Awesome Games Done Quick

Just announced: Awesome Games Done Quick 2022 will be held January 9th-16th, 2022. Watch this page for updates.

Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 was held January 3-10, 2021. Thank you for raising over $2.76 million!

Learn more below about the important work your contributions are funding.

AGDQ 2021 online - benefitting the Prevent Cancer Foundation

And thank you for helping us raise over $3.1 million at AGDQ 2020!

Awesome Games Done Quick is an annual live-streamed video game marathon organized by Games Done Quick to raise funds for the Prevent Cancer Foundation®. Hundreds of all-star gamers from around the world meet to speedrun—play as fast as possible—their favorite games. People around the globe tune in online to watch the “best of the best” take on the most popular games.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation funds important research and outreach work around the world

Note: U.S.-based grant recipients not shown on map; visit our Research Grants and Community Grants pages to learn more.

From AGDQ 2020 — Beyond the Game: Funding Innovative Technology around the Globe

The Impact of Innovation – Investing in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

Meet the experts turning your donations into action. The panel at AGDQ 2020 spotlighted a new portable breast screening device in Nigeria, cervical cancer screening devices in Peru and lung cancer screening innovations in Poland — showing how your dollars make a difference in cancer prevention & early detection.

Read more and watch the full panel.

2020 Global Cancer Prevention Projects

2020 Global Grants

With funds from AGDQ, we are excited to support four 2020 global grants in Cameroon, Peru, Nigeria and Mozambique. The innovative projects focus on increasing quality screening for cervical and colorectal cancer and will have direct impact where cancer prevention and early detection resources are limited.

Wondering where your money is going? The funds you raised support work both nationally and internationally.

Alicia AllenGrantee: Alicia Allen, Ph.D.
Named Award: Awesome Games Done Quick
Position: Assistant Professor
Institution: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Project Title: A Novel Approach to Help Women of Reproductive Age Quit Smoking

Cancer Prevention Statement: Tobacco use, mostly cigarette smoking, is estimated to cause 1 out of every 3 cancers. This is of concern for women, given they are more susceptible to the harmful effects of smoking than men. Most smoking cessation medications (such as the nicotine patch) are less effective in women compared to men. Ovarian hormones (notably estradiol) may be one of the reasons why women have a more difficult time quitting smoking than men. This project will preliminarily examine the effect of Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate to help women quit smoking. 

“What I witnessed as a child (smoking-quitting-relapsing cycle) and experienced as a young adult (death of loved ones due to smoking) was also experienced by many of the women I counseled. It really became very clear to me during this time that my career path was calling me to identify new ways to help women quit smoking and spare them (and their families) from the harms of smoking, namely cancer.”

Jordana PhillipsGrantee: Jordana Phillips, M.D.
Named Award: Awesome Games Done Quick
Position: Assistant Professor of Radiology
Institution: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Project Title: Contrast Enhanced Mammography for Women with a History of Breast Cancer

Cancer Prevention Statement: Contrast-Enhanced Mammography (CEM) is an excellent tool to help find breast cancer in high-risk patients. Should our results confirm that CEM finds more breast cancers in women with a personal history of breast cancer with little overall risk, practices across the country may be encouraged to adopt CEM. Because CEM can be performed on regular mammographic equipment, it makes it affordable and easier to implement into any practice regardless of the geographic location or socioeconomic status of the community. 

“Just like breast MRI, CEM uses a contrast agent to detect cancers that can be easily missed on regular mammograms. Unlike MRI, however, CEM can be performed on regular mammography equipment, making it more affordable and easier to implement into any practice, regardless of the geographic location or socioeconomic status of the community. To me, this translated into better imaging care for more people and I was fascinated.”

Save My Mother - SOS Children's Village - Global Community Grants

3 international grants to groups in Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique, where cervical cancer is often diagnosed in advanced stages.

International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) research grant in early treatment lung cancer.

International Cancer Technology Transfer Fellowships, in partnership with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). These fellowships allow the rapid transfer of cancer clinical technology to underserved nations in the international community, helping to reduce the global cancer burden and integrate cancer control into the world health agenda.

5 international “Leadership in Action” forums, in partnership with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), to enable leaders from across the global cancer control spectrum to strengthen cancer control by translating a global commitment into action.

MD Anderson Cancer Center

A large-scale community grant to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer by improving access to screening and clinical management of cervical dysplasia (precancerous changes).

Learn more about our global reach.



News | Sep 16, 2021 Prevent Cancer Foundation® awards $375,000 in global grants to combat cervical cancer
News | Jan 14, 2021 Why I AGDQ
News | Jan 6, 2021 Meet Alicia: Singer, five-time GDQ participant and health advocate
News | Jan 15, 2020 Games Done Quick sets new record, raises $3.1 million for charity at 10th annual gaming marathon
Video | Jan 8, 2020 Beyond gaming
Event | Jan 5, 2020 Awesome Games Done Quick 2020
News | Nov 1, 2019 Check your balls
News | Feb 12, 2019 Prevent Cancer Foundation® awards $400,000 in global community grants
News | Jan 17, 2019 Games Done Quick raises an awesome $2.4 million for charity at 9th annual gaming marathon
News | Jan 17, 2019 2018: A year in review
News | Jan 5, 2018 Awesome Games Done Quick video game marathon for charity this weekend
News | Jan 25, 2017 AGDQ raises $2.2 million for cancer prevention
News | Jul 29, 2016 Nine Community Projects will Receive Funding for Cancer Prevention Work
News | Jul 13, 2015 “Game Changing” Six Day-Nonstop Marathon Raises Over $425,000 For Cancer Prevention
News | Dec 17, 2014 Cancer Prevention in 7 Languages: Spotlight on 2014 Community Grantee
News | Jan 13, 2014 Awesome Games Done Quick: Thank you for over $1 million and for crashing our website
News | Jan 13, 2014 Video Game Marathon Raises Over $1 Million for Cancer Prevention
News | Jan 3, 2014 Awesome Games Done Quick: 4 years of record-setting gaming and fundraising
News | Jan 15, 2013 Awesome Games Done Quick Marathon raises $425,000+ in support of cancer research and prevention!
News | Jan 11, 2013 Gamers turn passion into a mission to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!
News | Jan 11, 2012 Gaming for Good: Charity Video Game Marathon Raises Over $145,000 for Cancer Prevention
News | Jan 3, 2012 Speed Demos Archive Gears Up for 2nd 6 Day Marathon to benefit Prevent Cancer Foundation
News | Mar 2, 2011 Speed Demos Archive Marathon Raises Over $53,000 in Cancer Prevention Funding
News | Jan 26, 2011 Events Large & Small Helping #2PreventCancer!

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