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Bethesda Grants Wish Of Terminally Ill 12-Year-Old Who Wanted To Play Fallout 76 Early

Bethesda Grants Wish Of Terminally Ill 12-Year-Old Who Wanted To Play Fallout 76 Early

Playing Fallout 76 is one of the only things Wes wants to so. Most people will be able to and won't have to wait long for the November release, but for this 12-year old - that wait might be a little too long.

Wes, from Hampton Roads, Virginia, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at just five years old, and has fought the rare form of cancer ever since. Unfortunately, doctors told his family that the illness has progressed too far for treatment, which would only do more harm than good at this stage.

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Although Wes "is not mad anymore and he is not scared," "among the very short list he gave, one of the things was that he wanted to inspire others to help sea-life and clean the oceans," says his mum.

Credit: Wes' Fight Against Neuroblastoma
Credit: Wes' Fight Against Neuroblastoma

Something else he wished for was to experience Bethesda's upcoming Fallout 76, and was heartbroken after realising "that he probably would never get to play the Power Armor Edition of the new Fallout 76 game he had preordered.

"He brought it up multiple times in the following days [after coming off treatment]" but, "Thanks to Martino Cartier, Wes didn't have to wait. Bethesda's (the company that makes the game) very own Matt Grandstaff drove 4 hours from Maryland to our home to hand deliver this surprise.

"He spent the day at our house watching Wes play, making him the first person in the world outside of the video game industry employees to play. He also received the first prototype of the power armor helmet that will be included in the new release, only his was signed by Todd Howard of Bethesda himself.

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Credit: Wes' Fight Against Neuroblastoma
Credit: Wes' Fight Against Neuroblastoma

"While he doesn't get to keep the game because it's too early, just those hours of playtime made him happier than you know HUGE thank you to Martino and the team at Bethesda for jumping through hoops to make this happen for him :heart::heart::heart: It means the world to us and him."

It's not the first time Bethesda has granted the wish of a terminally-ill child, and it certainly won't be the last. They've been known to allow ill children to visit their studio, but Wes is too sick to travel so they came to him instead.

"We have had a lot of them wish to come to our studio," Todd Howard said told EuroGamer. "That's a good - you want a reality check at work, you're doing your day-to-day and then a family comes in with their child... They can wish for anything and they've come to your studio because they want to see how you make their favourite game and they want to play it. It is by far the greatest thing that we do.

Credit: Wes' Fight Against Neuroblastoma
Credit: Wes' Fight Against Neuroblastoma

"We don't talk about it a lot," he said. "I am now but it's a very private thing. The one takeaway is the family - because they always come in with their family - they think it's just a fun 'this is what my child wants to do', but then they see this operation of hundreds of people and what we're doing and how passionate we are, and they leave with this new connection with their child and it is... it's seriously magical. It's the greatest thing we do."

We can't applaud Bethesda enough for their actions and hope that Fallout 76 was everything Wes imagined. If you would like to donate to Wes' Go Fund Me Page, click here.

Featured Image Credit: Wes' Fight Against Neuroblastoma

Topics: Entertainment, Fallout 76, Bethesda, Technology, Cancer

Matthew McGladdery

Matthew McGladdery graduated with a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Salford University, where he worked at Revolution 96.2, Global Radio, and Fleetwood F.C. When he left university, he took on the role of co-editor for the Salfordian and worked as freelancer for the likes of BBC Sport. He continues to work in sport but loves talking all things Xbox, PS4, and PC just as much.