For 17-year-old Samuel, playing video games is more than just a hobby. Gaming has been a significant part of his life since he was a little kid.
Samuel is a bright teenager who leads a very busy life. Not only does he attend high school and take college classes, he also lives with cystic fibrosis. Samuel’s medical condition makes it hard for him to breathe, so he is unable to play a lot of physical sports. All of his treatments can take up to four hours a day. At times, dealing with cystic fibrosis is a lot for him to handle, especially since he’s already pushing himself to further his education.
That’s why Samuel was thrilled to have an opportunity that any gamer could only dream of. He wished to visit Riot Games, creators of the game “League of Legends.”
In Samuel's spare time, he enjoys playing video games with his family and friends.
He even uses video games to pass the time during breathing treatments, and to connect with family members across the country.
Often times, he’ll play video games to keep in touch with his uncle in Texas. “Video games have always been a tradition in my household and a way to stay connected,” he said.
When Samuel learned that he was going to Riot Games, he was beyond excited. Aside from meeting professional League of Legends players, there was another surprise in store.
Samuel got to create his own character, thanks to a generous donation from gaming commentator and critic John Bain. Bain won a “Design a Champion Prize” for referring more than 10,000 new players to the game and decided to donate his prize to Samuel. “I didn’t use the prize for myself because I saw it as an opportunity to make someone very happy,” Bain said. “I wish Samuel all of the best in his fight.”
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Samuel created a champion named Kadarin. When asked to describe Kadarin, Samuel said, “Just picture Kadarin as a bounty hunter from outer space.”
The trip to Riot Games was not only a wonderful experience for Samuel, it also sparked an interest in pursuing a career in the game design field. “This wish has given me motivation to push myself even more in school, so I can reach my career goal of designing my own games one day,” he said.
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Special thanks to Riot Games, Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles, John Bain and wish-granting volunteers Ken Kieffer and Paul Mader.