We have an exciting announcement to make: Nick’s Marathon 2013 will be raising money exclusively for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island!
Every year, we play video games for 48 hours straight to raise money for charity in the name of Nicholas Capobianco, an avid gamer who battled cancer as a young child and again in his twenties, when the disease ultimately took his life. Working with this particular Ronald McDonald House is a perfect fit for us, because Nick actually participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony when the House first opened in 1986.
Ronald McDonald Houses give comfort and shelter to families experiencing the pain of having a sick child in local hospitals. They are literally a “home away from home” and they provide the parents and siblings of these sick children with a temporary haven in a secure and comfortable environment. Specifically, the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island has just completed extensive renovations, and we have seen firsthand just how beautiful the new facility is. The playroom is fantastic, the guest rooms are uniquely themed, and the common areas are all warm and inviting. The House has certainly come a long way in the 27 years since Nick first arrived there. But there’s still one thing they need: new video-game systems.
When sick children and their families stay at the House, they are often looking for distractions; something to take their minds off of their health problems. Escaping into a video-game is a fantastic way to make that happen, something Nick understood all too well. That’s why this year, Nick’s Marathon will be donating a range of new video-game consoles and handheld systems to the House – just in time for the holidays.
You can do your part: just click here and make a tax-deductible donation to support the Marathon. Every little bit helps!
Remember to come back here to nicksmarathon.org from November 22nd through November 24th to watch us play 48 hours of video-games for a fantastic cause!