Life is indeed a fragile gift. Over this weekend a friend of online friends that I made through MLPF learned that his baby girl (22 months) has Leukemia.

Dad’s Blog with a link to the beginning of the story (24 May 2008):


Jesse Stay broadcast the news out to his Twitter and FriendFeed network and started to bring people together on his blog:

Jesse took the initiative to start a ChipIn! Widget to get the family some spending money over the weekend as banks in the US were closed for the holidays. The goal he set in the tool was $500… that was reched in 2 days…

Jesse has used the true spirit of networking to not only spread the message using text and pictures, but provide an outlet for support and well wishes in a way that the family can receive that support as they need it… not only monetarily, but through comments and tweets:

From Jesse’s Blog:

In the meantime, I’ve set up a FriendFeed Room here that even if you’re not on FriendFeed, you should be able to subscribe to via rss and get updates on the situation. I’m trying to share everything I see from Phil there, including his Twitter posts, blog posts, Adria (his wife)’s blog posts, and his Flickr photo uploads. If you are a member of FriendFeed feel free to leave your comments there or on his or his wife’s blogs, where they seem to be documenting the process.


I truly believe that friends are angels who lift up your wings when you forget how to fly. I can’t imagine sitting in a hospital, trying to keep my composure while my baby was in surgery to have a catheter implanted so that the next 2 years of chemo treatments would be needle free. But I know that the online community sent encouragement and love that the family received through mobile devices that helped them get through each new darkest hour when off line family and friends couldn’t be there.

There is new site pulling all of the information together as the funds are being established for tax deductible donations and generous offers:


All of the resources for creating and hosting the site came together through networking.

I hope that no one else ever would have to go though this… but that all of us have so many angels on our side if the bell tolls for thee!