Gaming 4 Leukemia
Fight for a cure, Play for a cure!
This idea began from one young man's dream to help children who are experiencing the troubles of leukemia and help the parents of these young warriors understand more of exactly what is happening. That young man is named Jonah Peace, one of three co-creators of this spectacular cause. Along with Katie Yetzer and Lincoln Hulbert, the three of us shot off on a idea to combine an extremely popular past time, playing video games, and raising money to help these children and parents. Our goal is to host a non-profit event locally to raise money for the foundation we support during our event. All proceeds would go to the named foundation after paying for the rent and the hired parties and merchandise. We are always welcome to sponsors and donations. If you would like to contact us for information, event times, event areas, prices, donations, sponsors or for any other reason, please visit the "Contact" section of the website. Thank you.
Currently, we reside in Manatee County, Florida and are preparing the first ever event for Gaming 4 Leukemia. There is a lot of work ahead of us, but we are up for the challenge.
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What is leukemia?
Leukemia is cancer of the blood cells. It starts in the bone marrow, the soft tissue inside most bones which is where blood cells are made.
When you have leukemia, the bone marrow starts to make a lot of abnormal white blood cells, called leukemia cells. They don't do the work of normal white blood cells, they grow faster than normal cells, and they don't stop growing when they should.
Over time, leukemia cells can crowd out the normal blood cells. This can lead to serious problems such as anemia, bleeding, and infections. Leukemia cells can also spread to the lymph nodes or other organs and cause swelling or pain.
Are there different types of leukemia?
Yes there is, there are four main types of leukemia. They are:
A.L.L - Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
A.M.L. - Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
C.L.L. - Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
C.M.L. - Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia
What causes leukemia?
Experts don't know what causes leukemia. But some things are known to increase the risk of some kinds of leukemia. These things are called risk factors. You are more likely to get leukemia if you:
Were exposed to large amounts of radiation.
Were exposed to certain chemicals at work, such as benzene.
Had some types of chemotherapy to treat another cancer.
Have Down syndrome or some other genetic problems.
Does leukemia only occur in children?
No, it can occur in adults as well. For children, the most common forms of Leukemia are A.L.L, A.M.L and C.H.L.
In adults, the most common forms are C.L.L. and A.M.L.
What are the common Symptoms?
Symptoms may depend on what type of leukemia you have, but common symptoms include:
Fever and night sweats.
Bruising or bleeding easily.
Bone or joint pain.
A swollen or painful belly from an enlarged spleen.
Swollen lymph nodes in the armpit, neck, or groin.
Getting a lot of infections.
Feeling very tired or weak.
Losing weight and not feeling hungry.
What if I or a family member display these symptoms?
Do not attempt to self-diagnose, if you suspect yourself or a close friend/relative to have leukemia, please contact your local physician.