Boy Finds Another Way
To Battle Cancer
* Ben Duskin is a lot like most 9-year-old boys: He loves video games. But unlike most kids, Ben has leukemia, a type of cancer.
Ben decided he wanted to combine his love of video games and his fight against his disease. The result is "Ben's Game," a video game in which the main character zooms around the screen on a skateboard, zapping mutated cells and collecting seven shields to protect against nausea, hair loss and fevers -- side effects of cancer treatment.
Starting this week, other kids with cancer are getting to play "Ben's Game" while they get treatment at the Pediatric Treatment Center at the University of California, San Francisco.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to sick kids, helped Ben make the game. Eric Johnston, a software engineer who helped create the games "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," "Loom" and "The Secret of Monkey Island," met with Ben once a week for six months to come up with the game.
Ben, who will be a fifth-grader in the fall, has no cancer in his body now. He says he's glad kids enjoy his game. "I feel really good in my heart that lots of people are playing it," Ben said.
You can download the game free at www.makewish.org/ben.