Taylor, Jim, and Pat Christen (President of HopeLab)
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.
Pam speaks about our process of seeking direct input from kids
John Maeda offers his perspective on the topic