Every year I take part in the Gamer for Cures 24-hour board game marathon held at the Gamer’s Armory in Cary. Each year we hang out and play games all day and night while trying to best our previous donation to the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States, which strives to support families affected by Turner Syndrome along with raising awareness & providing education to healthcare providers, social workers, & educators.
Turner Syndrome is a chromosomal disorder affecting approximately 1 in 2000-2500 girls and women in the US. The condition is the result of the absence of all or part of one of the X chromosomes, and results in short stature and a loss of ovarian function causing affected women to often end up receiving growth hormone and/or hormone replacement therapy. The condition is associated with heart abnormalities, hearing issues, hypothyroidism, kidney and urinary tract abnormalities, spatial or visual learning challenges, and other potential health problems or conditions.
I take part in this event every single year because of Lauren, an amazing young woman & gamer who happens to have Turner Syndrome. She’s the reason why I’m writing this post begging for money – please consider donating on our FirstGiving page. And if you are generous and donate, include a comment with my name as there is a friendly but fierce competition over who can raise the most funds. If you do decide that you don’t want to donate in my name, consider one of these other fine marathoners – Chris Mitchell, Chris Mosley, Drew Hicks, Eric Booth, or Eric Handler.