Since the inception of Child’s Play, I’ve donated every year—long before I a became a father. I’ve been an avid gamer all my life, and have given my daughter the “gamer” bug. When she was diagnosed with cancer at the beginning of 2011, just after my last donation to Child’s Play, it became apparent that I would soon see the charity from the other side. Our year-long struggle with her treatments and frequent hospital stays have been enriched by the time we’re able to spend with her playing games in the hospital just as we would at home (only with better games and a larger selection).
Our local children’s hospital has quite obviously benefited significantly from these donations, and this year I donated more than any year previous. Having seen the “other side” of the effect of the donations, I can think of no better gift to children who need every last bit of enjoyment in otherwise miserable situations.