YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown’s Alex Rodriguez, like many around the world, wanted to develop a hobby to keep himself busy during quarantine. So, he turned his attention toward video games.
Using the Amazon-owned Twitch, Rodriguez broadcasts himself playing his favorite games while interacting in real time with his followers. Rodriguez, whose mom, Helena, has Parkinson’s disease, realized this platform was an ideal way to raise awareness and funds for issues near to his heart.
“Even though it’s a small platform, why not use the small platform for charity?” said Rodriguez, who streams under the username ARODKCCO.
Beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, Rodriguez hosted a 24-hour Twitch stream. His friends took over when he needed to nap or eat, but Rodriguez played “Call of Duty” for nearly a day straight. Throughout, he asked his followers to donate to the American Parkinson Disease Association. When it was time to end his broadcast, Rodriguez had raised $2,195.
“Because of my mom having Parkinson’s disease, I’m always trying to give back,” Rodriguez said. “APDA, they raise money for Parkinson’s disease to try to combat it and raise awareness for it.”