**Update** Ezra Chatterton passed away on Oct. 20, 2008. Read his father’s tribute HERE.
[For those tuning in: Ezra was diagnosed with brain cancer in Spring 2007. The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted his wish to spend a day with Blizzard Entertainment to develop his own character for the game (like Ahab Wheathoof pictured below, his quest and his fiery weapon, pictured below). I've been posting updates every few months (see below) because of the interest from thousands of WoW fans everywhere.]
Last Thursday, Ezra suffered a stroke that for a time left him unable to wake fully or communicate, Micah writes. The tumor that had been shrinking is regrowing quickly. He’s on a high-dose of medication and still has pain, vision problems, lethargy and right-side weakness. It’s looking grave but Ezra remains optimistic. Says Micah:
“Up until last week, Ezra was doing as well as he’d ever been, and one of his favorite pastimes was to try to work out every conceivable talent combination for our Ephoenix and a few of our other characters once Wrath of the Lich King comes out. As soon as he’d settled on one build, and weighed all the arguments for and against it, a new beta would come out, and the process would begin again. WOW has been a consistent comfort to him through his cancer, something that he can devote himself to mentally, whether his body agrees or not.”
Micah’s personal note to fans everywhere:
To all of you WoW players and others who have kept Ezra in your thoughts and prayers through this last year and a half, please believe that your support has helped us immensely. Ezra has already outstretched the doctors’ expectations for his health by a mile. Your kindness has been a big part of that, along with the generosity of Blizzard, the steadfastness of family, and the astonishing optimism of Ezra himself. We hope that he continues to prove the doctors wrong. Please keep him in your thoughts always. Thank you all.
Micah and Ezra are still optimistic that the new treatments will work. I still hope to interview Ezra someday when he’s developing a game for Blizzard.
If you want to send Ezra a personal note, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Ezra coverage: