Austin Young's Gaming for a Cause
The family and friends of Austin Young are uniting to raise money for Gaming for a Cause.
Austin just went to the Secretary of State's office to file for his own nonprofit. We have learned so much in the past month! Liability insurance for one...Austin has scheduled his first tournament but to continue to have them he needs to create a business..."Gaming for a Cause". the website will be launched 11-11-11. Please look for it.
Most of you know about my son's battle with cancer (Retinoblastoma) as an infant and throughout his early years. Sadly, at the end of his junior year of high school, Austin was diagnosed with another cancer, this time in the salivary gland of his neck (Rhabdomyosarcoma). An added blow was that this cancer was most likely the result of his earlier radiation treatments. This is definitely not the end of his dreams and hopes for Paralympics, college and career though. This has only postponed them. Instead of allowing this twist of fate to knock him off course, Austin has persevered and fought it head on.
Austin spent most of the summer of 2011 at UCSF Medical Center. He survived a thirteen hour surgery, and 28 radiation treatments, his chemotherapy will continue until summer of 2012. Austin has had to make many changes such as deciding to postpone his plans to volunteer for summer work in a Blind Camp. Instead, this exceptional young man, whom I am so proud to call my son, is choosing to work fundraising for the Koret Family House, a place for families of children with debilitating and life threatening diseases. Austin has had much experience staying at this home away from home, and has appreciated it as a safe haven in a world of uncertainties. After radiation and chemo treatments, Austin spent his days visiting other children with cancer and planning a way that he could give back to Family House. He was determined to return the favor and give help and support to the many other families that he has come to know and love there. He started a charity“ Gaming for a Cause” to help fundraise for the needs of families who depend so heavily on Family House and its free of charge resources. Austin made his charity official with a constitution with articles and a governing board. He then extended this fundraiser to include a club at his High School. The club was born on September 7, 2011and more than seventy students signed up to hold fundraising video game tournaments. It is developing into a reality now with several community businesses agreeing to join in and donate to the cause. Austin is still in need of donations for equipment and prizes. Any donation would be extremely helpful! All donations are tax deductible.
Austin has been very sick lately due to his immune system being so compromised. He is determined to continue and finish his senior year at Bella Vista High School though many days he is too sick to attend. We close to Austin are in awe of his strength and quiet leadership skills. He is a young man of few words yet sets a fine example by his actions and character. Such maturity in youth is seldom seen. Austin has had a wonderful, expansive life, a profound belief in God, and has dealt with his challenges not as a disability but as a reminder of life’s blessings and with optimism, generosity and gratitude. Any help you can give will be used for the sole purpose of his "Gaming for a Cause" charity and all proceeds will go to the Koret Family House. (http://familyhouseinc.org/ ). Just go the the family house web site and click on donate now.
Bonnie, Dave and Lauren