BACKPACKER And Big Head Todd & the Monsters Rock OR

Big Head Todd & The Monsters play a sold-out concert to raise money for cancer-fighting Love Hope Strength Foundation in Salt Lake City

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Big Head Todd and the Monsters chill with BACKPACKER editors.

At Outdoor Retailer, media, athletes, and gear manufacturers work hard—but they play harder, especially when it’s for a good cause. This year, BACKPACKER joined forces with Marmot, Keen, and Suunto to bring rockers Big Head Todd and the Monsters to Salt Lake City for a charity concert benefiting the Love Hope Strength Foundation, an organization dedicated to fighting cancer through music.

The band played a sold-out show to over 1,100 fans at $25 a pop—not too shabby. Once lucky concertgoer also won a BACKPACKER-themed Epiphone guitar (four others won Suunto, Marmot, Keen, and Love Hope Strength guitars, but c’mon—ours has a freakin’ bear on it). BHT & TM singer/guitarist Todd Park Mohr handed out the guitar himself.

But the battle continues, and you can help: Love Hope Strength wants to fight cancer by registering as many people as possible for the national bone marrow donor database. It sounds painful, but it just takes a swab of saliva. If you’re matched with someone, you could end up saving their life with a simple outpatient procedure. (Find out more here).

Back in 2009, BACKPACKER joined Love Hope Strength and several rock stars for a climb up Kilimanjaro—look out for the story in an upcoming issue. In the meantime, consider donating money or volunteering your time. Here’s a bit more about the LHS Foundation:

—Ted Alvarez