Photo Doggies for Anthony is the newest viral philanthropy on the internet.
Anthony is a 16-year-old undergoing chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. A family friend started a Facebook event as a place for friends and family to post photos of dogs to cheer up Anthony.
The friend shared this post with the hope that others would join in helping lift Anthony's spirits:
"Hi all, my friend Kristen Lyons has her son Anthony at Phoenix Children's hospital. Some days he gets doggy visits and some he does not. They make him smile. I thought if I create this event, you can post a picture of your dog to help make him smile. His mom shows them to him and he smiles."
868,000 people are "attending" the event (at the time this article was published), with hundreds of thousands posting photos and videos of their own playful pups.
Event host, Roberta, posted an update yesterday:
"UPDATE: Jan 4...From Roberta... God Bless you and God Bless the world wide web...we are over 1/2 million photos...Anthony is smiling joyfully because of YOU..This has gotten so viral that it is making local and soon National News....One thing I have to say is, make yourself smile too by looking at these beautiful animals that God gave us. I can't stop crying from tears of happiness...Roberta"
It just goes to show that when a lot of people make a small gesture, a big difference can be made!
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