The story’s reach went from local to mind-bogglingly global in a handful of days.
The StayStrongRyanKennedy tag was the No. 4 trending topic in Detroit Wednesday evening. OU players said they’d seen Ryan’s name trending in the UK. Twitter confirmed it was a top 20 trending topic in the U.S. and Canada, and top 10 in Mexico, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Spain, the UK and the Netherlands. “I showed him the Britney Spears tweet, and he did start crying, and he said, ‘You know, Mommy, this really touches my heart, that so many people are out there Tweeting, and caring about me,’” said Morris-Karp of the joy the effort brought to Ryan’s heart.
But there’s been somewhat of a misnomer attached to the movement.
He’s been talked about from Michigan to Munich, from the United States to the United Kingdom, from Auburn Hills to …
“The trend has reached Australia,” Aussie Susan Armstead (@TwistedFingas) reported on Tuesday. “God bless mate.”
# If nothing else, all the whirlwind of attention on what everyone’s described as a truly exceptional kid has come at an ironically perfect time — National Brain Cancer Awareness Month is May — and can only help raise awareness for what is an ugly, nasty disease.
A disease for which there is no cure, as of yet, and for which there’s not nearly enough research.
“It’s amazing. It’s something that doesn’t take a whole lot of time, but it’s a huge gesture that means a whole lot to all of us. … It’s good to see because people don’t take the time to do the right thing, you don’t think very often. To see that there are actually good people out there that care, that means a lot,” said Kevin Morris, who joined the Twitter campaign wholeheartedly, hoping to give some meaning to what the entire family’s been going through.
Britney Spears is set to make a big splash Monday by personally appearing at the FOX Up Fronts in New York City for the announcement that she will be joining "X Factor."
As we reported, as of Friday AM the deal was NOT signed, contrary to various reports. There were some fairly minor issues that still needed resolving and both sides were hoping to finalize it by end of day Friday or over the weekend.
Britney will not sign the deal because she's under a conservatorship -- Co-conservators Jamie Spears and Jason Trawick will do the honors.
Simon Cowell will reportedly fill Britney Spears' X Factor dressing room with figs and prunes.
The TV mogul has signed the singer to appear as a judge on the US version of talent show - for a reported $15 million - and one of the promises he made to clinch the deal was to keep supplying her with the fruits she usually insists on in her tour rider.
A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "He promised to fill her dressing room with them. That'll make her 'regular' now."
Meanwhile the Toxic singer is said to be embarking on a six-week course of intensive training to prepare her for the show.
Britney has promised to be "glammed up" and totally dedicated to the programme, which is expected to return to TV in the autumn.
A source said: "Her people have promised she will be transformed. She'll be glammed up, slimmed down and totally focused on the show.
"Her diet includes lots of protein and superfoods to helps speed up her metabolism. The plan is to keep her full in between meals with vitamin juices, so she doesn't get hungry and grab junk food."
Insiders estimate the makeover could cost over £250,000 and she will be working very closely with a team of stylists on every detail of her look.
The source added to Closer magazine: "A full-time stylist will plan every detail of every outfit. She'll spend around four hours in the hair salon and have regular manicures and pedicures."