Can one person make a difference? Helene Campbell, a 20 year old woman from Toronto, Canada, is currently waiting for a lung transplant. Last week, she sent a message to Justin Bieber on Twitter. The message was simply, “Hey @justinbieber! I BELIEB you should use that Canadian voice of yours and help save lives like mine,” with hashtags #beanorgandonor and #giveblood.
Helene didn’t know if her simple tweet would make a difference or event be answered, but she thought it was worth trying. On Saturday, Bieber re-tweeted the message, reaching 16.6 million followers, writing, “@alungstory i got the word … you have amazing strength. i got u.” Bieber added the hashtag #BeAnOrganDonor.
Since then, The Trillium Gift of Life Network in Ontario has received over 1,000 new online registrations. As per their facebook page, “The great run continues – since Thursday there have been over 1,000 new online registrations. If you didn’t believe in the power of Twitter before…”
I have watched these headlines with interest. Helene made the news with her message before Beiber had even responded back. That simple effort on her part made a difference in registration rates. Then to have Beiber respond dramatically increased the number of people registering online. This just goes to show that one person really can make a difference.
If you are not already registered as an organ, eye and tissue donor, choose to make a difference. Log on to www.yesutah.org and register today.
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