First He Went To The Hospital. Then He Felt The Worst Pain Of His Life. Then Things Got Weird.

Yes, John Green was in Africa. Yes, he was hospitalized shortly thereafter. Internet Diagnosis Machine says ... Ebola! Er, no, sorry. Really, he was as far away from it in Africa as England is from Afghanistan. He had meningitis, which he apparently got in — well, this is embarrassing — Florida. Green’s brain is still a little on the swollen side, but even so, he turns the Internet’s little mistake into a mirror that shows just how knuckleheaded people can be.

First He Went To The Hospital. Then He Felt The Worst Pain Of His Life. Then Things Got Weird.

As Green points out, it’d be great if we took our fear of Ebola and channeled it into thinking about how we can help get running water infrastructure, latex gloves, and bleach to the communities that are really at war with this and other infectious diseases. Wanna learn more? Here you go.


If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.