12-Year-Old Triumphs over Rare Medical Condition; Receives Wish to Visit ROBLOX Headquarters
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — ROBLOX, the #2 ranked site on the Internet for kids, announced today it was pleased to work with Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Greater Bay Area and Michigan Chapters to grant the wish of 12-year-old Chase. Chase, who has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments and surgical procedures for the past year, travelled from Michigan to see his wish come true. Chase says, “I have been through some rough patches, but when I play ROBLOX I get to be part of the normal world. I can hang out with my friends online and can still play and build just like everyone else.”
“We are honored that Chase chose a visit to ROBLOX for his wish. There are few things more gratifying than receiving a request to make a wish come true. As always, we are in awe of the work that Make-A-Wish and their amazing organization does and will always welcome the opportunity to be a part of its efforts,” said Dave Baszucki, CEO and Founder of ROBLOX Corporation.
Chase was diagnosed in early 2010 with Ewing’s Sarcoma, which is a malignant (cancerous) bone tumor that affects children. As a result of his medical condition, Chase underwent a series of treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy and medications. During his long hospital visits, Chase played ROBLOX and developed an interest and passion for technology and, as a result, hopes to one day pursue a career as a game developer or programmer. Currently, Chase is doing much better, his medical condition has improved and he no longer has to undergo chemotherapy or other medical treatments.
When his parents were introduced to Make-A-Wish by a nurse at the hospital, Chase jumped at the opportunity to visit ROBLOX and meet some of his favorite in-game characters. His ROBLOX visit included a pizza party lunch with “famous” ROBLOX staff members, building and scripting tips for his virtual worlds, a session to design a virtual hat with a ROBLOX employee, a Domino Crown (virtual hat), and a ROBLOX t-shirt.
His parents are happy to support his gaming hobby. Like other ROBLOX parents, they see the value in their children building, creating, becoming entrepreneurs, and even learning scripting, which is a skill they could use later in life as a developer. “It’s a clean, non-violent site that fosters creativity,” says Chase’s dad.
ROBLOX is the #2 ranked kid’s site on the Internet. With over 7.2 million unique visitors each month, ROBLOX is unique among gaming sites because users are the architects of their own worlds. ROBLOX is a massively multi-player 3D game environment with tens of thousands of games that use physics to simulate the real world, and a virtual economy with millions of highly customized characters. Players on ROBLOX demonstrate incredible creativity limited only by their imagination, using core building components to create their own elaborate online games, social hangouts, and custom virtual items. For more information, visit www.roblox.com
About The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. During its first year of operation, in 1984, the Foundation granted 27 wishes. Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, the Greater Bay Area chapter grants over 300 wishes per year and has granted over 5,800 wishes to date. The chapter covers 17 Northern California counties. The goal of the Foundation is to grant a wish to every eligible child in its territory. Anyone can suggest a child for a wish. For more information, please call 415/982-9474 or visit www.SFWish.org .
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