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Gamers Raising Money for Charity through Gaming Marathons

I received a very interesting email recently from Cody, who goes by the name of Ninboycl in our chat room. He wanted to let me know about a very cool charity. I like the idea behind it so much, I had to pass it on for all of you to check out.

I am a follower of this group called TheSpeedGamers. They play video game marathons for charities that are in their area, and are in need of money. They have done a few of these marathons, but there are a few problems. They’re having a hard time getting publicity for the marathons, seemingly because they are promoting it for charities that aren’t well-known. They tried many times to gain publicity on well-known sites with high traffic. I was just wondering maybe you could mention them in one of your videos or blogs to possibly get more viewers for their upcoming 72 hour Metroid Marathon for St. Judes cancer fund starting on Friday, August 15 at 6pm CST. It would be great for publicity for upcoming marathons… and to boost their donations. I thought I would ask you as I know almost 80% of your audience (including me) are gamers, and it would be great if they could see this.

Cody, I am more than happy to pass along information about this wonderful group of gamers. Now THIS is what community is all about. TheSpeedGamers do gaming marathons to raise money for various charities. In their first marathon they raised $1090 for St. Jude. The second marathon they raised $1355 for Giggles Therapy, one of their local Autism organizations.

Keep up the great work, everyone. And to all of you reading this post… why not do what you can to help raise money for St. Jude’s? It’s an amazing organization, helping thousands of children every year.

Derek Miller's Cancer Story

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Derek is your typical Gnomedex geek, and last year wrote the Gnomedex theme song. Unfortunately, he could not join us in person this year. Instead, he comes to us from his bed… where he likes being a floating head on a screen.

Derek Miller is not only a Geek and a funny guy… he is a man of great strength and courage. Earlier this year, at the age of only 38, he was diagnosed with Colon Cancer. Most men are never even tested for this disease until they reach age 50 or so. After a small surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, and then a large surgery… the cancer has metastasized into small tumors in his lungs. Unfortunately, Derek has lost around 50 pounds, and cannot go through chemo again until he gains some weight. Since his health isn’t what it should be… and he wears out so easily… we were able to set up a live feed for him to talk to us from his home. Yes, he really was in his bed!

I don’t know that I could be as strong and positive as what Derek is. I am a very “out there” person, always putting myself in public, so to speak. However, I’m not sure I could talk about what was happening to my life and my body as Derek has. He has blogged all the way through his illness. A point Derek makes during the interview is that “the Internet does not isolate you or make you a hermit. It does the exact opposite. Because of the Internet… and my blog, specifically… I have gotten support, sympathy and advice from people I would have never gotten to come into contact with otherwise”. By blogging all the details, not only has he gained that network of support, he has also been able to spread awareness of what Colon Cancer is (and the importance of listening to your body when something isn’t quite right), and also to keep his family and friends up-to-date on his progress.

Thankfully, Derek hasn’t let the cancer become him, nor has he become “The Cancer Patient”. Instead, he does what he can to keep living his life. He watches a tv show, goes out when he is strong enough, and writes in his blog. He also produces free podsafe instrumentals. It’s crucial when you are facing an illness such as this that you don’t let your entire life be consumed by the disease, the treatments, the doctors.

I know I speak for all of the Gnomedex attendees… and probably every person who reads one of my sites or watches this video… when I say our hearts, thoughts, prayers and wishes are with you and your family, Derek.

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Spam is Cancer: Cancer Spam?

Not sure why I’m suddenly starting to get junk email about metastatic colorectal cancer, but… is there an epidemic I don’t know about?

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with metastatic colorectal cancer (MCRC) you might want to take some time to learn as much as you can about this condition and how to stay actively involved through the course of treatment. Facing MCRC is a program that provides you with access to reliable information about colorectal cancer and its treatment options. Facing MCRC can also help you talk with your doctor and care team about your condition and ways to manage your treatment and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Normally, I wouldn’t see this kind of junk mail – but I’ve been relying on Outlook’s lackluster spam filter (instead of my trusty SpamBayes). Dunno. I understand getting spam about lifestyle pills and whatnot, but isn’t spam about cancer taking it a bit too far?