Donnie Wahlberg helps find kidney for NKOTB fan via Twitter
New Kids on the Block singer Donnie Wahlberg used his Twitter skills to help find a kidney for an ailing fan.
In December, one of Walhberg's 183,000 Twitter followers retweeted a blog about Bobbette Miller, a fan who was desperately in need of a kidney transplant.
Wahlberg told the Boston Herald he retweeted it, and shortly afterwards, calls were pouring in to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. One of the callers was a match, and Miller is scheduled for a transplant in June.
Wahlberg called the success a team effort.
"It's a testament to the value of Twitter when used for more than telling people what one is eating for dinner or using it to sell products by tweeting as an endorser," the Boston Herald quoted Walhberg as saying.
Walhberg, who also is an actor on CBS's police drama, "Blue Bloods," is set to start his tour with fellow members of New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys.
New Kids on the Block spurred hits such as "Hangin' Tough" and "Step By Step" and is made up of Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Jordan and Jonathan Knight and Danny Wood.
The Backstreet Boys, known for songs such as "I Want It That Way" and "I'll Never Break Your Heart," currently consists of A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter.
Check out dates for the New Kids on the Block - Backstreet Boys tour (order tickets here).
May 25, 2011 - Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
May 26, 2011 - Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
May 28, 2011 - Buffalo, NY, HSBC Arena
May 29, 2011 - Baltimore, MD, 1st Mariner Arena
May 30, 2011 - Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
June 2, 2011 - Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
June 3, 2011 - Washington, DC, Verizon Center
June 4, 2011 - Boston, MA, TD Garden
June 5, 2011 - Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
June 7, 2011 - Montreal, QC, Canada, Bell Center
June 8, 2011 - Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
June 9, 2011 - Toronto, ON, Canada, Air Canada Centre
June 11, 2011 - Boston, MA, Fenway Park
June 12, 2011 - East Rutherford, NJ, IZOD Center
June 13, 2011 - East Rutherford, NJ, IZOD Center
Jun 15, 2011 - Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
June 16, 2011 - Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
June 17, 2011 - Chicago, IL, United Center
June 18, 2011 - Chicago, IL, United Center
June 21, 2011 - Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
June 22, 2011 - Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
June 24, 2011 - Lafayette, LA, Cajundome
June 25, 2011 - Houston, TX, Toyota Center
June 26, 2011 - Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
June 28, 2011 - San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
June 30, 2011 - Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Center
July 1, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
July 2, 2011 - San Jose, CA, HP Pavilion
July 3, 2011 - Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Events
July 6, 2011 - Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
July 8, 2011 - Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
July 9, 2011 - Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
July 10, 2011 - Vancouver, BC, Canada, Rogers Arena
July 12, 2011 - Edmonton, AB, Canada, Rexall Place
July 13, 2011 - Calgary, AB, Canada, The Scotiabank Saddledome
July 15, 2011 - Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
July 16, 2011 - Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
July 17, 2011 - Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
July 19, 2011 - St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
July 20, 2011 - Louisville, KY, KFC YUM! Center
July 22, 2011 - Orlando, FL, Amway Arena
July 23, 2011 - Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
July 24, 2011 - Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center
July 26, 2011 - Indianapolis, IN, Conseco Fieldhouse
July 27, 2011 - Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
July 29, 2011 - Atlantic City, NJ, Boardwalk Hall
July 30, 2011 - Hershey Park, PA, Hershey Park Stadium
July 31, 2011 - Long Island, NY, Nassau Memorial Coliseum
Aug. 4, 2011 - Ottawa, ON, Canada, Scotiabank Place
Aug. 5, 2011 - Montreal, QC, Canada Bell Center
Aug. 6, 2011 - Hamilton, ON, Canada, Copps Coliseum
Aug. 7, 2011 - London, ON, Canada, John Labatt Centre