What is Miracle Gears?
Miracle Gears is a fund raising drive run in connection with Child's Play. The idea is to play video games and raise money for local hospitals.
Wait, what are you doing?
We're playing video games to raise money for local hospitals. More specifically, we're playing all four Gears of War games, plus all the side missions, all on Insane difficulty, in a nonstop marathon session. We are going to die a lot... :P
Okay, when is this happening?
We plan to start streaming the games at 12:00 noon CDT (GMT-6:00) on July 18, 2014. We will keep going until we finish all the games in our playlist, likely on the 21st or 22nd of July. You can catch all the action on my twitch stream right here. [The stream ended at 9:35 PM on Sunday, July 20. By that time, we were spent, I had been playing for most of the entire day, as was my copilot, and we needed rest.]
How did Miracle Gears come about?
This one's...kind of personal. My brother, David, was in a nasty car crash in 2008. Swerved to avoid a deer, hit a tree, whacked his head on the steering wheel, bad news all around. He suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and was in a medically induced coma for two whole weeks. He had to relearn how to walk, talk, eat, everything. The accident was but a few weeks before his junior prom. Even so, he managed to graduate high school with a 4.0 GPA, and as of June, 2014, he now holds a Bachelor's degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He is a success story if there ever was one.
David spent time at two different hospitals in my area. The first month was spent in the pediatric intensive care unit at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. He spent another couple of months at Gillette Children's Hospital in St. Paul, MN. It was his time at Gillette that more or less inspired me to do this. See, when he was done with his physical and occupational therapy, there wasn't much available for him. The wing had a couple TVs with VCRs and a bunch of kids movies. Now, I like Toy Story 2 as much as the next guy, but you can only watch a movie so many times before you start reciting it verbatim!
Back in November of 2012, I had come across articles about Desert Bus for Hope raising a ton of money just a few weeks prior. I'd heard of the organization, but hadn't really thought about doing something similar. But for whatever reason, I decided I was going to do something similar. After contacting Gillette Children's Hospital and getting them connected with Child's Play, I was able to start planning my own event. It's taken a while, but I'm proud of what I've accomplished.
Where does the money go?
Child's play is awesome in this regard. They take all the funds raised and use the Children's Hospitals and Clinics' Amazon wish list to purchase toys, books, and games for the hospital. Since Child's Play is a non profit organization, your donation is also tax deductible. Check out their FAQ for more information.
That's really awesome! When can I start donating?
Right now, actually. We have a donation widget set up that you can give money right now. If you do donate before Miracle Gears actually starts, you can help decide our fate from the beginning! When you donate, please put "do the tutorial" or "don't do the tutorial" in the comment field. Whichever choice raises the most money, decides our course of action when we begin at noon on July 18, 2014. Click on the Miracle Gears logo on the right to donate right now!