Gen Con and Make-A-Wish Join To Grant First-of-its-Kind Wish
On Monday, July 29th, Gen Con and the Make-A-Wish Foundation announced a “First-Of-It’s-Kind Wish” for the 2019 Edition of Gen Con.
In the statement, event organizers announced that twelve-year-old Drake Kiderlen of Troy, MO, who is battling a pineal parenchymal tumor (a rare tumor that affects the central nervous system), will attend Gen Con this year on an all-expenses-paid trip with members of his family. Drake’s wish will be the first time a wish is granted at Gen Con.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Drake and his family to Gen Con to experience gaming and all that our convention has to offer,” said David Hoppe, Gen Con President. “We are honored to work with Make-A-Wish to give Drake the best four days of gaming, and to make his trip to Indianapolis a memorable event.”
Drake, who will celebrate his thirteenth birthday on Friday, August 2nd during the convention, will see, learn, and play as he takes in the more than 520 exhibiting game companies, hundreds of newly released games, and choice of 18,000 ticketed events during the four-day convention in the Indiana Convention Center.
When he was asked what his wish would be, Drake told Make-A-Wish that he wanted more than anything else to go to Gen Con to play Dungeon & Dragons, and learn about new board games.
To top it all off, or to kick it all off, organizers announced that Drake will kick off Gen Con by assisting Gen Con co-owner Peter Adkison in the annual Roll of the Dice, which officially opens the convention on Thursday, August 1st at 10 AM. He is also scheduled for several games and events of his choosing, including Foam Weapon Fighting, D&D and other role-playing games, a board game event, and a fantasy-themed improv comedy show.
Game On, Drake! Game On!