Help Marcela

On a more serious note, if you’ve been an SEO for a while and have been to conferences or if you visited WMW in the last few years, you probably got to meet Marcela DeVivo (aka 2_Much). Marcela helped a lot of people and always held my feet to the fire about doing more in the Hispanic market.

Now Marcela could use some help of her own. Her unborn son, Nathan Dorje Andrew, was recently diagnosed with serious brain damage. This has got to be a nightmare for an expecting mother, and she asks for your prayers. If you want to help in other ways, you can also donate money (thanks for making that page, grnidone).

I’m wishing the best for you and Nathan, Marcela.

(Via Threadwatch and Oilman.)

Update: Jeremy is matching funds if you’re thinking about donating.

29 Responses to Help Marcela (Leave a comment)

  1. She and Nathan are in our prayers!

  2. I’ve never even met Marcela, but I donated some extra cash in my PayPal account to her after I read grnidone’s note on SEW last week. It may not be a lot, but if we all give a little…

    Thanks to you Matt for helping out!

  3. Russell

    What a terrible and sad situation. God Bless Marcela and Nathan.

  4. God Bless Marcela and Nathan. x-|

  5. Refuah Shlema (Hebrew for “[wish him] complete healing”). You’ll be in my prayers.

  6. My heart goes out to Marcela and Nathan and will say a few prayers for them. I can understand all of the emotion Marcela is going through. I have had children and lost children and recenlty one went through brain surgery. No matter what happens you will find much comfort in surrounding yourself with caring, loving, and supportive people. Even those you don’t know. Let God take care of the rest. Again God bless you Marcela and Nathan you are in our prayers.

  7. German Boy

    God Bless Marcela and Nathan.
    My best wishes from my family.
    Lets help all together.

  8. I wish I had known about the matching funds, already sent it through Paypal.

  9. Jay

    My prayers are with you as is my donation. Matt, thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  10. I just dugg the story to help get further support.

    Here’s the link if anyone is interested.

  11. Search Engines WEB

    In addition to donations, many of her close Webmaster and SEO friends, or people whom she has helped in the past, could possibly consider putting special Adsense accounts on their Sites – and donating ALL of the income to her.

  12. Jim Messenger


    It is a very generous thing you have done. I am sure the exposure given by your site to this cause will be huge.

    Our prayers are with Marcela and her son.

  13. Never heard of Marcela, but I’ll keep Nathan in my prayers.

  14. My Best wishes from my family and the whole SEO community. God Bless Marcela and Nathan.

  15. Hey Matt, you are a good guy for stepping up to help get the word out about Marcela and her family. Donated already, hope more SEO’s join in with support, good thoughts and prayers.

  16. For those of you who may not know her, Marcela is a sweet, kind and giving person. She is generous with her time, gentle in spirit, and treats strangers like family. My heart goes out to her and and her entire family in this difficult time. It’s truly incredible to see such an outpouring of love from the community and I hope it continues to grow. I also know she reads this blog and have no doubt she will be blessed by all the well wishes.

  17. Dear Matt Cutts Team,
    trying to raise money by a donation is quite a good idea
    but probably it may not be efficient enough!

    I think you should raise more money
    renting a “backlink” on your Site!!!

    Many people are interested in that and many people can renting a “backlink” in others site, only for 30-60 days 🙂

    Regards GT-Team

  18. Rae

    Sigh. I know exactly what she’s going through. There is nothing worse than being told your baby has severe brain damage. I hope she has a strong support system and she remembers to take things one day at a time. The pain doesn’t ever go away, but it becomes more bearable. I’m keeping her in my thoughts.

  19. Wow, this is so very sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with Marcela, Owen and most of all Dorje.

    The LORD bless you and keep you;
    The LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;
    The LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.
    Numbers 6:24-26

  20. God bless Marcela and her son, they are in my prayers.

  21. Gus Farrah

    This is amazing, seeing an SEO community stepping out to help for such a noble cause, I am proud to be in this community, God bless Marcela and her son.

  22. This is a gr8 effort from Matts!

    All my prayers are now with both of them…Marcela & Andrew.

    zesus will take care of them.

  23. Tia

    God bless baby Nathan. My prayers go out to Marcela, Nathan and their entire family.

  24. God Bless Marcela and Nathan. My prayers are with you !

  25. First of all, I want to thank everyone for their kindness and support, it has been beyond comprehension the amount of kindness our family has received from this community, and we are so extremely grateful. Everyone’s prayers, donations, and words of encouragement have meant so much.

    This experience has been very difficult and very inspiring for us, and we are grateful for everyone’s support – so much has been given. Thank you. And thanks Matt for posting this on your blog.

    Now, to the most important thing – I feel very proud to be a part of this community, and I hope everyone does, a group of people willing to spend time, money, and energy on helping someone in need, is amazing. Thank you.

  26. I’m going to roll back the last few comments and go ahead and lock this thread.