta-celebrity and we fan-girled over getting to hang out with her at Bumbershoot. Mini rant here: You guys that follow us get the registry and how important it is but 98% of the world just does not get it. When an adorable young girl kindly asks people if they want to join the bone marrow registry because she wouldn't be alive without it and they just ignore her or they say no, we get a LITTLE angry. We are so sad that she had to experience rejection like this. What does it take to get people to care??! Please weigh in on this! We've had it up to here! ?