The Story Of A Game That’s Literally Fighting Cancer
Sometime last year during one of our infamous podcasts a game called Cancer was mentioned. Nobody really cares about that anymore and it has nothing to do with this article but it was a less than depressing way to start talking about actual cancer. It’s one of the worst diseases to have to suffer from, just ask Walter White. If you’re a fan of Breaking Bad, don’t act surprised that I squeezed that in there.
MechWarrior Online is one of those MMO’s that many of us may ignore but for a young girl named Sarah Parries, it was her favourite pastime while battling cancer. If only she could get a life-support mech suit like a certain villain in a certain movie, right?
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At only 5 years old, she lost her battle with cancer but there is a silver lining to come out of it. She and her dad, Jon, were huge fans of the Piranha Games title and the people behind MechWarrior Online took note of this. In her memory the team designed a special Jenner (Sarah’s favourite mech in the game) and made it available to the community for $10.
Okay that’s thoughtful but seriously, $10 for one mech? This is where it gets inspirational. The net proceeds are being donated to the Canadian Cancer Society in Sarah’s name.
“Sarah’s story touched us all and we are so grateful and amazed by the generous global outpouring of support in her name,” says Ron Kuehl, Vice President of Revenue Development at the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division. “It’s truly heartening that something positive is coming from such a tragic situation.”
The gift in Sarah’s name was expected to be a modest token of love from a community that feels her loss so deeply. No one expected Sarah’s story and this campaign would have touched so many.
“When we first had the idea for Sarah’s Jenner we thought that ten thousand dollars would be a number we could all be proud of,” said Bryan Ekman, creative director of Piranha Games. “The response from the MechWarrior community and from the games industry at large has been overwhelming. We can’t thank everyone enough for unifying in this effort to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society and cancer research.”
Over $100 000, that is truly amazing. especially considering that each MWO user can only purchase one Sarah’s Jenner and they can’t be gifted. That means 10 000 people have made a contribution. Piranha and publisher Infinite Games have also urged users to donate directly.
Well I hope that was an enlightening and bright note on which to start your Monday and your week. It can only get worse from here.