Richmond, VA—Friends and family of a local man in desperate need of a double lung transplant have turned to social media to save his life. Their efforts have gone viral, but they are still asking for help.
Tucker Gordon has battled cystic fibrosis his entire life. He now needs a lung transplant. His sister, Riley Gordon, is amazed at his strength.
"He's my big brother, but he calls me his rock so I try to be strong enough for him. I know that if he goes through what he does, I can do simple things," says Riley.
Tucker is slated to receive the double lung transplant at Duke University, but first, doctors want to make sure his family has the finances to go through with the complex procedure.
Family friends Mary-Anne Hill and Lindsay England started a fundraising website to help with the cost. For Hill, Tucker's battle hits close to home: she lost her sister to cystic fibrosis.
Now, Hill and Engled are focused on saving Tucker's life. Within just a few days, his story has gone viral on Facebook and Twitter.
"I was like ‘Tucker, do you realize you're a rock star? You're pretty much famous right now,'" says Hill. "He had a big smile on his face and he is so thankful and grateful."
The sheer power of social media has been displayed through the effort to help Tucker. This fundraising website has only been live for five days, and within that time, it has helped raise over $30,000!
The goal of the campaign is $50,000, but with all the online attention it has received, that goal could be surpassed.
"A whole group of Marines in Iraq tweeted a picture. We had someone in Barcelona, Spain tweet a picture. Ireland. It's just at the point where I don't know 90 percent of people donating or tweeting or anything," says Hill.
Tucker's supporters remain hopeful that their efforts will help save his life.
"I know that Tucker feels beyond blessed. He told me this morning that he is a fighter. And this is making him feel amazing and can't wait to breathe like everyone else."
To follow Tucker's story on Twitter, search for #HelpTuckerBreathe. Like the "Help Tucker Breathe" page on Facebook here.
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