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Donate DS games for cancer patient

David Hinkle
David Hinkle|@davehinkle|December 4, 2006 2:55 PM
Rich over at Xbox360Fanboy let us know about a very good cause. Turns out, a cancer patient by the name of Tori who is currently battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, which is a form of blood cancer, is in need of help. Defeating the disease once when she was younger, she relapsed recently. In preparing for a huge stay in the hospital, as her immune system will be vulnerable to germs and infection following the bone marrow transplant, her mother says that in-between treatments, she is always playing her DS.

This is where you could come in. Her mother asks that anyone with defeated games or perhaps in possession of games which you particularly do not enjoy, you could help Tori through this ordeal by donating them to her. She's only 13 and in suffering something that no child should ever have to endure, she is certainly deserving.

We've included the original forum post asking for games into our post, past the jump.

Hey gang,

I may not have been around the forums long enough to warrant this request, so no one will blame you for ignoring me on this one.

For the past 3 years I have worked with Texas Children's Cancer Center, the largest pediatric cancer and hematology center in the United States. As a result of our radiothon efforts we've raised about 1.5 million dollars for pediatric cancer research since December, 2004. As a result of my work there, I have gotten to know lots of really amazing kids. Some of them go on to live full lives... others fall this terrible disease.

2 years ago I met Tori, a young lady fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.... In layman's terms... blood cancer.

At the time, Tori had already beaten this terrible disease when she was 8 years old. But then, just shy of 13, she relapsed. When a leukemia patient relapses, it means it's time for a Bone Marrow Transplant. Basically they give the child HUGE amounts of chemo and radiation to kill their existing (flawed) bone marrow. Then a donor (healthy) marrow is introduced. If all goes as planned, the donor marrow will take over (engraft) and the leukemia will be gone forever.

The side effect of blasting their bone marrow is an EXTREME vulnerability to viruses and germs, since the immune system is literally non existent.

So to protect against that, the child must spend upwards of 100 straight days in the hospital... Tori is about to embark on this journey... Which is why I am writing to gamers about this. Yesterday, I asked Tori's mom (Jo Ellen) what Tori likes to do in between the medicines and radiation treatments. She told me that Tori is GLUED to her NINTENDO DS.

So I'd throw this out to any of you who might have a Nintendo DS with games you beaten or don't play any more. Perhaps you would consider giving them to a very amazing young lady who's going thru something that no child should endure.

If you have any games you'd like to donate to Tori, please send them to me, and I will deliver them to her mom before they start their 100 days of utter isolation.

Jeromy "Doc" Adams
21515 Brookchase Loop
Cypress, TX 77433

I would really appreciate it if you might possibly be able to include something about this little project on Tori's behalf on your next podcast if you think it would fit. If not, no worries.

Here are some links to a few things.

THIS is a link to Tori's Carepage. http://www.carepages.com/ServeCarePa...efid=tlcupdate

Here are some pictures of Tori, so that you can put a face with the person you are doing this good deed for.