So I’m going to Wakarusa this year, for the 5th consecutive year. But this year is going to be different in many ways: I don’t have a photo pass, so no going into the photo pit. And this year, I’m volunteering… so not all time will be mine to wander around the musical mountain. I’m volunteering with one of the festival’s 12 non-profit partners, the Love Hope Strength Foundation.
Two years ago at Wakarusa, I registered to be on the bone marrow donor list. Around that time, I had been learning about how minorities were so underrepresented on the registry. So when someone of an ethnic minority needs a transplant, his or her chances of finding a match are ridiculously low. So I decided to register. To make it short, last month I was contacted about being a match to a 20-year-old male with Severe Aplastic Anemia. I went through the additional testing and was confirmed as a match. I’m just waiting on the date to go donate. So that’s why this year I decided to volunteer to get some more Wakarusos on the registry.
I went over the lineup and schedule this week, so I know what sets I’m going to catch. I hope to send daily updates here, but if I don’t have a good connection, then it will just be on twitter and instagram.
I’m going to leave you with this completely unrelated (apart from the Summer theme) video from The Head and The Heart.
Here’s to all the storms skipping Wakarusa! (Seriously)