Sara Agah Franti is the co-founder of DO IT FOR THE LOVE with her husband, world-known musician and singer-songwriter, Michael Franti. Sara’s entrepreneurial spirit and her love to help people as an ER nurse, made the successful launch of Do It For The Love in 2013 a natural transition for her.
Do It For The Love is a non-profit wish-granting organization, that brings people living with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges and wounded veterans to live concerts. We send the recipient and up to 3 caregivers, family members or friends to a live concert together.
“Through Do It For The Love we want to provide the opportunity for healing to take place, families to bond, care providers to get a welcomed break and for lifelong memories to be made – all through the experience of live music.”
See the video that has moved and rocked thousands!
How did the DO IT FOR THE LOVE movement evolve?
Michael and I wanted to make a difference in the world together. As individuals we worked hard to make people feel significant no matter who they were or what journey they were on. And so as life partners we knew it would be something we also did together.
In 2013, Michael was contacted by a couple named Hope and Steve. Steve was living with advanced stage ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease). [Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.] They had been tweeting at Michael asking if they could meet him before a shower in Florida. Our incredible team helped arrange this meet and greet. At this time Steve was in a wheelchair and only able to speak is quiet whispers.
During the show, Hope and Steve were invited to watch from the side of the stage. Mid-way through the concert Michael invited them out onto the stage and began to play his song ‘Life is Better with You’. In this very sweet moment, Steve whispered to Hope that he wanted to get up out of his chair and dance. It was this emotional moment for Hope and Steve, all 20,000 people in the audience and for Michael and myself. We saw a memory being made between the two of them that would last them forever during this really challenging time.
The Do It For The Love movement is universal. Music gives people words to express themselves when they can’t find the right ones to speak. It breaks down borders and boundaries and that’s why I believe we were able to grow so quickly. In just 3.5 years we have granted over 800 wishes.
What do you hope to accomplish in your fourth year of Do It For The Love?
We turn 4 in August and have set a campaign goal of hitting 1000 wishes and raising $1,000,000 in donations by the end of the year. It is important that we are able to get music to anyone who needs it. It’s a powerful tool to inspire healing, whether that’s physical, emotional or spiritual.
Do It For The Love was created because of an emotion that Michael and I felt inside it. And I believe that if hearing about Do It For The Love inspires a person to go out and do something good for another, we are achieving success. It’s about giving back without expectation.
There are many ways you can get involved in Do It For The Love. You can nominate someone you know or yourself for a live music experience. You can donate or create a community event to fundraise money. You can support our two upcoming events, Vines and Vibes May 2017 and The Rockers Ball Fall 2017. And finally volunteer.
If you are inspired to help raise awareness and funds to support our mission, visit our website to learn more about how you can help.
How did your mother’s cancer journey affect you?
My mother is a cancer survivor. As a nurse I provided care for many cancer patients and I believed I knew what it meant when you say that illness is family centered. But after my mother’s diagnosis, I became the primary caregiver, and it was difficult and emotional. I was then finally able to understand what it meant, and why it was important to recognize caregivers in this journey.
Does Do It For The Love grant wishes anywhere in the world?
Yes. We are a registered 501-C3 but grant wishes all over the world. We have granted wishes in Canada, Australia, and even Holland.