Twitter/Drew Carey/Livestrong/$1million Dollars

Drew Carey

What do these things have in common?

Apparently, a young man named Drew Olanoff, cancer-fighter and blogger, has been auctioning his very popular Twitter username @drew to raise money for Livestrong, Lance Armstrong's cancer foundation. Orlanoff, who developed Hodgkins disease in May 2009, decided to air his frustrations to the masses by way of Twitter. With a friend he set up BlameDrewsCancer.com so Tweeters could blame his cancer for everything and anything that has gone wrong in their world. The auction was doing well and was to end on November 9th, his 30th birthday. He thought someone would, at the last minute, bid $10,000.00 and that would be it. That's where the other Drew comes in. The popular CBS game show host, Drew Carey, got wind of the auction and decided to get involved. As a newbie on Twitter, he's been trying to gain a following as many celebrities have lately. He initially bid $25,000.00 but soon bumped it up to $100,000.00 knowing the money was being donated to Armstrong's cancer foundation.

Lance Armstrong

A New Proposition

Carey, the Cleveland comedian, knowing that many celebrities have millions of followers on twitter (Ashton Kutcher has 3 million) decided to up the ante to $1,000,000.00 if he could amass a million followers on the social media site. As of October 9th, Carey's following was around 65,000 but has been steadily growing after the wacky proposal. It's approaching 100,000 as we speak. He doesn't think at this rate he can get to the million mark, but whatever the number is on December 31st, 2009 is what he will donate (500,000 followers = $500,000.00). Whether you think this a publicity stunt or not, the money will provide much needed funding for cancer research.

No matter if your a Carey or Twitter fan, I urge you to help make this happen. If you already tweet, go to @DrewFromTV (Carey's username) and follow him. Even if your not into Twitter, join (it's free) and become his follower. Livestrong is a fantastic support system for those who have contracted the dreaded disease and raises considerable research money through charitable events it sponsors.

What a fabulous story! Let's race for the yellow jersey!

*Update on 12/18/09: Drew Carey now has 288,000 followers on twitter. If you haven't yet, follow him. He's still committed to $1.00 per follower.

New Ground Rules

Right before the end of 2009, Drew Carey in conjunction with Livestrong announced that he will donate $1 million dollars when his followers and the followers of Livestrong combined reach 1 million. Presently (January 26th, 2010) the combined total is 454,000 followers strong. I urge you to get involved! If you're a twitterer go to @DrewFromTV and @Livestrong and follow them. If you're not a Twitterer, join (it's simple/ takes maybe 2 minutes) and join the movement. The Lance Armstrong Foundation (cancer research) really could put that $1 million to great use.

Update: March 29, 2010 The total is now 484,000 followers. We need your support. Thanks!

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Catherine R 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. As you say - all for a worthwhile cause so who cares if it is a publicity stunt. These things can go exponential.....

I am happy to follow him.


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Thanks Catherine. Help spread the word.


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jiberish 6 years ago from florida

Thanks for the info! Who Knew?


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Hubs Directory 6 years ago

I think it's a wonderful thing to do. Thanks for the important info

~David


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Thanks David, I need to update this Hub. The ground rules have changed.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Jai - How did I miss this one? Im racing for the yellow jersey. . but first im going go and follow Drew at the little birdy site!


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Thanks Shari. Don't forget to follow Livestrong too. He's donating a dollar for every follower of both Twitter accounts.

Right now it's at a half a million dollars.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

This is good. I will check him out on Twitter. The more people do this, the less people will suffer from cancer.

Thanks and Best Wishes.


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Always good to see you Lady E. Livestrong does tremendous things to fight cancer and provide support for people with the disease. Every dollar counts. Thanks :)


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Jai Warren, Great I'm all over it! Thanks for bringing this to our attention and giving us the opportunity to help. Peace :)


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Livestrong (Lance Armstrong's Cancer Foundation) does a tremendous amount of good with people fighting cancer. They provide support to not only the victims but also their families. Thanks, Katie. Ciao! :)


drew olanoff 6 years ago

Thanks for your support everyone! check out the newly launched http://www.blamecancer.com


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Hope everything's well with you, Drew. Thanks for visiting! I'll definitely will check out blamecancer.com. All the best, Ciao!


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

I wanted to touch base with you again on this and let you know I joined and have since been wearing a live strong band on my wrist, it's a wee bit big and reminds me it's there everytime I do Yoga but wouldn't trade it or take it off for nothing. I love Lance! BTW I visited you blog and I will so feed your rss to my obsessions hub. Thanks :)


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Katie, your a sweetheart! Too many people are affected by cancer everyday and our support is important. Go Lance...Tour de France 2010. Livestrong, Ciao!


hubpageswriter 6 years ago

There are lots of good people around. If it helps to spread the word around, I don't mind following him too. Well written hub once more, Jai.:)


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Jai Warren 6 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas Author

Thanks hubpageswriter. Your support to fight cancer and raise $$$ for research is appreciated. All the best, Ciao!

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