Late last month we detailed how Mechwarrior Online makers Piranha Games honored a five-year-old player who died of brain cancer in May by selling a special mech – with the proceeds going completely to charity. Earlier this year, five-year-old Sarah Marie Alida Parries of Vancouver (who was a big fan of MechWarrior and played the game with her dad Jon) died from complications with inoperable brain cancer.
After her passing, fans within the MWO community asked that a special hero mech be created to honor her and to be sold for charity. Piranha Games listened to the community and created "Sarah's Jenner," which it unveiled on July 23. The mech sells for $10, with all proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Today we have learned from Game Informer and GII that proceeds raised from the sale of Sarah's Jenner have generated over $100,000 USD for the cancer charity. Piranha Games and Jenna's father were delighted with the outpouring of goodwill from the MechWarrior Online community:
"When we first had the idea for Sarah's Jenner we thought that ten thousand dollars would be a number we could all be proud of," Piranha Games' Bryan Ekman told Game Informer. "The response from the MechWarrior community and from the games industry at large has been overwhelming. We can't thank everyone enough for unifying in this effort to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society and cancer research."
"Again I can never thank all of you enough for all the time and effort you at MWO have provided. It has helped a lot knowing that people out there legitimately care," said Sarah's father, John Parries.
The campaign has been extended to August 20. You can buy Sarah's Jenner here.