Hornets Venom Player Raises Money For American Cancer Society After Losing Aunt

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Hornets Venom GT had its first 24-hour charity streaming event Friday to mark the start of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. One Venom player, Alex Whelen, kicked off the fundraiser at midnight days after learning his aunt passed away from stage 4 colon cancer.

“I already knew I was doing the stream and it was something I wanted to do because it was kind of a cause close to my heart,” Whelan said.

Funding for causes like this have taken a major hit because of Covid-19.

“These are unprecedented times but for the American Cancer Society,” Maya Alostaz with the American Cancer Society said. “We’ve never experienced a greater need than we have now.”

Early detection is important and being proactive is key.

“If you suspect, or your child is having any symptoms that they normally don’t have, always act on the side of caution and consult with your physician,” Alostaz said.

On the livestream gamers shared stories on how cancer has affected their lives, which is something Whelan thinks is helpful.

“It was a little therapeutic just seeing a lot of stories that other people had. They were sad, but it was also informative,” Whelan said.