Teen Tried To Crowdfund Donations For St. Jude Hospital Using A Tweet That Goes Viral And It All Takes A Turn

  • By Asad Tipu
  • November 28, 2017
  • 3 minutes read

This is a story about broken promises, fame, and redemption.

Danni Messina is a 19-year-old, originally from Seattle and currently attending Washington State University. Over Thanksgiving weekend, she realised that one of her friends spent the holiday at the local St. Jude’s Research Hospital because of his sick grandmother.

Danni Messina

And it dawned on her that there are countless who were doing the same thing.

“It hit me that a lot of kids have the reality of having to be in the hospital with their families, I feel so fortunate that I have everything I need. There are so many other families that need so much more.

“I wanted to give back this holiday season.”

So she pledged to donate 25 cents for every favourite, and 50 cents for every retweet. Except it went crazy viral.

That’s roughly $200K

She initially planned to donate a thousand of her own dollars, and the tweet was targetted at her friends in the sorority and other locals. But when it grew, it quickly got out of budget for her.

“When I got on the plane I was just in shock … people were messaging me, and other people were saying, ‘Oh my god, she’s going to go broke.'”

Twitter: @danni_messina

So she made amends.


Messina created a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to channel some donations that she couldn’t afford.


People that initially praised her, quickly turned bitter.

They called her a clout.


And implied she was an attention seeker.

But she insists she didn’t do it for fame.

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