Marcelo Estrada and Cody Clopton will be able to tell their mothers “no” for the next three days when she tells them it’s time to stop playing video games.
Estrada, a cancer survivor, and his friend Clopton will be attempting to break the World Record for “Longest Session Playing a Fighting Game.” They will be playing Super Smash Brothers Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch for 60 hours in an event they call “Smashing Cancer.”
The record attempt is more than just a chance for Estrada and Clopton to get their names in the annals of Guinness Book of World Records history. Estrada is a cancer survivor who is celebrating his five year recovery mark by making the attempt to raise funds for the Ellis Fund.
The Ellis fund is an organization that aims to improve and strengthen the support network for families in Southwest Missouri facing pediatric cancer. The fund was started by Karen Catt, who lost her son Ellis to cancer in 1994.
Catt discovered a “new normal” for the families who face pediatric cancer: parking and travel costs for treatment, eating meals away from home, hotel and housing costs. She began to use proceeds from Mary Kay sales to give personal grants to families who needed to make a mortgage payment or other critical need. The Ellis Fund came from this outreach in 2008 and is under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.
Estrada and Clopton hope to raise at least $1,000 for the Ellis Fund with a secondary goal of $5,000. The biggest donors will be eligible to receive prints of artwork from various artists recreating legendary video game characters.
The record attempt is taking place at the Fairfield Inn at the North Glenstone/East Kearney intersection. The public can stop in to donate to the fundraising campaign or to cheer on Estrada and Clopton. The duo have to play 50 minutes of every hour with ten minutes free time. (They can allow that time to accumulate for a longer break.)
Here’s the live feed of the attempt hosted on the Twitch channel of their friend Blake Collins. If you want to donate to the duo’s fundraising efforts for the Ellis Fund, click on this link.