In a world where traveling, adventures, and seeing friends and family has been more limited than ever, Eva, a professional streamer, has used gaming as a way to connect with people not only in the Netherlands, where she lives, but also all over the world.
When Eva was twelve years old, her father passed away after a three-month battle with lung cancer. She decided to dedicate her 26th birthday to hosting an 8-hour charity livestream for the Jimmy Fund through their new initiative, Jimmy Fund Let’s GameSM. The program empowers the gaming community to raise critical funds for the lifesaving cancer research and patient care at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Participants can broadcast themselves playing their favorite video games, while encouraging viewers to donate to the Jimmy Fund. Eva felt that hosting the fundraiser would be a great way to honor her late father.
“Fourteen years after my dad’s death, it’s still difficult to talk about and comprehend,” Eva said. “Even though I was so young when my dad died, I think the number one thing I took away from his sickness was the value of laughter. Keeping my dad laughing and distracting him from his illness, just for a minute, was so important for us both.”
Eva thought cancer care and research would be a cause many of her viewers would connect with, given cancer’s widespread reach.
“Being able to host a gaming stream to raise money for such an important cause means very much to me,” Eva said. “I hope that more people will learn about streaming for the Jimmy Fund, because every dollar counts.”
We are so grateful for our Jimmy Fund Let’s Game streamers, like Eva, who fundraise on their own time for our patients and their families. To learn more about how you can create your own stream, or about the Jimmy Fund Let’s Game program, please visit: Jimmy Fund Let’s Game.