Battling cancer is not easy. With the Re-Mission video game, HopeLab is helping teens and young adults with cancer as they engage in the fight of their lives. The game is a powerful tool for patients, as well as the caregivers who support them, and we’re working to spread the word.
Every spring, HopeLab attends a number of conferences to talk to people who work directly with young people with cancer. These conferences include doctors, nurses, social workers and child life specialists who have dedicated themselves to helping young patients fight their cancer. Robin Avant, HopeLab’s Manager of Special Projects, is our ambassador in this important work. (See her in action above). This year, Robin attended the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers in Tennessee and the Child Life Conference in Boston, MA, where she introduced hundreds of health care providers to Re-Mission. Robin educates conference attendees on the research demonstrating the effectiveness of Re-Mission in helping young cancer patients stick to their treatments and lets them know how to obtain free copies of the game. The Re-Mission information card distributed at these conferences (see above images) features one of the many young patients whose lives have been improved through their experience with the game.
Every day young people are newly diagnosed with cancer, and we want to be sure that health care providers know that Re-Mission is available free of charge to their patients. Your donations help us provide Re-Mission to these dedicated men and women and the young people they serve.
Thank you for your support of our work to make Re-Mission available to young cancer patients all over the world.
Earlier this month, HopeLab was honored to be given the opportunity to present the impact that the Re-Mission video game has had on the lives of kids with cancer at the annual TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Long Beach, Calif. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Pioneer Portfolio hosted a special lunch event on games for health at the conference featuring some amazing thinkers and doers, including our very own.
At the event, Pam Omidyar, HopeLab founder and board chair, joined John Maeda, President of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), in a discussion about approaching health as a design challenge. Pam shared HopeLab’s experience with Re-Mission, and we had the privilege of having Taylor Carol, a young patient who played Re-Mission during his treatment, and his dad, Jim, attend the event.
Taylor is a leukemia survivor now in full remission. He was first introduced to Re-Mission when he was diagnosed and played it during his treatment for the six months of his hospital stay. Taylor’s story continues to inspire the work HopeLab is doing to improve the game to increase the efficacy and fun factor for young people with cancer. It’s stories like Taylor’s, and our focus on measuring the impact of our work through research, that keep us moving in the right direction.
We were thrilled to share our work at TED. And we’re honored to know that Re-Mission is a leading example of technology that’s positively transforming the lives of young people.
For our work in cancer and obesity, HopeLab has been named one of Fast Company magazine’s 2009 Social Enterprises of the Year, along with eight other innovative organizations breaking new ground for the social good.
Fast Company recognizes Social Enterprises of the Year for “the kind the innovative thinking that can transform lives and change our world.” We’re thrilled to be named alongside groups whose work ranges from teen volunteerism to no-profit/no-loss drug development for the poorest of the poor -- it’s a fine list of dedicated folks doing their best to make positive (and creative) change.