"What if we could put video games in all of the rooms on the oncology floor and infusion center?"
Childhood Cancer Survivor, Childhood Cancer Awareness Advocate...And the Inspiration For Alex's Arcade
Courtesy of Karen Drew and WDIV
Alex's Arcade was founded by James & Nancy Craven in 2014.
Inspired by their son Alex, who at the age of 12 was diagnosed with Stage 4 Diffuse Large B cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma of the bone.
The disease affected 90% of the bones in his body, Alex underwent 6 rounds of intense chemotherapy, 96 hours at a time, at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit, MI. It was during his time in the hospital that Alex asked for his video games to be brought in so he could escape reality and be entertained. It had a very positive effect on his attitude. It allowed him to cope, relax and have the comforts of home right there in his hospital room, the home away from home. Very few of his roommates had the some comfort or escape. Alex would share his games and controllers until it was time for him to go home.
2014-Alex's Arcade starts to form, begins paperwork to become a 501(c)3 nonprofit
June 2014 - Alex's Arcade makes it first donation of 6 Xbox 360's to the oncology department at Children's Hospital of Michigan
May 2015 - Alex's Arcade becomes a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization Tax I.D# 46-4562400
April 2016- Alex's Arcade starts Dream Experience program, send it's first family on their Dream Experience to attend the Detroit Tigers Opening Day game
September 2016- Alex's Arcade donates it's 13th video game system to the oncology department at Children's Hospital of Michigan
September 2017- Alex's Arcade has donated a total 24 video game systems to the infusion center of Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.