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SFA Day 30: A Reminder of What Today Was All About

It's the last day of my San Francisco Adventure blogs, but rather than talk about me, I wanted to focus on something that truly matters. Today was a day spent by many of you playing video games for Extra-Life. Sometimes, though, the real purpose of the event can get lost in the excitement and competition. I just simply wanted to provide a reminder.

Diagnosed with brain cancer at age 3, Drew Myers spent eight weeks in chemotherapy, and 55 straight weeks in treatment, until his cancer went into remission. The malicious cells have since ceased all growth and he is now in kindergarten enjoying Legos, riding his bike and playing football.

Katelyn Bratvold is now eleven years old and living a relatively healthy life while dealing with occasional minor bouts of Crohn's disease. But three years ago, Katelyn's family didn't understand why she was constantly complaining of stomach pain and having digestion problems. While the disease still persists, it's much easier to live with thanks to the diagnosis and treatment she received at the nearby children's hospital. 

Marcus Solt was four years old in the impoverished African nation of Liberia when he drank lye, a poisonous liquid used for washing clothes. The lye burned his mouth and esophagus to the point where Marcus couldn't swallow or eat. At age six, he weighed only twenty-one pounds, and was soon adopted by an American family that brought him to the children's hostpital. He now enjoys all of the simple amenities such as watching TV, eating three meals a day and always having something to drink.

McKenzie Schuld was born weighing less than two pounds. She wasn't expected live more than two days. She struggled for months in the hospital while doctors kept her nourished and breathing on an incubator. She is now in third grade and is the big sister two brothers.

These are children that would like nothing more than to have spent their years of suffering and treatment playing games, making friends and living a "normal" uninhibited life with their families. These are kids who may never fully recover mentally or physically from what they've been through. These are the kids we've raised over ten thousand dollars for today. 

However, it isn't us who deserve a round of applause. 

It's them.

Stay classy Game Informer.

Full disclosure: While these words are my own, I found all of these stories on a Wisconsin hospital website that just happened to pop up first on my Google search. It's a small, concentrated sample, but still a powerful one. If you'd like to read their full stories, please visit the site.

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