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'Minecraft' community hosting charity event to get service dog for sick child

YouTube sensation Nuropsych1 and his wife Rivergrl21 have become known for their incredible roller coaster creations in “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition”. The pair has taken viewers on psychedelic trips through “Ghostbusters” and “Beetlejuice” but now they need help to help cover the special care costs for their six-year old son, Daniel. Manuel (Nuropsych1) and Dana (Rivergrl) contacted this Examiner Friday to announce a livestream charity event with the help from some of the biggest names from the “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition” and YouTube community.

UPDATE: Please go to www.twitch.tv/NFFamilyFoundation at 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST on Saturday, May 3 to view the 24-hour charity event marathon. You can find the full schedule of "Minecraft" personalities that will be participating here.

Dana has started a website for Daniel at YouCaring to help fund a service dog for Daniel with a goal of $10,000. Half that goal has already been met thanks to the diligent efforts of his parents but a 24-hour fundraising event scheduled for May 3 and May 4 featuring “Minecraft” community streamers like iballisticsquid, choochoosgaming and EcKoSoldier has been organized by PBJellyGames to help the family reach their goal. Even the crew of "The Seedlings", the machinima series set in “Minecraft”, will be on hand. This group has more than 2.5 million subscribers between them.

A link for the livestreaming event is forthcoming. The "Daniel's Companion Service Dog" YouCaring fundraising page and this article will be updated when it is available. Sponsors include companies such as Twitch, NitrousNetworks, MadCatz and Logitech who donated items to be given away during the livestream.

Six-year old Daniel suffers from a neurological disorder called neurofibromatosis which causes tumor to grow in and on the nerves throughout the body. He is suffering from a very aggressive and progressive case that has resulted in a brain tumor as well as the recent discovery of an abdominal tumor. In addition to the numerous complications associated with this disorder, Daniel is also losing his vision and his muscle strength and he is now in need of a specialized service dog to help him get around so that he can maintain his independence and lessen his frustrations.

However, training a service dog is both a lengthy and expensive proposition. Most non-profit centers have a wait time of two years or more and attempting to get a service dog sooner can cost as much as $40,000, which is out of the reach of Manuel and Dana.

All of the money donated to the Daniel’s Companion Service Dog fundraiser on YouCaring will be deposited into a bank account for the NF Family Foundation (a 501c3 organization) which has been earmarked for the service dog. If the fundraising goal surpasses $10,000, the money will still help fund the specialized training and care of the dog which Dana estimates will likely cost more than $15,000.

You can follow the campaign at @DogforDaniel on Twitter. If you are interested in donating to help Daniel and his family, you can do so at YouCaring or wait for the fundraiser on May 3 and May 4. All donations are tax deductible.