Helene Campbell, a determined young woman who is awaiting a lung transplant, asked Justin Bieber to help her spread the word on organ donation.
In October, with her lung function at 24%, she found out that she would need a transplant and was recently placed on the organ donation list. Along with her mother, she moved into an apartment near Toronto General hospital and is awaiting the call. It could be weeks, months or even years away.
Justin responded to Helene's request with this tweet ...
help spread the word for @alungstory http://www.alungstory.ca/ #BeAnOrganDonor.
It took less than 36 hours for the pop star to raise awareness for the cause. Since his tweet, online registration is up over 600%.
This is a beautiful example of courage, optimism and wisdom. Because Justin has a huge following, he is able to reach out and influence his friends, they influence their parents and it’s this kind of domino effect that can reap positive results.
And this isn't the end. It's just the beginning. Although Helene's need for an organ donation is immediate, the result of donors signing up today will help beneficiaries 10, 20, 30 years down the road and beyond.
Helene, you're an inspiration to us all. You're a beautiful woman inside and out and you're going to change the world with your optimism and your infectious smile.
Keep doing what you're doing.