For the first time in his professional streaming career, content creator Nick 'NICKMERCS' Kolcheff will be hosting a live charity stream on his popular Twitch channel.
The charity stream will be to raise money and awareness for Prader-Willi syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes obesity, intellectual disability, and shortness in height.
All of the money raised through donations received during the stream will go towards the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research, a non-profit organization established in 2013, whose mission is to "eliminate the challenges of PWS through the advancement of research and therapeutic development."
The charity stream will take place on Saturday, December 8 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET live on NICKMERCS' Twitch channel, which we will also include here once things kick off.
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With fewer than 20,000 cases per year in the United States, PWS is categorized as a very rare disorder, which may be part of the reason why talk of it in the public square has taken a backseat to other, more well-known health issues.
Well, NICKMERCS is out to change all that, as he and his family have been directly and severely affected by PWS. His cousin, Marco Kolcheff, is a patient of PWS, and with there being no cure, he has to be under constant care.
In a video published on Nick's YouTube channel, the popular streamer offers a rare glimpse into his personal life away from the entertainment and gaming, as he, Marco, and several other key family members bravely opened up about how their lives have changed due to PWS.
In the video, Nick explains that this charity stream will be the first installment of what he's calling the 'MFAM Project,' a series of charity efforts that will raise money and inspire discussion about any difficulties and issues that he, his family, or his streaming community may be going through.
"To keep it simple, it's just a series of charity events that we're going to be doing on stream," he explained. "But I want to document it. I want to look back when I'm older and say 'hey we did this and this is how we did it.'"
"Nick has been wanting to do something like this for a long time," said talent manager Justin Miclat, "And after the amazing year he had, we all felt like it was time to turn the MFAM Project from concept to reality."
Nick's management team, composed of Justin and his partners Stever Clerge and Justin LeCesne at The Kinetic Group, have been hard at work over the past few months in helping Nick put this charity project together.
"The MFAM Project is charity taken to a whole new level," they said, "It will really open some eyes about the massive impact streamers can have on some of the world's biggest and toughest issues."