Caring for Carmen- locals unite for a cause: my response

A fellow classmate posted a blog that truly warmed my heart, discussing the incredible turn of events and support that came from the non-profit campaign Caring for Carmen. The organization began the campaign to raise support for an 8 year old girl who was diagnosed with Extraosseous Ewing’s Sarcoma, an extremely rare form of cancer. As she battles and fights for her life, her family, friends, and community are by her side raising support for the cause.

It was exactly one year and nine days ago today that the Facebook page for this campaign was created. Today they now have well over four thousand likes. It is amazing how a community will come together in a time of need and uncertainty to not only support one another but to involve themselves and help to continue to spread the word of this organization. Caring for Carmen also has a website you can follow where you can go to support, donate, and get updated on current events that they will be having.  To me, this is what Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites should be about; a positive form of social media where people can share, socialize and connect in order to make the world a better place. I cannot stand when I come across my news feed and read negative posts where people are complaining about their lives.  Caring for Carmen’s page is touching to read; the comments and encouragement from strangers supporting Carmen and sharing her story through Facebook is, from a PR standpoint, probably one of the most successful ways to spread the word.

The quote that is posted on the Caring for Carmen website, really and truly defines how I feel after reading Carmen’s story and the hardship her family has been through.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

-Leo Buscaglia

If you are reading this it’s not too late. Share Carmen’s story on your Facebook, Twitter,  and Blogs, because every like and every post you make will be seen by others. Any kind of support will make a difference for this little girl.

 You can read more about this story on Rachel’s blog!

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