A Story About Real World Cooperation

Today, I'm sharing a story about how people - relative strangers - can work together across miles, belief systems, and yes, even politics to make a difference.

My fellow freelancer Lori Hall Steele has been diagnosed with Lyme's disease and ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Lori is a single mother of a 7 year old son. Due to insurance costs, the bank has threatened foreclosure on her home while she is bedridden and unable to work.

Enter cooperation. Participants of two writing organizations to which Lori belongs - Freelance Success and the American Society of Journalists and Authors - put out a challenge to their members: Send $25 to help Lori. But that was too easy. Members of these organizations started twittering and adding How to Help Lori updates to their Facebook pages. Interest grew, and the checks started pouring in. Musician Ben Lee added his voice to the cause, silent auctions and raffles were organized, and Lori is now able to focus on her health, rather than the impending doom of losing her home. This, in less than two weeks!

On Wednesday, there will be a combined effort to change Facebook and LinkedIn pages to reflect the Save Lori's House effort. I invite you to join us. If you use Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn, chat it up. If you blog, feel free to share this post. And, if your bank account can handle it, I encourage you to donate $25 to help Lori today.

Together, we CAN make a difference.

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