Love Hope Strength

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Love Hope Strength Foundation is a charitable foundation whose purpose is to raise funds and awareness in order to benefit people with cancer and leukaemia. The charity sponsors treks and climbs to the world's highest mountains, often performing musical concerts at the peak.


In spring 2001, at age 31, James Chippendale, an American businessman, was diagnosed with leukemia, needing a bone marrow transplant to recover.[1] After his recovery in 2003 he founded a cancer charity, the Love Hope Strength Foundation (LHSF) with fellow survivor Mike Peters, a Welsh musician and lead singer with The Alarm.[2]


The charity raises funds for cancer treatment, promotes awareness and early detection, and advocates for bone marrow registration by holding rock concerts at remote, elevated venues, including Everest base camp,[3] the top of the Empire State Building,[4] the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu,[5] with a concert at Mount Kilimanjaro in 2009.[6] The UK organisation holds an annual summer trek to the top of Wales' highest mountain, Snowdon, called Snowdon Rocks,[7] and to this has been added a number of other events, including Rhondda Rocks, Avebury Rocks and Ben Nevis Rocks.

LHSF concerts feature both amateur and professional musicians, and have featured high-profile rock musicians including Chuck Berry, The Fixx's Cy Curnin, Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook, Everclear, The Beat, Nick Harper, Chris Summerill and members of The Cult.[8] The first four shows had raised almost $1 million by September 2008.[9]

LHSF is a beneficiary of a documentary film called More To Live For,[10] which details James Chippendale's cancer and survivorship experience.


  1. ^ Martin, Lisa (17 September 2008). "Dallas cancer survivor starts charity with singer from a popular '80s band". Retrieved 6 February 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ Kripke, Pamela Gwyn (November 9, 2008). "A World Away, Finding a Lifeline and a Friend". New York Times. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Editorial: Life-saving gift". Dallas Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Alarm Singer Aims High With Tour". BBC News Wales. BBC. 12 March 2007. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  5. ^ Sapatkin, Don (October 13, 2008). "Going extra miles for cancer aid". Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on January 8, 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "Kilimanjaro Rocks". Love Hope Strength Foundation. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  7. ^ "Snowdon Rocks 10 - Love Hope Strength Foundation". Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Love Hope Strength Foundation: Mission". Love Hope Strength Foundation. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  9. ^ Kripke, Pamela Gwyn (15 September 2008). "Preparing For The Worst". American Way. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "James Chippendale Starts Love Hope Strength Foundation To Connect Marrow Donors With Those In Need -". Retrieved 17 June 2016. 

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