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Making A Difference: Man Makes Virtual Reality Games To Help Pediatric Cancer Patients

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LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) A pediatric cancer patient's reality is harsh, but one man is on a mission to change that using virtual reality.

"We can create a game that's really simple. Short spurts of entertainment, that will really block out their hospital environment," said Nathan Stevens with the UK College of Communications.

Stevens is calling the game, 'Arcadian Dream'.

He's in the process of raising money to launch this project here in Kentucky before offering it free of charge across the nation.

"It's a nonprofit move and we just want to make kids quality of life better," Stevens said. 

The goal is to make chemotherapy sessions a bit more tolerable.

"The games were built to be short stints, like traditional arcade games in the 80's. Where you go in, play 15 minutes at most, and you're out," he said.

Kids can use virtual reality to briefly escape a harsh reality with the games.

Stevens has had family members battle cancer which is a big reason he hatched this idea.

"Make somebody's life who's going through a really tough situation, just a little bit better," he said. "Get them to concentrate on something and distract them everything going on."

Stevens needs donations for his gaming project and has a goal of raising $20,000 so he can launch in December. If you'd like to help him reach that goal, click here. 

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