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PAST PATIENT DONATES PORTABLE GAMING CART TO CLEVELAND CLINIC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
As the holiday season begins, Ryan “Fwiz” Wyatt is making a great effort to give back to the Cleveland Clinic. In partnership with Gamer’s Outreach, a nonprofit organization that works to use interactive entertainment in ways that improve the lives of others, Wyatt will be donating a portable gaming cart to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital.
Wyatt, born and raised in Ohio, now resides in California and is the head of eSports at Machinima, the number one video entertainment network for gamers around the world. He successfully raised over $3,800 in 6 hours to fund the cart’s construction specifically for the donation to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital.
The idea of “Project GO Kart” holds a special place in Wyatt’s heart, as he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of ten. He had hospitalizations at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and received on going care at their pediatric GI until through his college years. Wyatt has significant memories of having to sign up and wait for his time to play games on a Super Nintendo system.
“I want to give back to the facility that took such good care of me for so many years while I was battling Crohn’s Disease,” Wyatt says. “Dr. Robert Wylie was my initial physician who diagnosed me, and the staff in the pediatric IV clinic was amazing. It’s a small way to show my gratitude and provide a new source of time passing entertainment to kids going through similar treatments that I underwent.”
According to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Crohn’s Disease affects as many as 700,000 Americans. While the disease can occur at any age, it is most prevalent among adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 35.
Gamers Outreach works with medical supply companies to create these “GO Karts” portable video game kiosks. Hospital staff members are able to easily transport video games and other sources of entertainment to patients who have a limited amount of access to activities outside of their room. GO Karts provide a source of relief and entertainment to children who may be going through long-term hospital stays or frequent treatments similar to Wyatt’s experience.
Wyatt will be delivering the GO Kart to the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital on Monday, November 25th. He plans to continue doing a charity marathon every year in order to donate additional portable gaming carts to the hospital.