#GamersBeatCancer: Atlanta Gamers Unite for Cancer

Gaming and esports facility Axis Replay hosts networking social for pediatric cancer research


ATLANTA, June 25 – Atlanta gamers came together for the #GamersBeatCancer Networking Social on June 25. The event, hosted by Axis Replay in partnership with the American Cancer Society and the GameChanger Charity, was organized to raise awareness for cancer and to announce the #GamersBeatCancer Tournament Series. Attendees of the event ranged from young gamers to CEOs of local companies, and professional gamers from teams like 100 Thieves and Space Station Gaming. 

The Aileen Sherman Memorial #GamersBeatCancer Tournament will be held on August 10. Gamers will be able to donate $20 in order to compete for various prizes in the popular video game “Fortnite.” The proceeds will go towards funding pediatric cancer research and providing young cancer patients in hospitals with gaming and entertainment consoles. 

“One of our founders passed away from pancreatic cancer before we opened the Atlanta facility,” said Allie Young, CEO of Axis Replay. “Everyone on the team here has been affected by cancer in one way or another, so it’s a very passionate topic for us.

ATLANTA – June 25, 2019 – Allie Young , CEO of Axis Replay, speaks on the stage. Young announced the Aileen Sherman Memorial #GamersBeatCancer Tournament Series at the Networking Social event. The tournament will benefit the American Cancer Society and the GameChanger Charity.

Axis Replay has partnered with the American Cancer Society before, where they hosted a RIISE Against Cancer Tournament in conjunction with Super Bowl weekend. The tournament, where players competed in “Madden”  received great support from the community, with celebrities like Football Hall-of-Famer Champ Bailey, former professional football player Brandon Boykin, and professional gamers from the team FaZe Clan in attendance. 

Attending the Networking Social were Ryan Bloch from L.A. and his mother Dina Sherman. Bloch founded the Aileen Sherman Memorial Fund at the age of 12 after his grandmother died from cancer. He organized a “Fortnite” tournament in her honor and raised over $12,000 for cancer research last year.  

Ryan Bloch, left, Dina Sherman, and Jim Carol, right, with Allie Young, center, on Tuesday night.

 “Ryan’s story is just amazing. He showed that gaming has the power to bring people together,” said Young. “I hope to unite our gaming community to make a positive change like he did.”

The tournament will be held on August 10, at the Axis Replay facility in Atlanta. Participants will play 3 matches in the bracket, and a champion will be crowned through a point system.

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