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This Week’s Best of the Web, Featuring a Teen’s Inspirational Gaming Community

Hey girls! Happy (almost) weekend!

One of our goals here at PI is to bring you the best of the best on the web in a weekly roundup. To do so, we’d love to hear what you are interested in knowing about. What do you love and want to see more of? Let us know in the comments!

Super inspiring story:

Knowing how tough it is for teens with cancer to feel a sense of community, Steven Gonzalez set out to create “The Survivor Games.” As Gonzalez explained to The Huffington Post, “Kids going through cancer treatment still need friends and a social outlet, but they also need something more, a support group where people understand what they are going through. You see, a teen with cancer feels isolated from the world not only physically but also socially and emotionally. Social isolation can happen when you don’t ‘fit’ into your group anymore because you don’t look or feel like yourself when you are going through treatment. Cancer treatment is tough on the body, and many teenagers feel self-conscious with all of their scars from cancer. For me the thing I needed most was just to feel normal.”

Now, his new non-profit organization–a social network video game–does just that. It’s a place where cancer can be irrelevant for a bit, and teens can enjoy a common hobby together. Gonzalez writes, “The network will be similar to a virtual version of an arcade. Here, teens will be able to play games in a safe environment with other teens and even watch experienced players continue to beat their previous high scores. They can also talk to other teen patients about video games and catch up on gaming news.”

Read more about the inspirational start-up here.

Top shared Facebook photo from the Project Inspired page:

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Godly celeb tweet from singer/songwriter @LauraBCooksey:

Sweet Pinterest image:

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What caught your eye on the web this week? Which of this week’s PI Picks was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Comments

  1. misstake

    Posted by misstake on February 23, 2013 at 06:35

    awesome

  2. Kyla

    Posted by Kyla on February 22, 2013 at 16:07

    The inspiring story is awesome! It got me thinking I want to start something similar. 🙂

  3. vanilla

    Posted by vanilla on February 22, 2013 at 14:16

    The inspiring story is great. What a cool way to use technology – to help cancer patients find people to relate to!

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by on February 22, 2013 at 11:51

    I think that inspiring story is wonderful and I recommend to anyone who liked it to read the book The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. <3 But really I think that the last picture at the bottom is my favorite. <3

    • Kyla

      Posted by Kyla on February 22, 2013 at 16:07

      Thanks! I’m always looking for a good book to read. I’ll have to check it out. 😀