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September 20, 2004

20 Sep
A recent article in People Magazine tells of a marvelous, cancer-fighting video game created by a young boy - an avid gamer who had gone into remission from leukemia - with the help of The Make-a-Wish Foundation and a very cool programmer from Lucas Films..
Hello again.

Someone on the AGI uselist apprised us all of a recent article in People Magazine about a marvelous, cancer-fighting video game created by a young boy - an avid gamer who had gone into remission from leukemia - with the help of The Make-a-Wish Foundation and a very cool programmer from Lucas Films. It’s quite ingenious, downloadable and FREE. Here’s what she wrote:

I came across a wonderful story in People Magazine about Ben Durskin, who was 5 when diagnosed with leukemia. He played video games during his recovery and then wanted to invent a video game for other kids with cancer. Through the Make-a- Wish organization, staff from Lucas Films helped him design "Ben''s game". Here''s an excerpt from the website, which is at http://www.makewish.org/ben .

ABOUT BEN''S GAME
The object of the game is to destroy all mutated cells and to collect the seven shields that provide protection from common side effects of chemotherapy. The shields are guarded by a "monster":
  • Colds - Iceman Monster
  • Barf - Robarf Monster
  • Chicken Pox - Big Chicken Monster
  • Fever - Firemonster
  • Bleeding - Vamp Monster
  • Hair Loss - Qball Monster
  • Rash - Tornado Monster

Three health levels serve as ammunition in the game:
  • Health you get from the hospital
  • Ammo you get from the pharmacy
  • Attitude you get from home

Do check this out - and send a link to kids you know (or their parents) who could use this terrific resource.

(And even though I wouldn’t use this game as a substitute for good, old-fashioned, internally-based, eyes-closed, attention-turned-inward, imagination-driven, guided imagery, it’s a fabulous complement to it, using different parts of the brain and body, to effect healing.)

Don’t forget to check the calendar at http://www.healthjourneys.com/events.asp for upcoming events. In October I’ll be in Indianapolis, Raleigh-Durham, East Brunswick, NJ, San Diego and Pacific Grove, CA. Then, in November, I’ll be speaking in Toronto, Oklahoma City and Bethesda. So maybe I’ll see you in one of these places.

Take care and be well,
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award