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Fans of the MTV show “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” will remember Diem Brown. She was cast to appear on the show at age 23. Everything in her life seemed to be coming together, but then she received a devastating diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

The illness inspired her to found MedGift,an online registry and social media site specifically for patients. It allows them to solicit donations for medical care; lists needed items that can be purchased for the patient; and provides a forum for patients for emotional support, visits and prayers.

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