Courtesy New York Presbyterian Hospital
Chicago Sun-Times newspaper published this deansguide article November 26, 2008
The evidence that we are living in one of the most amazing times in human history for communication and connectivity was again validated today. Marielle, the young girl from the Philadelphia area, who was facing certain death without an immediate kidney transplant has found a perfect donor.
Our Global Conversation
There is a global conversation being supported by bloggers, social media sites, and the many free community tools that make up our new Web 2.0 social media construct. In this case, within a 24 hour period, Marielle’s story was supported and viral spread on a world wide basis.
Events Unfolding: The Power of Citizen Journalism and Social Media
Here is a description of the events by Marielle’s mom
“It ends up friends and friends of friends posted about my search for a kidney donor to Marielle on Twitter, Facebook, web sites, and blogs–it made the news (special thanks to Courtney on Fox News!). . . and now we have more possible donors than we could have ever wished for! Thank you to EVERYONE who sent in donor forms, called, blogged, twittered, and helped spread the word. . . But WE DO NOT NEED ANY ADDITIONAL DONORS AT THIS TIME.”
“I am amazed by the power of the web and the hearts of those who helped make a difference.” —thedomesticdiva Marielle’s Mom