Posted on: March 29, 2018 at 1:38 pm
Last updated: June 5, 2018 at 3:02 pm

It happens to the best of us… You craft a text message or snap a photo and, in a moment of excitement or carelessness, you hit send. Not thinking twice about it, you exit the conversation only to realize that you’ve sent it to a complete stranger.

Even though you’re just a phone number to them, it’s still embarrassing. Sometimes, though, life works in mysterious ways and you never know how a misfired text will change your life in a very real and direct way.

How One Accidental Text Saved a Life

Dress shopping might seem like a mundane task but when high schooler Sydney Uselton was on the hunt, she found one and needed a second opinion. Little did she know her text, for some miraculous reason, wound up in the messages of Spring Hill, Tennessee’s Tony Wood.


So, what did he do in response to these photos of a beautiful young woman in a dress? Like any good man, father-of-six Tony Wood grabbed five of his children and snapped a picture to send back to Sydney with the following response:[1]

“I believe this message was intended for someone else. My wife isn’t home, so I couldn’t get her opinion, but the kids and I think you look stunning in your dress! You should definitely go with that one.”

In an interview with Daily Mail Australia, Tony Wood offered some uplifting words. So, if you ever receive a random wrong-number text, remember this:[2]

“Society puts a lot of pressure on these young women to have a certain look and a certain body build. We try to teach our children to be themselves and not worry about what others think… Even with that, my young daughters already express a desire to ‘fit in’ and I figured this young lady might need that reassurance.”

As you might guess, their text exchange went viral after Sydney’s friend, Mandi Miller, shared the pair’s exchange on her Twitter page. But the story doesn’t end there!

The Unexpected Power of Social Media

Once that happened, people noticed that only five of Tony Wood’s six kids were present in the picture. That’s when people started digging and soon learned that four-year-old Kaizler missed the photo because he is battling Pre-B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (since 2015) and his mother had taken him to a chemotherapy appointment.[3]

When Mandi caught wind of the Wood family’s situation, she shared Kaizler’s GoFundMe page, “Prayers for Kaizler.” Social media can be a daunting world to navigate, but the good-hearted netizens definitely shone through this time. With an initial goal of $10,000, the donations received through social media shares brought them to a total of over $55,000 with the help of almost 2000 donors.[4]

According to Tony Wood, Kaizler is in the maintenance phase of his cancer battle until mid-April 2019. If you’re a parent, you can imagine how incredibly helpful these extra funds will be – not only for Kaizler but the wellbeing of the Woods.

“It is so refreshing to be reminded that there are good people in the world who still care about others and are quick to be generous and kind to others,” said Wood’s wife, Rachel, in an interview with Bored Panda.[5] “I would also like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all the kind words, all the prayers, all the donations, all the love and support. We honestly would never have been able to make it this far in our journey without every single one of you!”


So, next time…

You may want to think twice before deciding not to answer a wrong-number text. Your seemingly insignificant and pointless response could have enormous cosmic consequences – just as it did for Kaizler and his family.

“It’s a bigger blessing than anyone could ever know,” says Wood.[6]

[1] Dad’s Reply To Woman’s Wrong-Number Text Leads To Life-Saving Miracle. (2018, March 12). Retrieved March 29, 2018, from


[2] Sam Lock For The Daily Mail. (2018, March 12). ‘The kids and I think you look stunning!’: Teen accidentally sends a photo of her formal dress to a cancer sufferer’s dad – and the exchange goes viral, raising $15k for the young boy. Retrieved March 29, 2018, from

[3] Deabler, A. (2018, March 12). Student’s mistaken text message goes viral, raises $15K for child with cancer. Retrieved March 29, 2018, from

[4] Hosie, R. (2018, March 13). Teenage girl accidentally sends dress picture to stranger whose response went viral. Retrieved March 29, 2018, from

[5] Woman Accidentally Texts Wrong Number Asking For Advice On Dress, Doesn’t Expect To Change This Boy’s Life. (n.d.). Retrieved March 29, 2018, from

[6] Wood, T. (n.d.). Prayers for Kaizler (Facebook Page). Retrieved March 29, 2018, from

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