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Charity Helps SMA Teen Become Gamer


In this heartwarming The Gamers’ Charity video shared in July 2014, we meet Ben. The 13-year-old boy had always envied his friends’ ability to play video games. Because of spinal muscular atrophy, Ben was unable to use regular controllers  — until he found a charity that helped him join the fun.

Meet Ricochet, the surfing dog who helps disabled children learn how to surf.

SpecialEffect is a registered charity in the UK that specializes in adapting gaming components so people with disabilities can play, too. For children like Ben, being able to play video games puts them on par with their friends and family. Watch as Ben dives into the world of Minecraft!

Nine-year-old SMA patient Reagan served as a 2015 National Goodwill Ambassador. Find out more here.

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