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New Kid on the Block Finds New Kidney for Fan

4/26/2011 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

It's official ... Twitter saves lives -- in fact, Donnie Wahlberg from New Kids on the Block was able to help find a NEW KIDNEY for an extremely sick fan ... using nothing but the social networking site.

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It all started with a tweet from the fan's best friend who was trying to raise awareness about the girl's dire situation -- one of her kidneys was failing ... fast.

Donnie retweeted the link to his 183,000 followers, asking for help ... prompting a barrage of phone calls to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where the girl -- named Bobbette Miller -- was being treated.

According to the Boston Herald, the calls yielded SIX matches -- and Bobbette is now scheduled for a transplant in June.

Ah, the power of 140 characters or less.



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aldee    

Finally a story worth reading. Thanking you Donnie for taking the time to do something as nice as this.

1243 days ago
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vicky    

Kudos and good luck to her.

1243 days ago
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Wanda    

That's so nice! Good luck Bobbette!

1243 days ago
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noneofyourbusiness    

What a great story! Good luck to you young lady.

1243 days ago
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WillOTheWisp    


I can't believe Phoebe Snow, who sang 'Poetry Man' but left spotlight to care for daughter, dies at 60 and TMZ is the last to pick up on it!!!
I love you Phoebe, you got me through the 70's, Girl!!!

1243 days ago
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messenger69    

God Bless NKotB! This solidifies their GREATNESS!!

1243 days ago
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julie    

Good job Donnie.What a great gift,using your celebrity for good.I hope it all works out.My daughter has heart problems and has had numerous surgery and it is hard to deal with .So kudos to Donnie and the people that called to help this young girl.

1243 days ago
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sfd    

WOW TMZ!!! Guy does something great like this and you have to throw NKOTB at him. Not the fine work he's done in last 10 years. Class.

1243 days ago
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electriczipper    

WillOTheWisp 17 minutes ago

I can't believe Phoebe Snow, who sang 'Poetry Man' but left spotlight to care for daughter, dies at 60 and TMZ is the last to pick up on it!!!
I love you Phoebe, you got me through the 70's, Girl!!!
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this isnt a post about some loser chick from the 70's lady..its about saving a life with a KIDNEY..something important..

1243 days ago
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Bruno    

Never been a fan of Twitter or New Kids. But this story is pretty cool. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

1243 days ago
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Gatanegra    

Sending good vibes out to this young lady and hoping her operation is a huge success. Nice work Mr. Wahlberg!

1243 days ago
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Marty    

Phoebe was not a loser! She was one great Lady.

This is the first good story that TMZ has had on here for days and you load the crap up on poor ol Phoebe?

Bless the person who is donating the Kidney!

1243 days ago
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Il Duce    

Finally a feel-good story on TMZ!!!!

1243 days ago
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JJ    

That's the power of NKOTB fans - loyal to the band, loyal to each other!

1243 days ago
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ANNETTE MILLER    

Donnie has really blessed our family!!! Bobbette is my sister. None of us in the family were able to donate due to other reasons. NKOTB was our fav as kids so it leaves us amazed that someone that she loved so much as child would have such an impact on her adult life. If you want to know more about Bobbette's story, please check out Abbie's (her bff) blog Love Can Do Anything. love-can-do-anything.blogspot.com/
Annette Miller

1243 days ago
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