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Musician Andrew McMahon Hosts Introduction between Bone Marrow Donor and Recipient at Dear Jack’s 8th Annual 11/11 Benefit Concert in Denver, CO

The 8th Annual Dear Jack Foundation Benefit featured a variety of musicians, including Andrew’s current project Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, and acoustic sets from soul singer Allen Stone, and artists Bob Oxblood and Zac Clark. This year’s show took place on Nov. 11 at the Ogden Theater in Denver, CO and celebrated the lifesaving power of becoming a bone marrow donor through an arranged first time meeting between a Denver based donor and his matched recipient.

Musician Andrew McMahon founded the Dear Jack Foundation, whose mission is to support adolescents and young adults from their initial cancer diagnosis through survivorship, after surviving his own battle with Leukemia at the age of 22. His survival was dependent upon identifying a bone marrow donor which he found in his sister who proved to be a genetic match. After experiencing firsthand the challenges involved with finding a matched donor, McMahon was inspired to make a direct impact by growing the national donor registry in partnership with DKMS and Love Hope Strength by swabbing cheeks at his concerts. As a result of McMahon’s efforts over 3,000 of his fans have signed up to become donors, resulting in 85 potentially lifesaving matches.

The matched story between donor, Doug Booth and recipient, Chris Wilkinson, is rooted in mutual love of DJF’s founder Andrew McMahon’s music. Both Booth and Wilkinson grew up listening to McMahon’s music and it was during a 2014 concert where Booth signed up to become a donor. After only a year being listed in the national registry, Booth learned he was a genetic match for Wilkinson who was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a precursor to Acute Myeloid Leukemia. In 2016, Booth donated his bone marrow cells to Wilkinson which led to his cancer’s recession.

Dear Jack’s partner Floyd’s 99 documented the meet on stage between Chris and Doug that day:

“Dear Jack’s partnership with LHS and DKMS’ mission has provided me the opportunity to use my music as a platform for awareness and to directly take action towards potentially saving lives by encouraging fans to sign up for the national bone marrow registry,” said Andrew McMahon.

“As a cancer survivor whose life was saved by a transplant, I understand the urgency of this issue on a personal level. If my sister had not been a match, I might not be here today. There are so many patients in need of a transplant that are not as fortunate as I was and it is for them that we forged this partnership. I couldn’t think of a more meaningful moment than to humbly introduce Doug and Chris for the first time on stage at our annual benefit concert in Denver. A true testament to how partnerships and collaboration make a difference and save lives.”

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