Ten years ago Hopeless Records along with its non-profit organization Sub City decided it was time to take a stand, or rather-- Take Action. The label launched a hugely successful philanthropic rock tour simply known as the "Take Action Tour" with a mission to bring awareness and raise money for a cause each year. In the past the Take Action Tour has worked with such admirable organizations like Do Something and the Youth America Hotline.
This year, Take Action has teamed up with a remarkable young man named Patrick Pedraja, a 14 year old boy who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 10. A year later, Pedraja, along with his family started Driving For Donors and set out on the road across the country with the mission of signing people up for the National Marrow Registry which helps to find bone marrow matches for people in need of a transplant.
Patrick Pedraja, founder of Driving For Donors: Photo via drivingfordonors.com
At every one of the 32 tour stops (starting on January 25th in Atlanta and ending on March 2nd in Dallas) there will be opportunities for attendees to sign up for the National Marrow Registry. Registration is easy and only requires the potential donor to be between the ages of 18 and 61 and have a few brief moments for paperwork and a cheek swab. Attendees under the age of 18 will also be able to support the cause at each stop and in addition 10% of the cost of each ticket to the show will be donated to the cause.