Bungie Studios goes all out for a kid who recently underwent a nine hour liver transplant.
When Reddit user fiscal_ posted to /r/halo two weeks ago, he was just looking for a little advice from the Bungie Foundation on a Halo item he could pick up for his son. The boy, who had undergone a nine hour liver transplant surgery had asked for a replica of the game’s assault rifle for Christmas. Unfortunately, the only one his parents could find would have cost a cost a couple hundred dollars. Understandably, that was a bit out of range for the family.
It didn’t take long for the Reddit community to get to work and find a way to put fiscal_ in contact with the right people. A few twitter messages and forum posts later and he was put in touch with Eric “Urk” Osborne, Bungie’s Community and Marketing Guy.
— Eric Osborne (@UrkMcGurk) January 7, 2013
Two weeks later, Christine — a representative of Bungie Studios — made a visit to the hospital, bringing ficscal_’s son a card signed by the Bungie team and a replica of Carter’s helmet from Halo Reach along with a few other awesome goodies.
Fiscal_ made a post following the visit complete with an imgur album of his son’s progress between the surgery and Chrstine’s visit. (You might want to stand near someone cutting onions when looking at it if you’re afraid of losing any manliness points.) He definitely looks a lot better at the end of the gallery, and it’s pretty likely that the surprise visit helped.
Bungie — and the /r/halo community — deserve a lot of credit for helping make the kid and his family feel at least a little bit better. It’s always nice to see that no matter how talk there is about the “bad” side of the gaming community, it’s actually full of pretty nice people.
Hopefully, fiscal_’s son will have as speedy a recovery as possible and he’ll be able to begin any plans of world domination in no time.