Gen Con is partnering with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant a child’s wish to come to the convention in Indianapolis Thursday through Sunday. Twelve-year-old Drake Kiderlen of Troy, Missouri, who is battling a Pineal Parenchymal Tumor, will attend Gen Con this year on an all-expenses-paid trip with his family.
Drake told Make-A-Wish that he wanted to go to Gen Con to play Dungeon and Dragons, and learn about new board games.
Drake will kick off Gen Con by helping Gen Con Co-owner Peter Adkison with the annual Roll of the Dice, which officially opens the convention on Thursday at 10 am.
He will also have opportunities to play Foam Weapon Fighting, D&D and other role playing games, attend a board game event and a fantasy-themed improv comedy show.
“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, in a news release. “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’s wish will be the first time a wish is granted at Gen Con.