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Review for DrumsForCures :: drumSTRONG, Charlotte, NC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Ever since I met my college roommate Mason Swimmer four years ago I have been learning about the power of the human spirit. Mason and his father Scott started DRUMstrong after Mason had recovered from bone cancer in high school. The positive energy and mindset that fueled Mason to crush the cancer in his body is now being focused by the two to raise awareness and funds for local and national cancer initiatives. Being naturally inclined to music led to the idea of drums as the universal communicator of this idea. Everyone has a heartbeat, and can relate to rhythm as a form of communication that has been utilized since the beginning of humans.
The DRUMstrong main event in Weddington NC the past 3 years has become a tradition I plan on attending with my own children many years down the road. The people, music and positive energy this event attracts show just how powerful the collective human spirit can be. Each year the 27+ hour long continuous drum circle becomes a gathering place where everyone can participate and drum for loved ones who have been affected by cancer. I feel I become more inspired with each event I attend, as more and more people reinforce the potential for the idea. DRUMstrong acts as a launching pad for fostering other ideas involving the power of rhythm for connecting, healing, and triumph over every aspect of cancer. I feel fortunate to have met Mason and Scott and to be a part of DRUMStrong whenever possible. which happens everyday when I look down at my DRUMstrong bracelet, appreciate a happy healthy life, and think of all those who are not so fortunate.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the looks on peoples faces as they are first introduced to the idea, hearing testimonials and personal experiences of people, and feeling the collective inspiration a group of people can provide.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More prominant leaders in DRUMstrong "satellite" groups around the world

Role:  Volunteer & Attended events, helped at DRUMstrong booths.