I first heard about "Love Hope Strength" from it's founder and main man Mike Peters from the Alarm. Mike and his wife Jules are both cancer survivors and have given enormous amounts of their time and energy to this cause. They were joined on that journey by Cy Curnin of The Fixx.
You can hear Cy talk about this during More Music in the Morning on the morning of the bands performance at Wein's Family Cellars- July 28th.
Here's an explanation from the LHS organization of their early days:
Starting out, our mission was to save lives, right now, with advances that had already been made in cancer care. We did not fund cancer research, rather we used our funds to purchase medical equipment and supplies, raise awareness through special events, documentaries and media, and help build cancer centers.
James Chippendale and Mike Peters celebrate with the rest of the Everest Rocks team!
In 2007 we hosted the world’s highest concert on land at 18,536 feet on Mt. Everest, witnessed by over 3 million people on the internet and by many more via the MTV commissioned documentary ‘Everest Rocks’. Events throughout the world included numerous UK fundraising treks including the summit of Mount Snowdon, to the roof of Africa atop Mount Kilimanjaro, and to the land of the rising sun for a dawn concert atop Mount Fuji, Japan. Funds raised have enabled us to accomplish important things like installing the first ever mammography machine at Bhaktapur Cancer Center in Kathmandu, build a Children’s Cancer Unit in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, as well as funding cancer projects within the UK.
LHS has taken many prominent musicians and celebrities to some of the highest places on earth taking the message of love, hope and strength to those who do not have access to the same medical treatments, care and facilities experienced by many of us here in the west. And we look forward to more opportunities to continue this important international work.
Cy Curnin has given much of his time and energy and here is a video that addresses some of that: