It’s a disease that effects so many people across the globe. Dementia. Gamers from the Xbox community are banding together for a worthy cause.
Starting on July 14th a group of selfless streamers, podcasters, and gamers will come together from across the community to raise awareness for Dementia via live streaming on Microsoft’s new streaming platform called Mixer. There will also be the opportunity to raise much needed funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.
I had a chance to chat with one of the event organizers, Ross Miller to learn more about the charity stream.
Mule: I have with me today Ross Miller. Ross can you tell me a little about yourself?
Ross: I’m a gamer and podcaster who is most known for my work on the Party Chat Podcast, the official podcast of the Xbox One Subreddit. I live in Glasgow, Scotland with my Wife and Son and when I’m not working I either have a controller in hand or a Microphone in front of me.
Mule: How long have you been involved in the gaming community and podcasting?
Ross: Sounds a bit cliche but I’ve been gaming my whole life, From the NES to current gen consoles, I rarely am found not in front of my TV. I’ve been podcasting for 4 years and have appeared in 300 episodes of podcasts Including Trueachievements, My Xbox And Me, Out Of Lives and a certain Mulhorn Gaming Podcast.
Mule: You and other Xbox community members have been working on a charity stream with the new Microsoft streaming service called Mixer. Can you explain the process of why you wanted to start this charity stream, and what it is about?
Ross: Earlier this year my wife’s mother was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia caused by a series of mini strokes and have now resulted in a clot in the brain that is irreversible. Its not a matter of how my mother in law is cured or treated. Its simply ensuring that she is as comfortable as possible for whatever time she has left on this planet. We’ve decided to do a stream to help raise awareness and much needed funds for Alzheimer’s Society. This is a true worldwide event featuring a range of streamers and podcasters over a 13 hour period.
Mule: Care to share your story about how Dementia has affected you and your family?
Ross: My mother in law is someone who cannot be forgotten but through time I’m having to come to the terms that she may forget me. From the moment I met my Wife, she accepted me as part of the family and was always there when we needed help with our Son. My wife has essentially became her carer, going over to do the tasks that she is unable to do herself and to offer her dad as much support as she can. Make no mistake, this disease is devastating, she is no longer mobile or even able to hold things properly, not only have we lost an able person for child care, but as my wife puts it… the person who cared for her, now needs full care. She only retired from work last year and hasn’t had any time to enjoy it. It really breaks my heart.
Mule: Wow, thank you for sharing that. I am sure there are a lot of people who can relate to that story. How can the readers and gamers out there get involved in the charity stream? Where can we go to donate?
Ross: If you want to get involved with the stream, please send us a DM on our twitter profile @_GamersUnited, otherwise i would say come join the stream on the 14th at mixer.com/GamersUnited and if you have any spare money that you could spare to donate. Please do so at justgiving.com/gud
Mule: Thank you Ross for taking time out of your day to chat with me. I look forward to a very successful charity stream from a great group of people from the Xbox gaming community.
This is a great cause to get behind as gamers. I hope that you can join in for the stream, and even if you can’t donate please share all the information below.
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