Michael Mairs, the student fundraising via video games to help fight childhood cancer.

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UNT Student Raising Money For Cancer Fight By Playing Video Games

May 31, 2019 - 1:04 pm
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By Monique Bird for 1080 KRLD

In front of a green screen in his dorm room, University of North Texas freshman Michael Mairs is raising money for kids fighting cancer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Mairs is part of St. Jude PLAY LIVE. One of hundreds of gamers raising money for St. Jude, and he got to visit and tells all of his followers the experience for him was life-changing.

“I got to walk the hallways and see the smiles on the kids’ faces,” said Mairs. “When you think of hospitals, people think of it as just kind of like sad, gloomy. But St. Jude was like a family, it really was. And people were happy and laughing and smiling even though there were so many hardships happening in that facility.”

He learned that St. Jude needs $2.8 million a day to operate, so Mairs is putting the fun in fundraising.

“Even a small donation can make a difference,” said Mairs, who is majoring in communication studies. “$3 can pay for a surgical face mask for the hospital, and $25 allows St. Jude to throw a “No More Chemo” party for kids who’ve finished treatment.”

“If someone donates a hundred dollars and does this, I will pie myself in the face,” said Mairs. “So if you guys want to see me get pied in the face, that’s an option.”

His goal is to raise at least $10,000. 

Online: Video Gaming For Charity