Here is a great story about an amazing boy who survived Leukemia. The Make a Wish Foundation agreed to grant him a wish, then he decided he wanted to help create a video game for other kids fighting cancer in which they could shoot cancer cells and have other visual metaphors related to their illness and treatment.
During Ben Duskin's battle with Leukemia, he played computer games, which helped him get through the treatment process. He began to think about the need to have something positive that helped other kids battle their illnesses. So he decided to design a video game that would
be helpful for kids like him who have cancer. This was a way for him to fight back and relieve some of the pain and stress involved with treatment.
A man named Eric Johnston, came forward with his employer LucasArts, and fully supported Mr. Johnson's efforts. For months, Ben and Eric met on a regular basis to make the game just as Ben envisioned it. They also had the support of UCSF and his medical team which was invaluable.
The object of the game is to destroy all mutated cells and to collect the seven shields that provide protection from common side effects of chemotherapy. The shields are guarded by a "monster":
• Colds - Iceman Monster
• Barf – Robarf Monster
• Chicken Pox –Big Chicken Monster
• Fever - Firemonster
• Bleeding – Vamp Monster
• Hair Loss – Qball Monster
• Rash – Tornado Monster
Three health levels serve as ammunition in the game:
• Health you get from the hospital
• Ammo you get from the pharmacy
• Attitude you get from home
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