From EQ Resource
In Everquest and Everquest II he played a dark elf warrior named Wars Sheol, but in real life he battled cancer his whole life.
Wars was born with Xeroderma PigmentosumPigmentosum (XP)(Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) http://www.xps.org/
), a rare form of skin cancer. Later, he was also diagnosed with Accute Myelogenous Leukemia (http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/hematology-oncology/acute-myelogenous-leukemia
beat the odds and lived longer than the world of medicine expected. As a
child he participated in a research project that has helped children
born with cancer have better lives. He fought hard against the diseases
that stalked him. But Wars' fight ended on 2/9/2013.
His in game
greeting was always "WARS!!" He was willing to help other players do a
raid, camp a mob, get experience points, or farm for trade skill
ingredients. His home in EQ was a castle and was featured in the
Norrathian Home Show.
He did not just play EQ and EQII - he was
involved in making the game better; volunteering to serve on the
Community Round Table and he helped beta test several expansions. At a
Fan Fair, he was part of a group that suggested explaining Fippy
Darkpaw's suicidal run.
Always soft spoken but outgoing, he met
everyone as a friend. He also loved pictures - he really enjoyed posing
with the Firiona Vie models and all of his friends.
doctors told him that he only had weeks to live, in typical Wars
fashion, he looked for a way to reach out and help others. Having had a
lifetime of transfusions, he knew that a pint of blood could make life
better. In lieu of flowers, he asked his friends and family to donate
blood at the American Red Cross. Those of us who are his friends are
calling on the gaming community to join the drive.
If giving at
the American Red Cross, please ask the American Red Cross for a card and
write that you are giving for "EQ-WARS!". Those cards will be directed
to his family. If you prefer to donate directly to a local community
blood bank or cancer center, that is good too. No matter the venue, if
you donate blood in Wars' honor, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the state in which you donated. His family will be kept informed about the number donations reported to the email address.
free to spread the word about this virtual blood drive to your guild
and any gamer friends. Let's make the expression "going viral" mean
In game he chose to be warrior; in real life he
showed grace, courage and nobility while facing a really big boss mob.
Whether you personally played with Wars, met him at a Sony Online
Entertainment (SOE) gathering, or just want to help, please consider
donating blood to help us build a positive living legacy in honor and
celebration of a gentle giant who called himself WARS!!
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