John Spinello only made $500 from selling his patent to the classic game Operation in 1964. Fifty years later, he found himself in the position of needing an operation of his own that he couldn’t afford. Last fall, Tim Walsh and Peggy Brown launched a Crowdrise Campaign to help John get that operation. Over 1,200 people pitched in and raised $32,422 for John and the campaign went viral. John’s story was picked up on Good Morning America, Inside Edition, NBC Nightly News, Jimmy Kimmel Live and over 100 other media outlets.
But the story didn't end there. There is a twist! So, here I interview Peggy and Tim about the story and they ask that you help them tell the even BIGGER story!
How crazy was it when your campaign for John went viral?
Tim: Peggy and I were on severe overtime for two weeks straight. We had over 1,200 donations come in to John, each of which generated an email to us. We took the time to send thankyous back to each person. That was important to us. We set up a website for people to write to John and received over 500 more letters there. Just managing the campaign was a challenge. Then there was the media crush.
Peggy: John and his wife, Madeline are such sweet people, when it started to get crazy we felt we had to organize and filter the media requests for them. Some of the media got really pushy and we didn’t want John subject to that. Basically we turned into agents and media managers for him. He had camera crews in his house for 2 solid weeks!