Kids "Battle" Cancer at Launch of Video Game

June 28, 2004
News Office: Janet Basu (415) 502-6397

UCSF Children's Hospital and the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation partner with Eric Johnston of LucasArts to launch "Ben's Game" at www.makewish.org/ben.

Kids can "battle" cancer with a free computer game, the "wish" of 9-year-old leukemia patient Ben Duskin of Greenbrae, California.

Ben Duskin, 9 years old, is in remission from leukemia. Throughout his course of treatment at UCSF Children's Hospital, Ben played computer games and began to think about the need to have something positive to help others kids battle their illnesses. Ben asked Make-A-Wish to help him design a video game that would help kids like him with cancer find a way to fight back and relieve some of the pain and stress involved with treatment. Eric Johnston of LucasFilm volunteered to help and they created the game together.

At 11 am, on Tuesday, June 29 at the Pediatric Treatment Center at San Francisco's UCSF Children's Hospital, 400 Parnassus Ave., the latest version of "Ben's Game" will be unveiled and made available to young patients currently receiving treatment at the center.

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