Published on January 20, 2022
Updated on February 3, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Alexandria, Va. – Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ), an annual livestreamed video game marathon, is organized by Games Done Quick to raise funds for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. The event concluded on January 16 and raised a total of $3.4 million, the most that has been raised at an event in the history of Games Done Quick.
The week-long event brings together all-star gamers from around the world as they speedrun—play as fast as possible—their favorite games. This year’s AGDQ took place virtually, with tens of thousands tuning in from around the globe to watch the “best of the best” take on their favorite games. All games were played live, with speedrunners explaining in detail the many tricks and glitches they use to get the fastest times.
The gaming community showed their support while watching the stream on Twitch by donating to the Prevent Cancer Foundation throughout the week. More than 49,000 donations were made with an average donation amount of $69.48.
In more than a decade of years supporting the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Games Done Quick has raised more than $20 million to fund research, technology and community grants both in the U.S. and internationally, as well as cancer prevention and early detection education and outreach. Last year, the Games Done Quick community funded grants around the globe to support the World Health Organization’s effort to eliminate cervical cancer.
“It is such a profoundly kind and moving community,” said Jody Hoyos, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Prevent Cancer Foundation, in reference to the Games Done Quick speedrunners, organizers and viewers. “Their support, their engagement, and of course, their fundraising dollars, enable us to do our work to serve people—especially those in medically underserved communities—and dare to imagine a world where no one dies of cancer.”
About the Prevent Cancer Foundation®
The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is the only U.S. nonprofit organization focused solely on saving lives across all populations through cancer prevention and early detection. Through research, education, outreach and advocacy, we have helped countless people avoid a cancer diagnosis or detect their cancer early enough to be successfully treated.
The Foundation is rising to meet the challenge of reducing cancer deaths by 40% by 2035. To achieve this, we are committed to investing $20 million for innovative technologies to detect cancer early and advance multi-cancer screening, $10 million to expand cancer screening and vaccination access to medically underserved communities, and $10 million to educate the public about screening and vaccination options.
For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.