MechWarrior Online Honors 5-Year-Old Cancer Victim With Mech
Piranha Games and Infinite Game Publishing are honoring the passing of one of the youngest and most talented Canadian pilots in MechWarrior Online, a five-year-old named Sarah Marie Alida Parries.
A custom Jennfer Class Chassic Champion Mech, dubbed “Sarah’s Mech” is now available for pilots to purchase for $10 through August 20, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society. Proceeds from the sales of Sarah’s ‘Mech will be kept in a running, real-time rally on the the game’s official website. Additionally, a dedicated web page where people will be able to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society and to equivalent internationally recognized cancer societies is now live at alongside the FAQ page.
“Sarah’s Mech” is equipped with a Sarah-themed custom exterior design, and comes loaded with a 10 percent XP Boost. This is the one and only time that MechWarriors around the world can purchase this exclusive Charity Mech and show their support to the ongoing fight against cancer.
The five-year-old Vancouver native loved piloting the Jenner Mech in MechWarrior Online with her dad, Jon Parries. According to the press release, she loved calling enemies “baddies” and both she and her dad dominated the playing field in the game’s current Open Beta. Her favorite Mech class is said to have been the Jenner with streak SRMs because she “liked to move fast, lock on, and liked using night vision,” according to her dad.
“Sarah’s passion for ‘Mechs and her battle with cancer had a profound impact everyone at Piranha,” said Russ Bullock, president of Piranha Games. “She was an inspiration with her passion and energy for the game and our hearts and deepest condolences go out to her family. The outpouring of heartfelt sympathy from the MechWarrior community and the support and encouragement we’ve received to develop this unique ‘Mech has been nothing short of incredible. We have the best fans in the world.”
President of Infinite Game Publishing Kelly Zmak said, “Sarah touched the hearts of everyone at IGP. We’re extremely grateful for the opportunity to do something in her honor. Thank you to the Parries for working with us to make this a possibility, and our utmost gratitude to our community for supporting this endeavor.”