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Pickstarter: WOW MOM Documentary Shows the Healing Power of Gaming

Pickstarter: WOW MOM Documentary Shows the Healing Power of Gaming

In 2010, Terry Bolt was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumors (NET)/carcinoids, a rare form of cancer that also claimed the life of Steve Jobs. Undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, Terry had fifteen pounds of tumors removed by doctors. Although it was a step towards regaining her health, it was by no means the end of her road. Rather than accepting her illness as a death sentence, Terry began playing World of Warcraft as a means of coping with her condition. The rich, immersive world of Azeroth and the tremendously supportive, robust playerbase allowed Terry to gain a new lease on life by connecting with other people. Terry’s daughter, comedian Andie Bolt, saw how World of Warcraft helped her mother and wanted to tell the story of what she went through. The result is the documentary WoW MoM, which is currently raising funds on Kickstarter.

When Andie Bolt first came to Nerdist with the idea, we helped her get the project off the ground with an initial round of funding. Now, though, like Azeroth itself, the project has grown larger than anyone ever imagined, and Andie has taken to Kickstarter in order to take it to the next level. With appearances by Chris Hardwick, Michele Morrow, Holly Conrad, Fortune Feimster, Clare Grant, and many more, WoW MoM offers a compelling look at how something many of us write off as a mere hobby had a profound and meaningful impact in one woman’s life. Can games be therapeutic? Should they be part of the healing process? These are but a few of the questions that WoW MoM is setting out to answer, and if you #AcceptThisQuest, you can help them find out.

WoW MoM is raising funds until Thursday, December 11, and offers terrific perk packages like the one donated by Chris Hardwick that includes tickets to @midnight, an autographed copy of The Nerdist Way, and much more.

If you would like to contribute to help make the movie a reality, click here.

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