When Robin Bliven joined her online mom group, she didn’t expect to form deep friendships that would carry her through some of life’s toughest moments. But that’s exactly what happened. Her fellow moms were there for her in the hospital when her daughter underwent surgery, and they even brought more supplies than she needed when her child was diagnosed with cancer. Little did Robin know that her online mom group would soon play an even bigger role in her life.

When Cal, an 11-month-old baby, needed a liver transplant to survive, over 100 moms from Robin’s group stepped up to be screened as potential donors. Andrea Alberto, a single mom from Boston with two sons of her own, was one of them.

When she found out she was a match, she didn’t hesitate to travel to Connecticut for the surgery. As she explained, “If there is someone in need and there is something you can reasonably do to help them, why wouldn’t you do it?”

The surgery was a success, and Cal is now recovering well with a healthy piece of Andrea’s liver. Andrea’s sons are proud to tell their friends how their mom “saved a baby,” but Andrea doesn’t see herself as a hero. She simply believes in helping others when she can.

This heartwarming story is a testament to the power of online communities and the kindness of strangers. It also sheds light on the importance of organ donation and how it can save lives. As Andrea said, “You don’t need to wait until it’s a family or friend who needs an organ – odds are, they never will. But someone else’s loved one already does need your organ. Find out if you’re a match. You can save someone’s life.”

So let this story be a reminder that true friends will always step up, no matter how you met them. And that sometimes, the support and love we find online can be just as powerful as the connections we make in person.

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