Moblins (and Metroids) For Matt

On May 31, 2016 our world was shattered.
My sweet brother-in-law, my husband's best friend, had died due to complications from epilepsy.

Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) is a little discussed and fatal complication of epilepsy. No one knows what causes SUDEP. We didn't even know what SUDEP was or that it was a risk. Earlier that day, Matt had a seizure (like he'd had many other times). That night, Corey found him in his room unresponsive. It was our nightmare.

The last conversation Corey ever had with his brother was about Nintendo and their (then upcoming) presentation scheduled at E3 for June 16th. These two are the biggest Nintendo fans I've ever known and particularly love the Zelda franchise. Trying to watch the Nintendo segment was incredibly difficult for all of us, Corey and Matt had planned to text through the entire thing, analyzing every aspect of the new Zelda trailer and gameplay. Corey tuned into the stream and with an incredibly heavy heart watched the game they had been looking forward to for so long come to life.
Matt would have loved it.
During their big Zelda reveal, Nintendo announced something unexpected. The Wolf Link amiibo from the recently re-released Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess game would come back as a companion in the new Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild game.
We were shocked.
The re-released Twilight Princess game was one of the last games Matt had played. He'd gotten the Wolf Link amiibo with it and had his game data saved to it. This meant that Corey could bring Matt's game data into the new Zelda game and have him by his side as a companion.
It still gives me chills to think about it.
Matt and Corey could still play the new game.
Like they had every other time a new Zelda game came out.
Matt's amiibos have given Corey something that nothing else ever could. They captured a piece of his spirit. They've allowed their most precious childhood memories to live on. Corey never has to give up his brother. He's still with him always living through the games he loved so much.
Corey wrote a letter to Nintendo that was featured on Zelda Informer. Nintendo responded, sending Corey a care package and letter expressing their condolences. It was a phenomenal gesture. As a way to give back, Corey decided to put together a live-stream in September where a group of us would play Legend of Zelda games and raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation. Corey's story started to circulate on social media and throughout a variety of gaming news websites, including Game Informer, and we were able to raise over $5,000.
We chose the Epilepsy Foundation so that we could help fund epilepsy research. 
We want people to know the risks and realities of living with epilepsy.
We don't want anyone to lose their Matt.
Tomorrow is Matt's birthday. 
A mile-marker in our journey through grief.
Having something constructive and positive to focus on is important when we reach days like this. So, in honor of Matt's birthday, we've put together another live-stream fundraiser once again benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation. This time, we're playing games in the Metroid franchise, another Nintendo favorite that Corey and Matt grew up with. 
We'd really love for you to tune in! There will be lots of laughter, memories, and awesome game play! Even Corey and Matt's mom, Lisa, and sister, Leslie, will be there playing one of the games! How cool is that?

The stream starts tomorrow at 10:00 am CST on the Moblins For Matt Twitch channel 
and will go till we've finished playing all five games:
We'll also be raffling off some really awesome Metroid-themed items that were generously donated (including the impossible to buy NES Classic Edition + NES Classic Controller):

16" x 20" Hand Signed Metallic Metroid Print by Barrett Biggers
Pair of 8"x10" Samus Aran Prints by Room B31
An NES Classic Edition with additional NES Classic Controller
To make a donation, visit our fundraising page on the Epilepsy Foundation's website here! A donation of $10 or more enters you to win one of the two prints. A donation of $20 or more will enter you to win either the prints or the NES Classic Edition bundle! Be sure to use the hashtag #MoblinsRaffle in the donation message to complete your entry and share on social media!
Winners will be announced after the stream ends on our 
It would mean so much if you'd tune in, donate, and spread Matt's story. It's an incredibly difficult journey but the outpouring of support from family and friends keeps all of us going.

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