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Online Memorial Planned for Joel Green, Who Inspired ‘That Dragon, Cancer’



On March 13, 2014, Ryan Green, one of the developers behind the heartbreaking adventure game That Dragon, Cancer, announced on Twitter that his 5-year old son Joel, who had been battling cancer since age 1, had passed away

My son Joel took his last breath at 1:52 am this morning.

— Ryan (@ryangreen8) March 13, 2014

Ryan Green and his co-developer Josh Larson surprised everyone after they first began demo-ing a game called That Dragon, Cancer sometime last year. It was an intimate, heartbreaking lens into the Green family’s experiences in raising their son Joel, who was diagnosed with Atypical Teratoid Rhabdoid Tumour four years ago and has been fighting cancer ever since.

“It is a video game composed of pain and hope,” Ryan wrote on the game’s website. “It is a story about my son. It is a script written day by day.”

In the very last update on Joel’s website before the announcement of his passing, his mother Amy wrote about how medical personnel had advised in favor of continuous IV pain medication, before going on to tell them to “come off the steroids” as they were toxic, painful, and would, at most, only provide Joel with a few extra days Read more…

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