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Twitter campaign leads Russell Wilson to visit teen with cancer

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson visited a teen with cancer after learning about him through a social media campaign. / USA TODAY Sports

As reported by the Olympia News-Tribune, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson visited 17-year-old Timberline (Wash.) baseball player David Padilla at Seattle Children's Hospital on Tuesday thanks to a savvy social media campaign.

Friends and relatives of Padilla, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, in October, began tweeting with the hashtag #PadillaNeedsTheDanger on Saturday. Wilson, whose Twitter handle is @DangeRussWilson, eventually saw the message after hundreds of Twitter users across the country tweeted and retweeted the hashtag.

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Padilla told the Tribune that Wilson's visit ranks up there with hitting his first Little League home run as one of the top moments of his life.

"Definitely top two," Padilla said.

Wilson's visit came one week after a similar grass-roots Twitter campaign led Adrian Peterson to call Minnesota teen Blake Cognata. Cognata, who was battling Ewing's sarcoma and considered Peterson his football hero, passed away on Jan. 12. Funeral services for the Fairport senior were scheduled for today.

Thanks to Prep Rally for the heads up.



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