Cody Thompson is trekking over 3,000 miles across the US to raise money for Child's Play, a gaming industry charity that gives toys and games to children in need. The path has been in the planning process for months, and Thompson will be traveling across North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. He's currently raising money here, planning to raise $8,000 for the journey, while anything remaining will go to the organization. The hike should take roughly eight months.
Cody is also a devoted gamer, and he's taking his 3DS along for the journey, planning to pop it open every night after a long day of hard work. Imagine all of the Play Coins and Streetpasses he's going to accumulate over the eight month endeavor!
IGN interviewed Thompson on his incoming escapade. Here's what he said on the subject.
“I’ve spent months on the planning, now I’m a few weeks out from setting off, so it’s a good time to start talking about this and raising some funds for Child’s Play. I’m seeking about $8,000 to fund the costs of the journey and everything else is for the kids. The sky’s the limit. But however much I get, I’m doing this."
“When I was a kid I had an eye disease and the doctor actually advised that I get a games machine to strengthen my eye muscles. My parents bought me an Atari 2600. I wasn’t hospitalized, but games helped me. They had a beneficial impact. They helped me to see and I think that Child’s Play is wonderful, what they do. Kids in hospital need escapism as much as anybody.”
“I’ve been saving up games. I have Paper Mario, Professor Layton and Fire Emblem planned, so that’s something to look forward to at the end of every day.” — Cody Thompson
I'm happy to see someone proving society's stereotypes on gamers wrong. Thompson seems to be an incredibly generous person, and his daunting charity trek shows the industry has a heart. Bravo Mr. Thompson! I will be contributing to Child's Play in the near future.