Throughout my life, I have been very passionate about volunteering with children fighting cancer. I met Emma when volunteering at Children’s Hospital. She was being treated for Fanconi Anemia, a fatal bone marrow illness. She was bald, wore a brightly colored mask, had an NG tube coming out of her nose and dragged around an IV pole that was twice her size. Even while tangled with wires and beeping machines, nothing stopped her as she grabbed my hand and asked me to stack blocks together. Through all of her treatments, she remained unscathed.
Facebook has been a very important tool for me to organize and mobilize people in order to make things happen for the greater good. After starting a Facebook page for her that now has 70,000 followers, I decided that I can use this account in order to try to make Emma’s wish come true. Facebook is a very important tool for to organize and mobilize people in order to make things happen for the greater good. Our campaign, #GetEmmaToMeetTaylorSwift, was born on her Facebook page, Prayers for Emma. Facebook Link
After we posted, the news to get Emma to meet Taylor Swift took the media by storm. Hundreds of people were retweeting #GetEmmatoMeetTaylorSwift and it even became trending on twitter. After thousands of people messaged the pop star on Twitter, her publicist finally responded and asked Emma to fly to Charlotte, NC to attend the show.
At the show, Emma got to meet her idol, Taylor Swift. After spending around 20 minutes together, Emma mentioned that she would love to dance onstage with Taylor. Originally she said no, but later on in the show we were surprised when she picked Emma up out of the audience for the song “Sparks Fly”
Through the use of social media and twitter, this was able to be accomplished. Twitter has become a key source in motivating people in order to crowd raise and start grassroots movements. It works by building a community of leaders to propel ideas forward and make a change. Social media magnifies a message, making more people be able to see and act on things they feel drawn to. This in turn makes sure that the message is heard by people who are able to actually make something happen. If enough people share a message, anything can be accomplished.