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WATCH: Young gamer streams ‘Fortnite’ to pay for dad’s cancer treatment

/ 06:58 PM July 11, 2019

A young gamer has been hosting live streams of himself playing “Fortnite” in hopes of raising money for his father’s cancer treatments.

The boy, who goes by the handle zylTV, caught the attention of other gamers when one of his videos went viral on Reddit last Monday, July 8, as per The Daily Dot on Tuesday, July 9.

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From right, zylTV and his father while hosting a live stream. Image: Screengrab from zylTV’s video “Dad’s reaction” via Twitch/zylTV

He explained the situation he and his family are currently in. zylTV revealed that his father had been diagnosed with stage 3 cancer back in September 2018. The disease has since spread to his lungs and liver, developing into a stage 4 diagnosis.

“He is currently undergoing chemotherapy,” zylTV said in the chat section of the video. “These are the circumstances that the doctors gave him: No chemo one-year death, three years chemo 20% live.”

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“Please donate anything you possibly can. All money will go towards funding his medication. Much love from me and all of my family members,” he stated.

Viewers of his live streams donated more than CA$7,200 ($5,516, or around P282,000) to zylTV and his family.

zylTV explained to his father that “someone” was paying for a flight and hotel for them. “Happy?” he asked his dad. The father smiled and nodded.

Following the donations he received, zylTV took to Twitter to express his gratitude to everyone who pitched in.

“OMG EVERYONE! I can’t even thank anyone from this stream with words. I’m truly speechless. You guys changed my and my dad’s life forever and me and my dad will remember this my whole life,” he stated.

While the report did not state how old the gamer is, only people who are at least 13 years old are allowed to stream videos on Twitch, as per the platform’s terms of service. He has been hosting “Fortnite” live streams for his father’s condition since May 13. Ryan Arcadio/JB

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TOPICS: cancer treatment, Fortnite, fundraising, live streaming, Twitch
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