“If I would let him play, he would play 24/7. He wouldn’t sleep. He would eat and play video games at the same time,” Angela, Jay’s mom said. “That’s his life and has been since he was about two.”
Jay is eight-years-old with a larger-than-life personality. Diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoblastic lymphoma, he’s been undergoing treatment for the past year at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, WA.
Angela says the day she found out Jay had cancer, it all happened so quickly. She was scared. She wanted to shut down, but she couldn’t. She had to stay strong for her child.
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and according to the American Cancer Society, about 11,060 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2019. That means 30 children and their families are receiving devastating news every single day that will change their lives forever.
Jay’s life now consists of long hospital visits, chemotherapy, feeling good one day and not the next. It’s a constant roller coaster. One thing that stays constant is his love of video games and the fun he has playing on the Starlight Fun Center.
Starlight Gaming Delivers Happiness
Our Starlight Fun Center mobile entertainment unit features a gaming console and online access to platforms like Netflix and Hulu. It can roll from the ER to a waiting room or even up to a patient’s bedside. Kids can play by themselves or enjoy gaming or watching movies and TV shows with siblings and friends. Starlight programs, including the Fun Center, are provided to our 800+ hospital partners free-of-charge.
“If they knew Jay was coming in, they would already try to have [the Fun Center] ready for him so it can be put in his room,” Angela said.
It also allows him to bond with the nurses. It’s an incentive for Jay to complete a really tough procedure and it gives him something to look forward to.
Because of the Fun Center, his mom says he’s more relaxed, more easy going, and it lets him just have fun.
Jay has a hard time walking sometimes so one of his favorite nurses, Jason, wheels the Fun Center into the room so he can enjoy it from his hospital bed. This also allows Angela some much needed respite as she catches up on all the paperwork that goes along with having a hospitalized child.
Stream for Starlight
During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we’re inviting the gaming community to stream their favorite game and hold a fundraiser on Tiltify to help us raise $50,000 to deliver video games and virtual reality to seriously ill kids. Because hospitalized kids are still just kids and kids want to play!
Create your fundraiser today so you can play for Jay and kids like him all around the US.
Maybe you don’t play video games but still want to help deliver happiness to seriously ill kids and their families? Here are six seriously fun ways to Stream for Starlight.
Because…when you play, seriously ill kids win.