Improving lives, finding cures, and having fun.

JDRF’s Northern California chapter began exploring video game fundraising after Dan Connors, a game industry veteran and father of a child with type 1 diabetes (T1D), set up a donation through the online game store Humble Bundle. Excited by the possibilities, the chapter collaborated with Dan and Hans ten Cate, another T1D dad in the game industry, to help get JDRF Game2Give off the ground in 2019.

In 2020, JDRF Game2Give grew into a worldwide initiative and JDRF hired T1D dad and former game industry executive Josh Larson to lead the program. As JDRF Game2Give grows, more and more video game professionals with T1D connections have joined our volunteer group, all with a common goal: to develop creative ways to advance JDRF’s mission of improving lives and finding cures, and to have fun doing it.

To date, JDRF Game2Give has raised more than $3.5M for type 1 diabetes research. Our projects include in-game integrations, livestream fundraisers, game bundles, and esports tournaments.

Our Significant Milestones

March 2019

Dan Connors and Hans ten Cate work with NorCal chapter to hold a preliminary JDRF Game2Give networking event at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

November 2019

First Twitch and Humble Bundle fundraisers raise more than $500K during National Diabetes Awareness Month.

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March 2020

Josh Larson joins JDRF Game2Give team as a volunteer.

June 2020

Inaugural Twitch relay event.

August 2020

First annual Game Over, T1D! community fundraiser.

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October 2020

Josh Larson becomes JDRF Game2Give director.

November 2020

JDRF One World launches on Roblox as a substitute for in-person JDRF One Walks canceled due to COVID-19.

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November 2020

JDRF Game2Give holds weeklong tournament with World Golf Tour.

April 2021

Second annual relay fundraiser gets nearly 1M views on Twitch.

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June 2021

JDRF One World receives major content update in partnership with JDRF UK.

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November 2021

Annual World Golf Tour tournament extends to the entire month of November.

February 2022

Omnipod Bay, a diabetes-friendly island in Animal Crossing™: New Horizons, launches in partnership with Insulet.

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April 2022

Madden esports tournament held with Delta Tau Delta fraternity.

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May 2022

Game Over, T1D! Humble Bundle, featuring games with links to the diabetes community, raises over $250K.

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November 2022

Program cofounders Dan Connors and Hans ten Cate receive the Huntsman Family Community Engagement Award in recognition of their contributions to JDRF.

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February 2023

Annual relay event is newly dubbed Raid for Research.

May 2023

Inaugural Creators for Cures fundraising event raises 4x its original funding goal.

June 2023

JDRF Game2Give program crosses $3M fundraising milestone.

September 2023

JDRF’s leaders & founders receive the Impact Award at JDRF NorCal’s annual Hope Gala.

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Humble’s mission is to support charity while providing awesome games and other digital content to customers at great prices. JDRF Game2Give regularly partners with Humble on game bundles, drawing on our team’s game industry connections to curate content and spread the word about bundles through community Twitch streams. Humble initiatives have raised more than $1.5M for JDRF.

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X Rocker

X Rocker is renowned for redefining home entertainment for gamers across the globe with their huge product offering of gaming chairs, desks, and the world’s first gaming beds. Starting with JDRF Game2Give’s first Twitch fundraiser in 2019, X Rocker has generously donated dozens of headsets, gaming desks, and other items for giveaways and fundraising incentives. X Rocker has a type 1 diabetes connection within its senior leadership, which makes this cause personal to the company.

Limited Run Games

Limited Run Games is a premium publisher of physical games cofounded by Josh Fairhurst, who lives with type 1 diabetes. Limited Run’s support of JDRF Game2Give has included donations of rare collector’s edition games as giveaways for our streaming events hosted on their Twitch channel. Through this partnership, Josh and Limited Run have raised more than $35K for JDRF.

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World Golf Tour

World Golf Tour is the #1 top rated 3D online sports game, with more than 15M players across the globe. It’s free to play on Windows PC, Mac, or your favorite mobile device (iOS, Android, Amazon). Since 2020, JDRF Game2Give has partnered with World Golf Tour to hold open charity tournaments during National Diabetes Awareness Month in November. Across three tournaments, nearly 150,000 players in 192 countries have competed to be the best!

Game Asset Bundle

Game Asset Bundle is a ragtag collective of independent, creative humans assembled under a generic, unassuming name, with a mission of making art, music, and more for video game developers and other media. Since 2020, they have supported JDRF with multiple Humble Bundles and themed game jams, raising more than $120,000 to date.

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We’re always looking to expand our network. If you’re in the game industry and have a T1D connection, we want to hear from you!

Meet Our Team

Our goal is GAME OVER for T1D.

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Josh Larson

JDRF Game2Give Director
Josh Larson
Josh has over two decades of experience in the game industry, with a focus on scaling innovative businesses and brands. He has held executive roles with Kongregate, Mochi Media, and GameSpot, leading each to beneficial acquisitions. Driving success for independent game developers is a common thread in his career, as Josh has published Editors’ Choice award-winning games that collectively have hundreds of millions of downloads, including Peter Molyneux’s The Trail, idle game pioneer AdVenture Capitalist, and Fox’s Animation Throwdown. Josh is honored to serve as JDRF Game2Give’s first Director, which he regards as the most important job of his career. 

Dan Connors

Cofounder & Advisory Council Chair
Dan Connors
Dan is a video game industry pioneer and visionary who has played a key role in driving the evolution of digital distribution, episodic game production, and interactive narrative. Dan started his career at LucasArts in 1993, moving from QA to production before founding Telltale Games in 2004 to focus on narrative games. During Dan’s tenure as CEO, the studio released notable games including Sam & Max, The Walking Dead (winner of 80+ Game of the Year awards), and The Wolf Among Us. Today, Dan uses his skills in development, marketing, and innovation to craft mutually beneficial relationships between JDRF and the video game industry. He is also a partner in the independent studio Skunkape Games, and he serves as a consultant for other game companies.
Hans ten Cate

Hans ten Cate

Cofounder & Advisory Council Vice Chair
Hans ten Cate
Hans has been a video game industry executive for over twenty years. He has served in creative and business roles at PlayStation and Electronic Arts, where he designed, produced, and published video games for several franchises (including The Sims and The Simpsons). He is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Game Developers Association and was most recently the COO of augmented reality gaming company Tilt Five. He and his family care deeply about JDRF’s mission to create a world without T1D, which has led to them volunteering for numerous initiatives, including JDRF Game2Give. Hans also currently serves as President of JDRF’s Northern California Chapter Community Board.

Emily Morganti

Strategic Consultant
Emily Morganti
Emily is a marketing and public relations consultant with almost twenty years of experience in the video game industry. Since 2009, she has consulted with indie studios to develop and execute PR campaigns for more than 120 games for PC, mobile, and consoles, specializing in adventure games and story-heavy games in other genres. Before that, Emily managed press and community relations for Telltale Games, reporting to Telltale’s then-CEO, Dan Connors. When Dan asked for her help establishing the JDRF Game2Give community and organizing the program’s first Twitch event in 2019, she signed on for a three-month contract and never left.
Monique and her little white dog, Wally, standing in front of a body of water.

Monique Hughes

Community Manager
Monique Hughes
Monique joined JDRF Game2Give in 2022, bringing more than ten years of experience in peer-to-peer fundraising and event management. In her work for major nonprofits such as the American Lung Association and Zoological Society of Milwaukee, Monique helped raise over $10M to support various research, advocacy, education, and conservation efforts. Most recently, Monique served as the National Special Events Manager at the Epilepsy Foundation of America, where her responsibilities included establishing and solely managing a livestreaming program that raised $40K in revenue in its first year.

As JDRF Game2Give’s community manager, Monique oversees planning and execution of all our streaming events, manages our Discord server and social media, engages and grows our community, and regularly streams on the JDRF Twitch channel. Monique is a longtime gamer—it all started when she was six, playing Super Mario World on Super Nintendo, and continued in middle school when she played Battlefield 1942 on PC as a member of a Top 25 ranked guild. Today, Monique’s favorite games include Fortnite, anything Mario or Legends of Zelda, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, The Sims 3, The Elder Scrolls V: Skryim, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. 

Emily Riley

Northern California Chapter Liaison
Emily Riley
Emily joined the JDRF Northern California Chapter in 2015 and is currently Director of Donor Relations. Emily works closely with the chapter’s executive team and volunteer leadership to strengthen stewardship while engaging and growing their pipeline of major gifts. She has worked with JDRF Game2Give since 2020, bringing her extensive knowledge of peer-to-peer fundraising to our initiatives and helping us secure critical support internally from JDRF and externally from corporate sponsors. Emily is also a longtime gamer, with favorites including The Last of Us, God of War, Ratchet and Clank, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
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Isaac Maier

Roblox Developer
Isaac Maier
Isaac has been involved in Roblox development since 2020, with credits such as Chipotle’s spine-chilling “Boorito” Halloween event, live concerts featuring Tai Vaerdes and Zara Larsson, and the parkour battle royale game Jump Kingdoms. He first worked with JDRF Game2Give in 2021, as a designer on JDRF One World’s UK update, and joined the team more formally in 2022. As our in-house Roblox expert, Isaac lends his skills in game design, 3D modeling, environment design, and production to further evolve JDRF One World, with contributions including the Quest for the Golden Rufus treasure hunt, the Children’s Congress sidequest in Washington, DC, and the Charity Walk Simulator expansion.

Tom Schoen

Business Development Consultant
Tom Schoen
A born networker and matchmaker, Tom has been in the industry for the last eleven years, working with several indie developers, media outlets, and other gaming companies in various commercial roles. Alongside this, Tom also cofounded Rangemu, a not-for-profit entity aimed at matching Dutch and Japanese companies for mutually beneficial partnerships and co-organizing the Holland Pavilion at the Tokyo Game Show. Tom excels at building long-lasting relationships and has seemingly endless knowledge about the gaming industry and its workings. Whether you need to connect to a certain type of company, need feedback on a project, or want to have a nice chat about classic RPGs, Tom is a great person to talk to.

Trisha Lee

Business Development Consultant
Trisha Lee
Trisha is an avid indie game lover and seasoned business developer in the game industry. During her tenure as Senior Business Development Manager at Kepler Interactive, she spearheaded scouting for publishing, project financing, and other commercial offerings of Kepler Group. Prior to this, at Utomik, she had a blast formulating the content strategy for the platform and building a portfolio of 1,400+ premium PC titles in a team of two. Currently, as the cofounder of the gaming biz dev consultancy firm PATI, she is facilitating fundraising sales and bundles for charity organizations, connecting her passion for games and social impact. Beyond her professional pursuits, Trisha finds joy in painting, solving puzzles, and engaging in lively discussions about food, anime, and offbeat indie treasures.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes (often shortened to “T1D”) is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. And, at present, there is no cure. Approximately 8.7M people have type 1 diabetes worldwide, a number expected to grow to 17.4M by 2040.

With T1D, the pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone the body needs to get energy from food. This means a process the body does naturally and automatically becomes something that now requires daily attention and manual intervention. People with T1D must constantly monitor their blood-sugar level, inject insulin or infuse it through a pump, and carefully balance these insulin doses with eating and activity throughout the day and night.

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What is JDRF’s mission?
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D. Our mission is to improve lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent, and treat T1D and its complications.
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How is the money raised by JDRF Game2Give used?
All of the money we raise with JDRF Game2Give initiatives supports JDRF and vital T1D research. While insulin keeps people with T1D alive and can help keep blood-glucose levels within recommended range, it is not a cure. Our research is focused on finding a cure. Until we do, the advancements we’re making every day ease the burden of those living with the disease.
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Is JDRF Game2Give participation limited to people and companies in the US?
Not at all! Although most of our team is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and we work closely with JDRF’s Northern California and national US offices, JDRF Game2Give is an international program with community members from all over the world. This map shows the global reach of one of our streaming events.
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