When Duncan, Jonnie, Dave and I started The Buried Life in my parent's garage in 2006, our mission was to accomplish a list of 100 things to do before you die and to help a stranger each time we got one done.
While in Memphis, for example, attempting to cross off "#59: Make a toast at a Stranger's Wedding," we helped a student at the University of Memphis see her mother's grave for the first time after losing her in Hurricane Katrina. Without that, she had never had closure.
In the fall of last year, we heard about an eighteen-year-old girl named Torri Biddle from Ohio whose dream it was to be outfit with a bionic arm so she could cross off #1 on her list, "Hug my dad."
Her friends were so supportive of her that they started a Twitter campaign called #HandforTorri. It caught our attention and with the help of friends and family, we invited her to Invisible Children's Fourth Estate Summit at UCLA, where we were speaking.
The incredible folks at Invisible Children offered to help cover flights and even film behind the scenes. Then, on stage at the Forth Estate Summit, with Torri's friends with us, we surprised her with the news that she was going to receive a state of the art bionic arm from Hanger Clinics.
At the 11th hour the night before, Hanger Clinics, which is known as one of the best outlets for prosthetics in the country, jumped in and said, "We would love to help!" They donated over $150,000 worth of technology and physical training!
Torri couldn't believe it. She broke down crying.
Today, Torri works at an ice cream shop and is asked about her bionic arm all the time. She uses it everyday. The incredible response this whole thing has gotten, from start to finish, has inspired us to dig deeper.
What would you do if anything was possible?