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We are GameChanger​

We are a 13 year old 501(C)(3) charity leveraging technology & innovation to improve the lives of hospitalized children facing life-threatening illnesses.

GameChanger Charity was started by Jim Carol and his son Taylor in 2007. A nonprofit built upon its founders inspiring survival story and foundation of hope. GameChanger’s founders now dedicate their lives to helping others through their own battles with life-threatening illnesses.

From our founders to our volunteers, we’re a passionate and dedicated team committed to making tangible change for hospitalized kids worldwide. We are rated Gold status by Guidestar for our work with an average delivery of over 90% of every dollar raised. We invite you to join our cause and become a GameChanger for hospitalized children and their families.

Our Story

A Foundation of Hope

GameChanger was started by Jim Carol and his son Taylor. A nonprofit built upon an inspiring survival story, GameChanger’s founders now dedicate their lives to helping others through their battles against life-threatening illnesses.

Our Team

Board of Directors

Tim Stuart, Microsoft Xbox CFO

Tim Stuart

Microsoft Xbox CFO
Suzy Engwall, Executive Director, Western Region at The Innovation Institute

Suzy Engwall

Executive Director, National Director of Innovation labs at The Innovation Institute
Steve Huffman Co Founder CEO of Reddit

Steve Huffman

Co Founder CEO of Reddit

Emmett Shear

Co Founder and CEO of Twitch

Davy Levy

AWS, VP Government, WW Public Sector
GameChangers Jim Carol Co-Founder

Jim Carol

GameChanger Creator, CEO and Chairman of the Board
Jeff Shepard - Hughes Marino

Jeff Shepard

Principal & SVP - Hughes Marino; former Chairman, OC Child Abuse Prevention Center
Jon Storbeck - GameChanger Board of Directors

Jon Storbeck

General Manager - Knott's Berry Farm, Frmr: VP Disneyland Resort
Captain Sparkles - GameChanger Board of Directors

Jordan Maron

CaptainSparklez - YouTuber & Online Influencer
Our Team

Board of Advisors

Craig Mordock - GameChanger Board of Advisors

Craig Mordock

Partner - Sheppard Mullin
Tom Giardino - GameChanger Board of Advisors

Tom Giardino

Business Development, Valve
John Howell - GameChanger Board of Advisors

John Howell

VP Partnerships, Twitch

In May of 2006, the Carol’s lives changed forever. Their son Taylor was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia and was given two weeks to live. After soul searching and seeking guidance from experts, the family decided to move Taylor to the Children’s Hospital of Seattle. It was there that Taylor began the fight for his life.

Throughout Taylor’s long battle, he was forced into isolation where he would spend months alone and he quickly developed a deep love for video games. Video games served as an outlet, as they helped him “feel like a kid again”, allowed him to communicate with peers and distracted him from the harsh realities of his situation.


Beating Leukemia after 5 long years was the most difficult challenge Taylor, Jim and the Carol family could ever imagine, and the experience changed them forever. Jim and Taylor now live their lives grateful for every day they have. Pushed against the brink, they now live with more passion than ever before.

The Carol family acknowledges that it was both the kindness of strangers and Taylor’s video games that sustained him with joy and hope during his darkest days, and they decided they wanted to pass that hope on to other kids struggling with rare diseases.

Million in Total
Gifts & Scholarships
Children benefited
from our donor gifts
Join Our Mission

Our Programs

We award college scholarships to inspiring young role models who have battled through adversity, ensuring their dreams to attend university come true.

Gamers Give Back

Gamers Give Back

In partnership with Child’s Play, GGB Days are special events where we honor hospital staff, deliver gifts to patients, serve catered food & celebrate how games help kids.

GameChanger Scholarships


We award college scholarships to cancer survivors and inspiring young role models who battled through adversity, ensuring their dreams to attend university come true.

GameChanger Day Program

GameChanger Day

We host custom, life-changing gaming experiences at Children’s Hospitals for patients & online gaming celebrities – memories never to be forgotten!

Games & Tech to the rescue

Games & Tech

We give age-appropriate gifts of games, toys & electronics to children in hospitals to provide entertainment while they’re receiving extended treatment.

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality

We aim to enhance the general quality of life for children in hospitals utilizing new and exciting tech in VR and AR.

Caregiver resources

Caregiver Resources

We provide resources to staff and caregivers to support the educational goals of patients experiencing long term treatment.

Join Our Mission

Donate Online Today

Join our mission to to improve the lives of hospitalized children. Your donation will be a game changer for a child with cancer and provide much needed financial aid to their family so they can focus on healing together.

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