Gen Con and Make-A-Wish Grant First-of-its-Kind Wish

Make-A-Wish and Gen Con have partnered together to bring a Missouri boy’s wish to attend the convention come true . The Make-A-Wish organization works tirelessly to grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses. With the help of donors, supporters, staff and nearly 40,000 volunteers across the U.S., the company grants a wish every 34 minutes, on average, somewhere in the country.

This August, twelve-year-old Drake Kiderlen of Troy, MO, who is battling a Pineal Parenchymal Tumor, will be attending Gen Con on an all-expenses-paid trip with members of his family. Drake’s wish will be the first time a wish is granted at Gen Con.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Drake and his family to Gen Con to experience gaming and all that our convention has to offer,” said David Hoppe, Gen Con President. “We are honored to work with Make-A-Wish to give Drake the best four days of gaming, and to make his trip to Indianapolis a memorable event.”

Drake will be celebrating his thirteenth birthday at the convention Friday, August 2 and will have the opportunity to enjoy the 520 exhibiting game companies, hundreds of newly released games, and choice of 18,000 ticketed events during the four-day convention in the Indiana Convention Center.

When was asked what his wish would be, Drake told Make-A-Wish that he wanted more than anything else to go to Gen Con to play Dungeon and Dragons, and learn about new board games. As part of his experience, Drake will be joining Gen Con co-owner Peter Adkison in the annual Roll of the Dice, which officially opens the convention on Thursday, August 1 at 10 am. Drake will also be attending several games and events of his choosing, including Foam Weapon Fighting, D&D and other roleplaying games, a board game event, and a fantasy-themed improv comedy show.

Thi is wonderful news and I truly hope Drake has a fantastic time. If you would like to learn more about the Make-A-Wish America organization, visit

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