A Barrhaven woman has got the world’s biggest pop star to bolster her campaign for organ donation via Twitter.
“It’s awesome that he took the time to do it,” Helene Campbell said Saturday. “That’s really encouraging.”
Campbell, 20, reached out to teen heartthrob Justin Bieber on Thursday.
“Hey @justinbieber! I BELIEB you should use that Canadian voice of yours and help save lives like mine,” she tweeted around 8 a.m., with hashtags #beanorgandonor and #giveblood.
Last summer, Campbell was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis — unexplainable scarring or thickening of the lung tissue — and is currently in Toronto receiving treatment at the General Hospital awaiting a double-lung transplant.
In Ontario, that can take six months to two years, she said.
Campbell didn’t have to wait long to hear back from Bieber, who responded not once, but four times.
“He replied at 3 a.m. (Saturday),” said Campbell.
First, he re-tweeted the message, reaching 16.6 million followers, writing, “@alungstory i got the word … you have amazing strength. i got u.”
Bieber added the hashtag #BeAnOrganDonor.
But it didn’t end there.
Bieber promoted her site, writing, “help spread the word for @alungstory alungstory.ca,” then sent another tweet reminding her to “NEVER SAY NEVER,” referencing his hit song and movie.
On Saturday, Campbell wrote back, “@justinbieber you have made a huge impact, not only on my life, but for many others in need of the gift of life now and in the future!”
Within no time, he replied, “glad to be able to help. best part of what i do.”
Campbell said she’s happy Bieber is helping bring worldwide attention to a worthy cause.
“I didn’t do this for myself. I did this to help others,” said Campbell.
She attended College catholique Franco-Ouest in Bells Corners, and also worked at the Dairy Queen “for a long time.”
But now, “I can’t really do too much,” she said.
Her mother, Manon, is with her in Toronto. “It’s good to have her with me,” said Campbell.
She remains positive, and patient, about being on a waitlist for new lungs.
“My lungs kind of look like they’ve been smoking for 60 years,” Campbell said, emphasizing she has never smoked. “When it’s my time, it’s my time.”