TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

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.

0426_knotb

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.



0426_nkotb_footer

61 COMMENTS

No Avatar
46.

alicia    

That's so great! I just received a new set of lungs a year ago. I am so happy for this girl and very proud of Donnie for a very simple post that he made.

1213 days ago
47.

SugarBear    

I always knew there was a reason that Donnie was my favorite New Kid, used to have a mad crush on him back in the day.

1213 days ago
48.

Laura    

This is such a great story!!! It is wonderful to see someone use their celebrity for something so amazing!! I have been a NKOTB fan for over 20 years and this is just one of the many reasons why!!

1213 days ago
49.

San    

Godbless her! only thing that makes me laugh a bit is "bobbette" means underwear in french, takes a bit away from the dramatic story, for me at least lol

1213 days ago
50.

c    

Great story. Glad to see a celeb using their influence to help others.

1213 days ago
51.

Northerner    

nice going donnie! way to step up and take action. two minutes to save someones life! wouldnt it be nice if all problems were worked out so easily? i hope more celebs follow your lead.

1213 days ago
52.

crazywillem22559    

i love them man, bless them

1213 days ago
53.

Cassandra    

That is AwEsOmE!! Way to go Donnie!! I knew that there were still a few GOOD people out there!! Thank GOD that they were brought together!!

1212 days ago
54.

Kearst    

As if I didn't love him enough already!! Soldiers get it done!

1212 days ago
55.

eileen    

Good luck I only have one kidney and hope that someday if i needed one that i would be able to find one. I think that was awesome Feel better

1212 days ago
56.

yıldız ozcolak    

Contacting you


Sitting under the moonlight watching the stars again

Watching the stars, you have posted this I think you'll ever know

it does not fit inside an inside job.

Why did you say?

I reach for it,

I have found the path to coming near bi.

At the same look at the stars

And I'm still with you passion

They'll tell you that the longing for

I beg the same stars.

When I was young when he died people

Spirits is a star in the sky, believed maslına.

I think

I rejoice at that moment more.

If fairy tales real

No one understands this better my condition from the stars

Hasretimi does not know them well

See and avoid touching any moment
Filled the interior of love

Default Language
Call out to them again, I think you'll ever know who

And without you the days I spent in pain.

Hear me, O stars

My favorite is my everything,

not see the eyes, touch the hands of

He is my one-star ... jordan knight:) my star

1212 days ago
57.

Alyssa    

wow.. this is incredible .. I love seeing people using their celebrity status for an amazing cause like this .. it hits VERY close to home..

1211 days ago
58.

Alyssa    

wow.. this is incredible .. I love seeing people using their celebrity status for an amazing cause like this .. it hits VERY close to home..

1211 days ago
59.

Donnia    

God Bless you, Donnie!!! God Bless Bobbette's donor <3
Being a kidney transplant recipient myself, this story brought a special feeling in my heart... the feeling I get when I hear that another one of us have received (or will soon be getting) the gift of life.
If more celebrities would get involved and encourage organ donation, America wouldn't have so many people dying while waiting for organs!
Prayers for Bobbette ad her family.

1211 days ago
60.

andre`    

New Kids on the Block are hot. Damn the entire group look good including Backstreet Boys. Yes they all can get it.

1211 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web