Healing At Bottle Rock 2015

September 8, 2015

Granting live music wishes is our mission, and it doesn’t get much better than when we can grant a variety of wishes in one place. Earlier this summer, we worked with Bottle Rock Napa Valley / Latitude 38 Entertainment, and granted three memorable wishes for individuals living with varying health challenges.

 

Kari has been living bravely with melanoma for twelve years and the past year has been especially challenging for both her and her family. She was nominated to attend Bottle Rock, in her very own backyard and we were happy to make it an extra special experience complete with a private mini concert with Michael Franti himself. Feast it Forward caught the whole thing on video.

“The weekend was an immense gift to our whole family. Despite our tenuous situation, we left feeling grateful and very blessed,” Kari said. “Grateful to be there, together and blessed that we have each other and the support of an amazing community. And as we started to wander out, wishing it was not over, we bumped in to many friends and each time, no words exchanged, the tears started again.  And, it wasn’t over, my daughter Emilia and I had the amazing opportunity to sit with Michael again the next day for a private run of “Once a Day” and, once more….joy and….tears.”

 

Alison is a 16-year old waiting for a heart transplant. She traveled with her family from Central California to the festival, where they enjoyed seeing Alison’s favorite band Cage the Elephant. Though they couldn’t make the in-person meeting with Michael, they made him a hand-crafted dream catcher.

“I really want you to know we are beyond thankful for making this happen,” Alison’s mother wrote. “The weeks leading up to the festival anticipating the experience and putting festival wear together, the festival itself with amazing music, food, and lots of friendly people, and for a lifetime of memories to overcome the struggles she faces daily that this weekend was more than she could have ever imagined!!  One day when her heart is stronger she will visit BottleRock again and remember the amazing experience you gave her.”

 

James was diagnosed with Leukemia seven years ago. He was nominated by his wife who saw a flyer for DIFTL at UCSF during one of James’ treatments.

“We spent all of the holidays as a newly married couple in the hospital,” she said. “It was a big sacrifice but he had to do it in hope of riding his body of his cancer. Music was something that kept him going while being in the hospital. He has always dreamed of going to a music festival but we have never been able to afford it.”

Thanks to Bottle Rock, we were able to invite James and his wife to the festival.

“We had such a great time,” James said. “We really needed to take our minds off of the day to day drama of chemo and this was the best way to do it. We are very thankful for your group. Please keep doing it for the love.”