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Gaming for Good [Updated] 

Published October 21, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

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Noah in front of his favorite thing: an ambulance.
  • Noah in front of his favorite thing: an ambulance.
His mom, Amy Cohen, has always encouraged Noah to put his medical challenges in perspective. "Part of our family culture is just wanting to be sure that Noah recognizes that there are other people who have gone through just as much as he has, and there are some who have it worse." 

The family had recently started fundraising for the hospital when Amy heard about Extra Life. When she told her son about it, he thought it sounded awesome.  

Noah, who started gaming during a long hospital stay last year, likes the Sims games, which simulate real-life situations. But he especially loves medical games such as Emergency Room: Heroic Measures, in which the player gets to experience what it's like to be a paramedic. "He has a fascination with ambulances," says Amy. "He'd like to be an EMT when he grows up."

Though Amy admits she's ambivalent about her son's newfound love of gaming, she says Heroic Measures has taught him a surprising amount of medical knowledge and improved his fine-motor skills.

How did an eight-year-old manage to rustle up so much cash?

"He’s definitely not shy," says his mom. "He’s been telling everyone he knows about the fundraiser and asking them if they’ll sponsor him."

Amy has been trying to convince Noah that because he's younger than most of the other Extra Life participants, he should split up the 24 hours of gaming over the weekend. But Noah insists on playing the full day, just like everyone else. His argument? "It's for the kids!"  

Many of the Vermont participants will be gaming at Tilt Classic Arcade and Ale House in South Burlington from 8 a.m., Saturday, October 25, to 8 a.m., Sunday, October 26. Want to get involved? Sign up to participate and/or donate here

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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About The Author

Megan James

Megan James

Megan James began writing for Seven Days in 2010, first as Associate Arts Editor. She later became an editor for Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT, and is currently a freelance contributor.


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