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Kidde Hero of the Week: Zach Wigal


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Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Kidde Hero of the Week…

Zach Wigal, out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, found a way to turn his passion into a charity program for kids who are unable to leave their hospital beds.

His passion? Gaming.

Through his love of holding gaming tournaments for charity, the Gamers Outreach program was born. Zach took his video games he had collected through his high school years, and he put them on a simple portable video game cart and wheeled that around to the bedside of kids in local Michigan hospitals. After the doctors saw the improvement in the children, word spread, and Zach was asked to make more of these devices.

The 29-year-old has now built what he calls “GOKarts.” People from around the world have donated video games which has grown so much he now uses a warehouse to store it all. And by getting people into gaming to volunteer through the program, he now reaches over a million kids in some 50 hospitals around the country.

Doctors said that thanks to gaming, they have noticed anxiety go down and pain killers are being used less in many of their patients.

Kix’s Response:

Zach Wigal – what a great job, man! We would like to recognize you as this week’s Kidde Hero!


You can learn more about Zach and Gamers Outreach in this CNN profile.




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