Let's step back from the onslaught of CES coverage for a moment and take a deep breathe. New gadgets are great, but gaming isn't all about the hardware. One of its greatest strengths is its ability to bring us together. When Nicholas Capobianco lost his battle with Leukemia in June, 2008 his friends searched for a meaningful way to share his love of gaming and generous spirit with the world. Their solution was to embrace the hobby that had united them in the bonds of friendship for years; videogames. Nick's Marathon is about gaming, working together, and charity. During a whole weekend Nick's friends play co-op videogames to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Child's Play. The third annual marathon is set for this January 21st-23rd and you will be able to watch the marathon and make donations at the official site.
VIDEO GAME MARATHON SET TO HONOR DECEASED FRIEND'S MEMORY,
RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITIES
New, York, NY, January 10, 2011 – At 11:59pm, January 21st 2011, several dedicated gamers will convene in a Manhattan apartment for an entire weekend of video gaming and fund-raising. The event, called Nick’s Marathon, is done in the name of Nicholas Capobianco, who passed away in the summer of 2008 after losing his battle to leukemia. This will be the third Nick's Marathon event.
Nick, a video game enthusiast and devoted friend, touched countless lives in his 28 years. Though he had battled leukemia as a child, he had lived most of his adult life healthy and cancer free. But in 2006, health issues began to resurface, and Nick spent the next few years undergoing various surgeries and treatments, including a bone marrow transplant. Perhaps because Nick had successfully fought back against cancer before, his death left those closest to him in shock.
Alan Noah, one of Nick's oldest friends, was particularly affected by Nick's passing. “I just couldn't believe that Nick was gone. We had been friends since high school, for over a decade. He was such a good person – how could this happen? After the initial shock had worn off, I decided immediately that I needed to do something to honor the memory of the kindest and most generous person I've ever known.”
Alan enlisted the help of his friend James Brief, and in the fall of 2008, Alan and James organized the first Nick's Marathon. The event was conceived as a video game marathon; where a group of people play video games over an entire weekend – with no breaks – and broadcast it all live on the internet. People would go to www.nicksmarathon.com, watch the games being played, and make a donation. The 2008 event raised a total of $3,000, as did the second Nick's Marathon in 2009.
The next Nick's Marathon hopes to shatter that number.
Each year, Nick's Marathon raises money for three charities, each related to Nick:
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society® (LLS), the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Nick suffered leukemia when he was a child, and though it went into remission, the cancer returned in Nick’s mid-twenties and ultimately proved fatal.
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), a non-profit organization, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 52 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. When Nick was a child with leukemia, he participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 100th Ronald McDonald House location in New Hyde Park, NY.
Child's Play is a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in its network of over 60 hospitals worldwide. Since 2003, Child’s Play has collected over 7 million dollars in donations of toys, games, books and cash for kids in children’s hospitals. Nick, ever the video game lover, was gaming in his hospital room until just before his death.
Participants in the 2011 video game marathon will continue in the NM tradition of playing co-op games, where two or more players work together, as opposed to competing against one another.
ABOUT NICK'S MARATHON
Nick's Marathon was created in September 2008 by James Brief and Alan Noah, two friends of Nicholas Capobianco who wanted to do something positive, charitable, and fun to honor the memory of their friend. The charity has raised $6,000 in it's first two years of existence, donating $2,000 each to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Child's Play.