Beautiful Peoples Club Hosting 3rd Annual 24 Hour Gaming Fundraiser

Beautiful Peoples Club

Millions of gamers play online each day.  Shooting other players in first-person shooters, playing pinball, driving exotic cars, dealing cards or running from zombies are just a few ways kids and adults interact, often times not even realizing the difference in ages.  Because gaming offers a chance for so many different types of people to come together and participate in fun (and at times thought provoking) activities, one group of gamers has decided to do what they love and give back to a group in need.

On May 19th through May 20th, the gaming organization Beautiful Peoples Club.org (BPC) will be running a charity gaming event.  Funds raised during the event are to benefit StupidCancer.org.  The folks at BPC will be playing video games for a full 24 hours, streaming their gaming feeds live and chatting with all folks interested in supporting their efforts on their TeamSpeak server.  This is the BPC’s third year of hosting a 24 hour gaming fundraiser.

In a recent interview with Zach Wigal from ECA, the BPC fundraiser organizers Mart Brinkley and Jason Fishman explained that they support Stupid Cancer (also known as the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation or i[2]y) because of the outreach and family services that they provide for younger cancer patients.  As gaming is typically associated with a younger crowd, the BPC wants to make sure that gamers are aware that cancer support groups exist to help younger patients by promoting and fundraising for i[2]y.

To drive home how important i[2]y is to the younger cancer patients, Brinkley describes in the interview how a cancer patient at the age of 17 was in a complete quandary about getting medical support.  The patient’s normal pediatrician would only see patients up to the age of 16 and more traditional oncologists didn’t know how to best provide answers and help for a younger patient.  Through the support channels that i[2]y offers for younger cancer patients, the 17-year-old was able to find the help he needed and get age appropriate support.

Face it folks.  Cancer sucks.  Whether you are young or old, finding out you, or someone you love has cancer can be a completely life changing event.  As a gamer I appreciate the fact that there are so many fellow gamers willing to give a full 24 hours of their time to help a worthwhile cause.  In the past the BPC has played Red Dead Redemption on the PS3 for 24 hours straight.  This year they are planning to play a large variety of games across many different platforms including, Diablo 3, Killzone 3, LittleBigPlanet 2, Borderlands, Guild Wars, Left 4 Dead (1 and 2), Mario Kart and Zen Pinball, just to name a few.

Cancer can impact any family member, young or old, and Stupid Cancer strives to make sure patients are aware of all support options available to them.  The folks at BPC appreciate everything Stupid Cancer stands for and is asking for the gaming community at large to help their efforts in bringing awareness to the i[2]y foundation. Help the BPC by donating to their fundraiser or playing along during the 24 hour gaming event.  As a gamer what could be easier than playing video games while supporting a worthy cause?

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Tim has been playing video games for more than 20 years. He manages to find time to game in between raising three kids and working as a network administrator. Follow Tim on Twitter @freemantim.