Name: Alex Band
What is your job?
What social causes are most important to you?
I’m a big supporter of Environmental Health and also Human Rights.
What charity do you support – and how?
I support Donate Life America. Every year I hold a concert called “Alex Band Donate Life Rocks” and all proceeds go to Donate Life. A lot of my fans have picked up on the charity and do things themselves to help out and raise money as well. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of my bracelet line (www.blackstarbracelets.com) and Live DVD sales go to Donate Life, and that’s just the beginning. I plan to do much more for them while I start working the release of my first solo album in the next coming months.
Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie?
I have a passion for Donate Life because once I was introduced to it through a personal experience, I realized what a huge need our country has for organ donations. For whatever reason, there doesn’t seem to be a huge knowledge about organ donation like there is for other causes such as breast cancer and AIDS. Even with how many people are registered donors right now, tens of thousands die each year in need of organs. There is so much more we can do and so many people who haven’t been reached. I wanted to make a difference and having now seen first hand that I really am; I won’t stop until the job is done.
Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?
It takes a few minutes of your time to register to be a donor, whether at your local DMV or on Donate Life’s website. You can end up saving so many people’s lives if something were to ever happen to you. It costs nothing, but truly is priceless for the recipients. Sign up, spread the word, donate life.
Have you done a song about this topic, or dedicated a song to a charity?
There is a song on my upcoming solo album releasing this summer called “Love” that I wrote about the personal experience I had which brought me to Donate Life. It hasn’t been officially dedicated to Donate Life, but that is something I plan on doing in the near future once the album is released. You can hear a sample of it at www.blackstarbracelet.com
Do you have any tattoos that relate to your social/charitable beliefs/work?
Yes! I actually recently had Donate Life tattooed across my forearm in a beautifully hand designed font. I love this tattoo and wear it proudly. Being a walking advertisement for them brings new people to sign up every day.