We leverage technology and innovation to improve the lives of hospitalized children facing illness and injury.
How it Started
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.
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 debilitating illnesses and injury.
Today and beyond.
How it's going.
The GameChanger Team Continues to Grow
GameChanger Charity has grown into a passionate team of staff and volunteers dedicated to helping other children and families through the challenges that come with hospital stays.
Our Technology is Unlike and Other in Hospitals
The GameChanger Private Network creates a safe space for patients and families by enabling a walled-garden experience through a combination of privacy, curation, and moderation.
The Difference we Make in Lives is Real
Rated Gold status by Guidestar, over 90% of every dollar raised goes to donations for our partner hospitals.
And Development Will Never Stop Innovating
GameChanger Charity brought Hospital CEOs, representatives from the top tech and gaming firms, caregivers, and kids into our labs over the course of 3-years funding from gamers and tech giants to bring you GPN.
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The leadership team.
Board of Directors
Katie A. Welkie
RN, MBA Vice President, Children's Health, and Chief Executive Officer, Primary Children's Hospital
Microsoft Xbox CFO
Executive Director, National Director of Innovation labs at The Innovation Institute
Co Founder CEO of Reddit
Co Founder and CEO of Twitch
AWS, VP Government, WW Public Sector
GameChanger Creator, CEO and Chairman of the Board
VP, Content Partnerships at YouTube
General Manager - Knott's Berry Farm, Frmr: VP Disneyland Resort
CaptainSparklez - YouTuber & Online Influencer
The transition team.
Board of Advisors
Head of Esports and Gaming, SPORTFIVE
Ryan Polun is the Head of SPORTFIVE’s Esports and Gaming unit, overseeing the Americas Region. The agency holds a significant position across the global esports and gaming industry and was responsible in 2021 for generating more than $50 million in partnership revenue. Ryan has over 12 years of experience – the last five being in esports and gaming. Before his appointment as the Head of Esports at SPORTFIVE, Ryan spent 2 years at RSE Ventures portfolio company Ascendant. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Ryan lives in New York City with his wife Molly – whose father succumbed to cancer in 2018.
Senior Client Partner, Gaming and Tech, Reddit
Brent Carlson is a Silicon Valley executive with 25-years of sales and marketing experience. Currently a Sr. Client Partner at Reddit, Inc., he has advised virtually every major gaming publisher and developer during his career. An accomplishment he is most proud of is receiving his MBA with Honors from St. Mary’s College of California, while starting a new job and raising a toddler at home. The power of positive thinking – across both his personal and professional life – is his driving force and a favorite quote is, “Success without integrity is failure.” Brent is a Husband & Father first. He is also a photographer, drone pilot, pontoon boat captain and proud to say that he has survived a lightning strike. Brent has been assisting with GameChangers’s marketing strategy since February 2021 and he is honored to be on the Board of Advisors, where he is proud to put his energy towards helping the charity achieve its mission of helping sick and hospitalized children everywhere.
Steam Business, Valve Corporation
Tom Giardino works at Valve, the video game studio responsible for franchises like Half-Life and Counter-Strike. Tom’s work at Valve revolves around Steam, the PC gaming store and platform. Tom first began working with GameChanger after meeting Jim Carol at the Valve headquarters, coming away inspired and excited about what GameChanger was doing to help sick and hospitalized children. He has served on the Board of Advisors since 2016.
Global Partnership Sales Manager, Team Liquid
Paige Bonomi is a member of the Global Sales and Partnerships team at Team Liquid, one of the largest and most decorated esports organizations in the world. In this role, she spearheads partnerships across Team Liquid’s North American, European and Brazilian professional teams and talent roster.
Prior to Team Liquid, Paige was the first, fully dedicated U.S. hire for the esports and gaming unit at global sports marketing agency, SPORTFIVE, where she played an integral role across many growth verticals within the company. Before SPORTFIVE, she sat on the brand partnerships team at ESL Gaming/DreamHack.
Paige has worked in the esports and gaming space for the last six years, tackling roles across sales and business development, partnership management, product marketing and communications.
CEO, Mercury Group
With several years’ experience in gaming, Sam moved to New York in 2016 to build the NBA’s strategy for the burgeoning esports industry. Having been an integral part of the design and launch of the NBA 2K League, Sam led the League’s content and media verticals, and was the Executive Producer on all live broadcasts and productions. In 2018, Sam launched OS Gaming, a social venue focused on gamers, content creators and esports; housing state of the art streaming and gaming booths and an industry-leading content agency that was acquired in 2021.
Senior Business Operations Analyst, Capital Group
Neil Brosnahan is currently a Senior Business Operations Analyst at Capital Group and has a passion for improving the lives of hospitalized children and their families. As a technologist, gamer, data geek, and leader in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Neil brings with him 24 years of experience in IT and Business Operations supporting some of the most complex technical environments in the world. Being the youngest of 6 children and having a large extended family, Neil has also shared the experience of having loved ones hospitalized and needing continuous long-term medical care. Being able to bring comfort and joy to hospitalized children and their families – or make their day just a little bit better – is what drives Neil to use his network of fellow caring colleagues, family and friends to make a difference.
Chief Technology Officer, STEM.org
Brian Kelly is an accomplished and results-driven STEM leader with over twenty years of progressive and diverse experience in the intersection of business development, science and technology. A self-proclaimed digital nomad, you are most likely to find Brian working and playing Rocket League or CoD near his home in the Rocky Mountains (or at your local rugby pitch).
Your support makes a huge difference
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.
Approximately $1.50 provides GPN to one child and their family for one day.
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One $10 donation gives one child and their family an entire week of access to the GPN platform.
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One $550 donation gives one child and their family one year of unlimited access to the GPN platform.
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One $50 donation gives one child and their family an entire month of unlimited access to the GPN platform.