Today is Monday, so about something heartwarming to start the week off? This is a story of Brady, a 5-year-old boy who had spent nine hours in surgery to have a liver transplant. His father, known as "fiscal_" on Reddit, took to the social sharing site and laid out his son's situation, which caught Bungie's attention. The Halo studio decided to make the boy and his family very happy, and they sent one of their own to the hospital, bearing some awesome gifts.
"A few days after the transplant my son was in pain and annoyed with everything hospital related.
"I wanted to try and cheer him up and I remembered hearing about Bungie's charity. I reached out to this subreddit for contact info. The children's hospital is pretty close to Bungie's studio and my son loves Halo, so I figured it was a good fit to get him smiling again. With the help of some redditors, Bungie contacted me and we got to meet Christine."
Christine brought with her a card signed by the Bungie team, a Halo t-shirt, and a life-sized replica of Carter-A259's bright blue helmet, from Halo: Reach. That helmet, according to fiscal, is very heavy.
For that, Brady and his folks are eternally grateful. His father later added, "My family can't thank Bungie enough. I know that they have had a huge impact on how well my son has been recovering after his surgery."
Now before you start wagging fingers and chastising Brady's parents for letting him play Mature games, consider his father's explanation:
"Those that are concerned about kids playing an M-rated game: he doesn't playyy [sic] like you or I would sit and play. He doesn't just hop on multiplayer with a headset and microphone or just start playing the campaign. I'll sit down and play a part of the campaign with him, or mom will join us for our own multiplayer game. He likes the idea of Halo more than playing Halo. His interest has transcended the games, he would rather battle it out with his Halo action figures, anyway. The Spartan storyline just gets his imagination going, it's wonderful."
Hey, I can certainly get behind that. Bungie made quite a universe for us to enjoy, after all. Here's hoping Brady will get to actually play the games like the rest of us do once he's old enough for his parents to be comfortable with it.
More photos can be found here.