One of my favorite moments during PAX East is the Q & A with Penny Arcade founders Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins. The questions are anything goes and it’s always a fun time, but it also tends to create the most poignant moments at PAX. Plenty of people tell “Gabe” and “Tycho” every year about how PA and gaming in general have helped them through difficult times. It always reminds me that when you get away from the Internet trolls and get everyone in the same place, the gaming community is filled with awesome people who care about each other.
I was reminded of this again upon reading this story on Polygon about Brandon Boyer, the chairman of the Independent Games Festival. You can get the fine details over at Brandon’s blog but he was diagnosed with cancer last year, had to get parts of his liver and intestine removed and his health insurance company refused to cover the bill, which came in at over $100,000.
Brandon has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for his medical bills, and as usual, the gaming community has once again stepped in for one of its own. As of this post, the campaign has raised almost $74,000 of its $100,000 goal.
Brandon is thankfully in recovery at this point but he will continue to face ongoing medical bills for the treatment needed to keep him alive. You can stay up to date with Brandon through his Twitter.
This year’s Independent Games Festival is later this month in San Francisco.