In 2009, a close friend of ours was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenuous Leukemia, a form of cancer that required an extensive stay in a local children's hospital. With the inability to walk or even stand, his activity was limited. His only escape from the stark reality he faced was plugging in his PS2 and escaping to a world with more adventure than his.
Gamers Gift is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization created by high school students that aim to use video games and other electronic media to alleviate some of the psychological stress caused by prolonged hospital stays, loneliness, poverty, or any other unfortunate circumstances one might face.
We use virtual reality systems to provide once in a life experiences to children in the hospital, elderly in assisted living, and disabled individuals.
With these virtual reality systems, individuals unable to walk, see, or experience the world are able to choose 3D virtual experiences like scuba diving or landing on the moon.
Not only do we benefit members in our community, we also teach students leadership roles and compassion that will impact their lives forever.