Video Gamer Cody Thompson begins his cross country walk on Sunday, March 10, from Wrightsville Beach, N.C. to raise money for Child’s Play, a charity founded by video gamers that helps children in hospitals around the world through the donation of toys and games.
Wrightsville Beach, NC March 9, 2013 – This Sunday, at 12 Noon, Cody Thompson begins his his first step of a 2,700 mile trek at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Wrightsville Beach. Cody is making this epic journey to raise money for Child’s Play, a charity founded by video gamers that helps children in hospitals around the world through the donation of toys and games. The charity raised more than $4.5M last year through the effort and generosity of the video game industry, gamers, and the power of play. Cody, a video gamer himself, intends to demonstrate that, despite negative press and stereotypes, gamers can and do have a positive impact.
As a child recovering from eye surgery, Cody played his first video game at the direction of his doctor, to strengthen his eyes. At the time, however, Cody just knew the games were a welcome distraction from his medical procedure. He wants to extend that benefit, through Child’s Play, to other children.
He is also walking as a means to self-discovery. When asked what that means Cody smiled and replied, “I am not sure, ask me when I am done.”
Departing from Wrightsville March 10, Cody intends to complete his quest on the beach in Redondo Beach, California in seven to eight months. His first plan had been to take US 40 across the country, but walking on interstates is illegal. “There are plenty of roads that mirror US 40 and I will be trekking these. I will start in Wrightsville Beach, and end in California at Redondo Beach, where I shall fall into the water in truly dramatic fashion.”
Cities and towns on the route include: Wrightsville Beach, NC; Asheville, NC; Nashville, TN; Oklahoma City, OK; Albuquerque, NM; Flagstaff, AZ; Disneyland, CA; Redondo Beach, CA.
Walkers can join Cody Sunday, 11:45 a.m., at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, and walk the Wrightsville Beach “Loop” segment of the trip. Cody’s adventures will be posted on his website: walkinggamer.com. He intends to update the site with blog posts, photos, and videos as often as possible.
Cody D. Thompson
Phone: (703) 347-1758
Phone: (703) 347-1756
Jason St. Clair, Blockade Runner Beach Resort