Bloodborne Livestream to Help Shelly Beat Cancer Wrap Up

I wanted to update everyone on my livestream effort that took place over the weekend of March 5th, 2016. To catch people up to speed, my friend, Shelly, was diagnosed with colon cancer recently. She is scheduled to have her colon removed for further analysis to determine what stage the cancer is. Best case scenario, the cancer stayed within the colon. Worst case, the cancer spread and they begin chemo.

Shelly has suffered illnesses throughout her life due to an almost non existent immune system. She also has Crohns. She has also never asked for help before. This time she and her husband have asked for a helping hand. This is why I was livestreaming Bloodborne. I streamed for as long as I could (came out to be about 17-18 hours over Saturday and Sunday) to raise some donations for their GoFundMe Page.  I wrote down the amount that the GoFundMe already had and then I took down the amount at the end of my stream. I also saw a few more donations come in afterward that came from good friends of mine. I am so proud of the GeekyFriedRice community. We have raised approximately $1,930.00 for Shelly and her husband. HOLY FRAGGLESNAPS.

I saw donations come in from everywhere: people who personally knew me, people from mutual communities and some from people who had never met neither myself or Shelly. I am absolutely floored by your kindness and generosity. Shelly also stopped by for a bit on Saturday to talk to the people in the livestream so they could “meet” who they were donating to and it was a surreal experience. At one point in her visit, we refreshed the GoFundMe page and saw the number increase and she just pointed at my computer in surprise. She couldn’t believe how many people donated to help her. And I told her it was worth it, she was worth it, and that I loved her. She gave me a big hug and it was an even sweeter moment because the chat was sharing that with us.

And I will openly admit that I could not have done this without you guys. So many people shared this news and so many people stayed with me while I streamed. I had a good 30-40 viewers at all times during the stream on Saturday. I am humbled. My twitter feed blew up with retweets and supportive replies and responses and I even found support from fellow Twitch streamers who hosted, raided and shared my channel to their audiences. They are all awesome and I encourage you to check them out:

SailorTweek (Thanks for keeping people entertained while I had dinner, lady!)

TheMaddyMonster

MrTraxxyTrax 

Biggest_of_Plays

Shadow_Voltrune

JoshWam

You guys helped out so much. I will forever be grateful for what you guys have done to help spread the word about Shelly’s story. All of you didn’t have to do anything, but you did and it means so, so much to me and Shelly.

To everyone who shared her page, donated, stayed with us during the stream, kept us fed (shoutout to Jordan Lucas for the pizza support), this weekend was amazing because of you. Shelly has a big surgery on the 18th, so all your well wishes, positive thoughts/prayers are appreciated.

If you want to see updates on Shelly, her GoFundMe is here  and she occasionally updates her Instagram.

 

You can catch my livestreams here.

I will continue to stream and bring as much awareness as I can to Shelly’s GoFundMe, but I just wanted to let you all know how special this last weekend was to me. You guys are amazing, and you are the heart of this community. Thank you. From the bottom of our hearts.

Less than three you.

Livestreaming Bloodborne to help a friend beat cancer

I was going to do a write-up on Bloodborne as I completed the game a couple weeks ago, but since then, I received some distressing news from a very dear friend. Shelly and I have been friends since about 8th grade, and while we drifted apart after graduation, we reconnected about five years ago. I was ecstatic to find that we had similar interests in video games, cosplay and shared a common love of the geeky culture. I was also very saddened to learn that she had many medical ailments including Crohn’s disease, iron deficiency and a very weak immune system. When we would plan some outings, there would be times when she couldn’t make it simply because she was too weak to leave her home. Even through all that, she still managed to help me with a couple video collaborative projects and she made time for me when she could.

She has never complained about her condition. She never blamed anyone else for them and has never projected any negative feelings in general regarding them. With her, it was always about living life to the fullest and never taking anything for granted. She has always placed others before her, and I believe, is the very definition of altruism. Very recently, she found out that she had colon cancer. You know what she did? She shed a ton of tears, she informed family and friends, and then she went out and voted because what happens in her country matters to her. She and her husband are currently traveling to Ohio to seek treatment in the medical facilities there and as of today, they are waiting for results from numerous biopsies to determine if more surgeries are needed or if they will go straight to chemo.

I want to help her. Every year, I participate in video game related charity livestreams to raise donations for sick children and their families. This time, I will be livestreaming for someone close to my heart and I will be featuring her gofundme page on my channel. I don’t have a lot of money, but what I can do is entertain people and bring awareness to what is going on in her life.

Why Bloodborne? As I said, I completed the game not too long ago, and I told myself that I wouldn’t play it again because it was set at a level of difficulty that was pretty devastating to my psyche. I know how that sounds. But when you play something over and over and over again and you fail at it over and over and over again, it begins to affect you. I don’t know how I managed to beat it, but I did and that was quite an accomplishment for me. I was quite proud of that, but I said that I would shelve Bloodborne for the foreseeable future. And then I read about Shelly’s update. As weird as this sounds, Bloodborne seems like the perfect game to play for something like this. No matter how angry and upset I will be at the game, those feelings pale in comparison to what Shelly is experiencing. To me, that is fantastic motivation to livestream as long as I can. If she’s going to battle cancer, then I can take on a video game to help her in her fight.

Thank you to everyone who has shared Shelly’s page and/or donated. Seeing people come together to help her has warmed my heart. There aren’t enough words to express how grateful I am, how thankful she is. I text her a few times over the last couple days, and she cried several times because she is in disbelief that so many people who don’t know her are willing to help and support her. You guys are wonderful. I hope to see you this weekend.

Kicking cancer’s ass livestream starts March 5, 2016 at 9am PST

Twitch.tv/geekyfriedrice

You can donate here: gofundme.com/shellylarson

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