Excerpt: When folks found out that 3-year-old Toby Pannone had cancer, everyone wanted to help. It was the neighborly thing to do.
But the novel twist to the old-fashioned acts of kindness offered to Toby and his parents - Stephen Pannone and Mooki Saltzman - was that many of these neighbors lived in a virtual community on the Internet.
Some volunteered to cook meals, others offered to provide rides from Brooklyn to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. When they learned Toby's illness meant he couldn't be around the family's cats, neighbors took the two pets in. When mold was discovered in the family's home, other neighbors offered a new place to stay.
Ed Clark, Christmas Guest
3 months ago