Tim said a trip to the emergency room on Saturday revealed that Michele had six to eight brain tumors. Upon hearing that news, the Web site was immediately flooded with messages of support.
Graddy’s friends even put together a meal program, house cleaning schedule and yard maintenance for her family.
Michele’s sister, Teresa Harman, said she used to be skeptical about Michele’s online friends, but not anymore.
“This is hard to even wrap your mind around. These are real people,” Harman said. “These are true friends.”
I just received word of this story from a friend and those words “online community rallies…” hit me in the most vulnerable part of my heart. Michele Graddy was an incredibly active member of an Indianapolis Mom’s networking site, MomsLikeMe. I hate to say was. She passed away from vicious and fast moving breast cancer leaving behind her husband and four children.
She was diagnosed less than a month ago.
I have never seen cancer first hand.
But I have seen loss first hand in the most achingly and devastating way possible.
But all of these losses have had one thing in common.
An online community rallied.
And while no online comminuty could ever fix what went wrong, we can rally, help, offer words and help to a greiving family.
And we do.
And that’s what makes us so great.
Donations are being taken through any Huntington Bank Branch.
Fundraisers are being organzied.
Strangers are rallying.
And through this strangers are becoming friends.
And friends can make anything better.
Even something like this.