Fortnite Gamer Raises $611,000 for Hospital in 24 Hours

Posted January 24, 2019
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Written by Melissa

Who says gaming can’t be fun AND help the greater good at the same time?

One of Fortnite’s most popular players, Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo raised more than $611,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in a 24-hour livestream at the beginning of January. That brings his donation to the hospital to more than $1.3 million over the past year.

Using the #buildagainstcancer, Lupo asked his 2.8 million fans on Twitch from 85 countries to donate while he played. “Giving back has been a huge part of who I am on Twitch ever since I started streaming,” he said. “Any opportunity I have to promote helping the greater good is something that I enjoy being a part of.”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee is a pediatric treatment and research facility that focuses on children’s diseases. It costs about $2.4 million a day to run and there is never a cost to the patient to be treated.

St. Jude’s president and CEO, Richard Shadyac Jr. says Lupo is pioneering an innovative way of fundraising and is a leader among his gaming peers. “He is helping St. Jude continue to fight childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.”

“One of the best parts of being a streamer is seeing communities of people form, ad working with those communities to help benefit others and leave a legacy of positivity,” Lupo says.

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