While we have heard of handheld devices such as the iPhone or iPad being used as part of therapy programs for children with cerebral palsy, an actual game being developed to raise money for a child with a birth injury is a new – and to us – fantastic idea.
According to the video game publication Gamepro, mobile developer Big Ideas Digital has launched a charity drive involving one of its iPhone games – Say What You See: The Collection – to raise money for a 5-year-old girl born with spastic dyplegic cerebral palsy.
Grace Windram was diagnosed with the birth injury – which affects muscle control in the legs, arms, mouth, and tongue – after she was born prematurely in 2006. After undergoing treatments, she still is unable to walk. There was hope that this could change after Grace was accepted to receive intense physiotherapy that could teach her to walk at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
However, the price tag for the complicated procedure (approximately $68,000) presented a road block. Grace’s parents would have to raise money so they could afford the medical bills. Enter, Big Ideas Digital.
The mobile game developer launched a charity drive in September, selling a 99 cent update to their iPhone game consisting of a new level (called “Grace’s Tunes”) in which the user has to find 50 well-known cartoon names in a Road Runner-themed backdrop
In eight weeks, the drive has raised approximately $30,000, more than enough to help the Windrams start to pay for the procedure.
“We will be eternally grateful for the generous support that Big Ideas has given Grace’s Fund,” said Helen Windram, Grace’s mother.
Medical costs can escalate quickly if you are caring for a child with a birth injury such as cerebral palsy. Speak to a birth injury lawyer at American Law Partners today to learn more about possibly pursuing a lawsuit that could result in a monetary settlement to fund medical care for your child in the years to come.