"Gamers Give Back" visits Mercy Kids

June 15, 2018

When kids have to be hospitalized, breaking up the boredom and distracting them from their illness or injury keeps their spirits up. That's why when a cart full of games rolled through the hallways of Mercy Kids, it made the day much brighter for our pediatric patients.

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"Gamers Give Back" is a project of Game Changer charity, which visits children's hospitals around the country to deliver hand-selected games to kids.

It was the "Gamers Give Back" tour, which visits children's hospitals around the country to deliver hand-selected games to kids who are fighting illness.

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A patient at Mercy Kids children's hospital in Springfield, Missouri, looks through her gift bag from the Gamers Give Back tour.

It’s part of the larger Game Changer charity, which was founded by Jim Carol and his son, Taylor. In 2006, Taylor was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia and was initially given only weeks to live.

He began treatment, which included isolation to protect him from other illnesses. That’s when Taylor turned to video games, which helped him communicate with his peers and distracted him from his situation.

Now, Taylor is 100 percent healthy and a recent graduate of Harvard University.

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