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Family's Fight to Save Child Spreads Hope Around Globe
Date:2/11/2010

veiled an ambitious plan to save Carter's life: a social media networking campaign aimed at raising $1 million by February 14th.

The money they raise is planned to help fund a trial study at Cornell University under the direction of Dr. Ronald Crystal, a pioneer in gene replacement therapy. While specific details for the study are still under consideration, the Goranflo’s plan is to be ready once those details are in place.

The aggressive Internet campaign they are calling the “Valentines Day Miracle” seeks to drive at least 100,000 people to the family’s website, www.haileyandcartersdream.com, on or before Valentines Day to give $10. After only only 10 days of campaigning, however, word already has spread across three continents and generated early donations from 22 U.S. states plus Canada, Switzerland, Finland, Australia and the U.K., and has garnered celebrity, political and major media attention.

Carter's uncle, Mike Roberts, who's assisting the family with the campaign, says "People like to help, they don't mind giving. And because it’s so simple and the spirit it's being done in is so positive, the response has been overwhelming."

Roberts points to several facts. Over 1,100 people have already given, many of whom express plans to give again on the target date. The family's Facebook group (Hailey and Carters Dream) topped 5,000 on day 9 of the campaign, an average of over 500 people a day. Over $20,000 of “early bird” donations have come through their site and Fifth Third banks where the Goranflos have a trust. Finally, according to Roberts, "the most unexpected part has been the literal flood of letters, e-mails and Facebook group comments telling us how Neil and Miranda have inspired hope, despite everything they just went through.”

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