Social Media Changes Lives

The other day, I received an email from a kid named Robert:

Hey Chris, you may not know me. I just recently started watching your live feed. I’m nineteen years old. I was born with a lung condition called Cystic Fibrosis. I am on the transplant list at University Of North Carolina. I will have to move up there with my dad for about 8-12 months. The insurance company covers the operation but does not cover living expenses and etc. I am currently taking donations and was wondering If you can do anything to help. Here is the link for donations.

I tweeted the link out and… people responded:

chrispirillo: Wanna try an experiment? How long will it take for you (my friends) to help me raise $1000 for http://bit.ly/GYZuk (let&#39s try to help!)

about a day ago

dette4556: I always worry about those types of things.. I would love to help though! But I just wonder if its legit?

about a day ago

filipblank: sell one of your computers or monitors!! πŸ™‚

about a day ago

billgillam: I tossed 10 bucks to the cause.

about a day ago

marsacademy: done my bit

about a day ago

RottNKorpse: hopefully it won&#39t take too long…but it jumped up about 200-300 in around 5 minutes .

about a day ago

GettingWorse: done my little bit, hope that helps πŸ™‚

about a day ago

Humanety: Chris, we&#39d be happy to feature you on Humanety.com to help you raise funds for Robert. Please DM if interested.

about a day ago

sccert: what does append primary and connection specific DNS suffixes do

about a day ago

binarypc: can&#39t get to the link for Robert anymore. Any ideas?

about a day ago

Last night, I did an interview with Alfred.TV and.. check this out:

chrispirillo: Thanks to $700 donation by @adiblasi, we&#39ve given Robert a new set of lungs: http://bit.ly/GYZuk (social media for the WIN).

about 15 hours ago

virustricks: SWEEt I love it when thing like this

about 15 hours ago

fet0fetus: well wasn&#39t that nice of al

about 15 hours ago

Cadco: Way to make it all happen Chris!

about 15 hours ago

Ninesvnsicks: WOW double lung transplant definitely social media ftw.

about 14 hours ago

NateSeites: That&#39s so heart-warming.

about 14 hours ago

ttg2: that&#39s great.

about 14 hours ago

MeghanButler: i love your top ten for tweating.

about 8 hours ago

So, maybe on a weekly (or monthly?) basis, we could do something similar for anybody in our community in need of help…?

chrispirillo: Thinking about picking up a small donation-related cause every week on Twitter. Changing lives is what social media is about.

about 54 minutes ago

benjaminhirsch: Would be a great idea, I second.

about 53 minutes ago

robynmcintyre: I was wondering if someone would do that – sounds like a great idea to me.

about 53 minutes ago

Shih_Wei: That&#39s a great idea! We do “dress down Fridays” for a different charity each week in our office. $3 or more.

about 52 minutes ago

AskJamesHolmes: Great idea – the concept has worked i.e., @joelcomm tweet-a-thon

about 52 minutes ago

canjar: Great idea. Easier to put together than a large event, and can sometimes have just as much of an impact.

about 52 minutes ago

michaelowens: I&#39m not sure that&#39s what social media is about, but that&#39s a good thing for it to be utilized for.

about 52 minutes ago

sciamachy: Good idea – mebbe link to various charities, or maybe various initiatives on justgiving.com?

about 51 minutes ago

dougmcarthur: I work for the children&#39s hospital foundation of manitoba … just throwing that out there.

about 51 minutes ago

timmontech: sounds good. does that mean you&#39d have some kind of cause-related tweet every day. that&#39d make it cooler.

about 51 minutes ago

gsmorrison: Good idea Chris. Use your power of influence for the greater good. Twitter just became useful – well played, sir.

about 48 minutes ago

egoldstein: each week, whoever loses the most money in the market should receive a donation.

about 48 minutes ago

MstrWhizrd: This is true but we&#39re all not made out of money. I think you would get a better response if you did it once a month.

about 47 minutes ago

jandrick: I raised 500 for my charity this week. http://zi.ma/6aca3b

about 46 minutes ago

wiggsfly: cool idea!

about 32 minutes ago

scottydc1: Chris, here&#39s a lovely young (1st birthday in April) lady named Seniya, who&#39se family is in need. http://tinyurl.com/seniya

about 30 minutes ago

ttg2: sounds good.

about 30 minutes ago

scottydc1: And I did pledge toward the double lung transplant when you asked. Please consider Seniya and her fam. ScottyDC1

about 13 minutes ago

6 thoughts on “Social Media Changes Lives”

  1. I think every week or atleast every month you should find a place to raise money for charities like these and for sick children to give them toys for the holidays and a charity like the salvation army to give the homeless people clothing.I think of you as a good person in the fact that you use your “Dog food” bit of fame to give to the needy.

  2. Chris, I think this is a good Idea and i used it to raise funds for my charity my worry is that we will burn people out with donation fatigue. What are your thoughts on burning people out?

    Jeremiah

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