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Do It For The Love Turns 5

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Lance Bass Wishes DIFTL A Happy 5th BirthdayAugust is the height of summer, a time filled with laughter, friends and family, and music. It’s also a very special month — it’s Do It For The Love’s birthday month.This birthday for Do It For The Love is special. It’s our fifth birthday — only a handful of years in which we’ve made over 1600 musical wishes come true.When I look back to the video of Steve and Hope Dezember that inspired Sara and Michael to create our organization, I am moved to

Volunteers Who Inspire

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Once again, we are left speechless over the remarkable strength and determination of our DIFTL family. Volunteer Julie Vernon was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. An unstoppable force, Julie who recently underwent surgery to remove the tumor, wasted no time in turning a difficult health challenge into a cause for hope and healing.The night before she was scheduled for surgery, Julie mobilized her community to come together for her Garden Party Fundraiser; not in honor of herself, but to

Local, homegrown fundraisers make a lasting impact

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Volunteers are an essential part of accomplishing Do It For The Love’s mission to provide the healing power of music to those who need it most. DIFTL volunteers organize local fundraisers and events, provide outreach to local hospitals and healthcare facilities and organizations to increase wish grant activity in their community, and support other DIFTL activities as needed.Robin Handewerger recently hosted a DIFTL fundraiser at So i Heard Music, a musical school her daughter attends. So i Heard

Meet our Volunteer, Anne!

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Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.A: I worked for 27 years for an international organization and retired early in order to spend more time at what I love: learning about and teaching yoga. I am passionate about teaching the philosophy of this ancient practice in alignment with the poses. Currently, I teach at George Washington University; Yoga District, Simon Says Yoga, and have multiple private clients. I have 3 amazing daughters, 2 granddaughters and 2 cats, and I live in Takoma Park,

The DIFTL Wish Grant Community

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At Do It For The Love, we think of our wish grant recipients as family. That’s a lofty term I know, but it underscores the connection and hope we have for those we serve. Learning about each person and their situation, hearing about the struggles they face on a daily basis inspires us to do as much as we can. Creating a moment of connection and joy for each person is more than our focus; it’s our driving passion.When I think of some of the difficulties people experience — breast cancer that has

Meet our Volunteer, Colleen!

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Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.A: I am mom to 11yr old Samantha and a Partner in Possibilities at Stellar Journeys, a meeting and incentive planning company. Ron and I have been married 13 years and have been enjoying our journey with Sam, Josi & Nala. As a family, we are passionate about travel, spending time outdoors, live music and the arts. You will often find us either at an outdoor festival, on a local patio or at a music venue listening to live music, cheering Sam on at her

Meet our Volunteer, Amanda!

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Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.A: I live in Decatur, Illinois, and I work for the county’s Regional Office of Education. I work as an assistant with the Technical Academy. Our mission is to bring vocational training back to area high school students by providing skills in trade programs such as Nursing, Welding, Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, and more. My husband, Drew Burger, is a tattoo artist and owner/operator of his own tattoo & art studio. We have two children together – our

DIFTL Goes to Pollstar

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Recently Alexis, our Program Manager, and I attended the Pollstar Conference in Los Angeles. Pollstar is the resource for in-depth information about the music industry. From publishing the hottest concert tours before tickets are available to listing highest grossing concerts, Pollstar is the source for tracking trends and activities for the music industry.This was Do It For The Love’s second year attending the conference. Our goal was to increase awareness of who we are, and our mission. We’ve

Meet our Volunteer, Natalie!

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Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.A: My name is Natalie, I am a stay at home mom to four amazing blessings. We homeschool our children also! Our oldest daughter is 12 and critically ill/special needs. She truly is our beautiful miracle. Our six year old daughter was born on the Fourth of July and is our little firecracker. Our four year old daughter is such a healing soul, and our one year old son is our relaxed little man that completed our family. My husband and I met in high school, and