Our first GO Kart for the state of Iowa was recently delivered to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines! Constructed by 16 year old Johnathan Dooley, this particular unit represents a pure community effort – driven by friends, family, and fellow gamers.
Blank Children’s Hospital is a 108-bed environment that embraces and encourages families to be a part of their child’s healing and recovery. Everything within the hospital, from equipment to decor, is designed specifically for children – which makes our GO Karts a perfect fit for patients going through treatment!
Inspired by our board member Fwiz, Johnathan Dooley became involved in our cause last year when he learned about our efforts online and from our annual fundraising event, Gamers for Giving. As a high school student, Johnathan wanted to make a difference through his passion for playing video games. After creating a fundraising campaign, he began reaching out to his peers and family members in support of his quest to bring a GO Kart to Des Moines, Iowa. It didn’t happen overnight, but thanks to a bit of persistence (and being extraordinarily patient as we worked to construct GO Kart 2.0), Johnathan was able to raise all the funds necessary to build his GO Kart for kids at Blank Children’s!
It was our honor to have Johnathan and his father join us at the hospital, and see the GO Kart delivered firsthand. We’re so proud of his accomplishment. Johnathan’s success is a lesson for all of us. No matter what age you are, it’s always possible to make an impact.
We’re glad to be supporting patients at Blank Children’s Hospital, and hope this GO Kart will be of service for years to come!
In the words of DJ Khaled, “and another one.”