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26 Acts of Kindness

22 Dec

I don’t know anyone who wasn’t devastated by the tragedy in Newtown, CT last week. After my initial shock I wanted to find out how I could help. Then I read about NBC Ann Curry’s acts of kindness. She had an idea which she put out into the twitter universe about doing an act of kindness for every child who was killed in Newtown. The idea went viral and now is known as #26Acts.  Do an act of kindness for every child and teacher who lost their lives in this horrific tragedy.   This is one band wagon I can’t wait to jump on. So as of yesterday I have committed to doing 26 things to honor each precious life lost. I will keep you updated on my progress.

Will you join me?

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Inspirations and Pinterest

10 Jun

Recently I have been on Pinterest a lot! If you don’t know what Pinterest is check out my friend Julia’s blog All Things Social here http://juliacantor.com/2011/09/10/pinterest/

As Pinterest states on their site: “Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.”

Just like Facebook and Twitter you can follow other people and groups. One of my favorites to follow is the nonprofit “I had cancer”. They have an “Inspiration & Quotes to Share” board. Here are some of my favorites.

Create your own boards at Pinterest.com.

I Have Bieber Fever

17 Feb

Social Media can be very dangerous.  I have heard more than one story about Facebook being used by kids to bully each other. I am constantly reading warnings on Craigslist reminding me to be careful of whom I meet and interact with. However, social media is not always a bad thing. Facebook is great as it helps me to remember friend’s birthdays. I love using Twitter as a way to stay up to date on the latest in healthcare and all things Kardashian. Recently a friend told me about a story where social media actually made a dream come true.

Avalanna Routh is a 6 year old from Methuen, Massachusetts who was diagnosed at 8 months old with a rare form of brain cancer, Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumor, or AT/RT. Often after a grueling day of treatment at Boston’s Dana-Farber Jimmy Fund Clinic, Avalanna will go to a local spa for some much needed rest and relaxation. It is here that she spoke about her dream to meet international pop super star Justin Bieber. When employees of the spa found out how badly she wanted to meet Bieber, they started a media campaign to make her wish a reality. They tweeted, facebooked and contacted every newspaper, radio and television station to get the attention of someone from Bieber’s camp. As it happens, a staff member from the local Fox network reached out to a friend that had connections to Justin Bieber’s manager

After hearing Avalanna’s story, Bieber flew Avalanna and her family to NYC so they could meet. They spent 2 hours playing Candyland, laughing and taking pictures. What is more, friends and family hope this brings attention and funding to AT/RT. Since this disease affects such a small population drug companies have little incentive to spend money developing much needed treatment that could one day lead to a cure.

(Photo Tweeted by Justin)

I have to admit I was not a huge fan of Justin Bieber but now I have Bieber Fever.

After their time together, Bieber tweeted that meeting Avalanna was “one of the best things I have ever done” and referred to her as “Mrs. Bieber”.  He even included a picture of them goofing around in his tweet.  Beyond the obvious, what has really impressed me about this story is that Bieber could have easily phoned Avalanna or sent her an autograph.  Some celebrities might have ignored the request all together but instead Bieber flew from LA to NYC for a two hour play date with her.

 The power of social media is really amazing as this whole thing happened within 5 days. It certainly makes it harder to say “that’s impossible” as it really seems that with a little help from Twitter, Facebook and friends, dreams really do come true. Congratulations Mrs. Bieber.

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