May 17: Tweets to Save Lives

Eleven-year-old Bailey Browning of Roanoke County, Virginia, admires the heroes on the action-adventure TV series Chuck, but she herself is a real-life hero for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

The middle schooler first got involved with raising money for the Tennessee hospital six years ago when her kindergarten teacher, Joy Watson, launched a St. Jude Math-a-Thon on behalf of a student with leukemia.  Participants earn donations for every math problem they finish.  The money is then given to St. Jude’s which treats patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Because Chuck is Browning’s favorite TV show, she contacted stars Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin and others through Twitter.  They shared links to her online donation page with their 250,000 Twitter followers, and contributed donations themselves.  Over the past three years, Browning has raised more than $20,000.  Though the youngster has never visited St. Jude’s, she’d like to work there someday doing celebrity relations.

Compassionate hearts and social media can help save lives.

He cured many who were sick. (Mark 1:34)

Help me be a vessel of healing, Lord.

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