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Howard County teen raises $2k for Johns Hopkins Children's Center through Super Mario gaming marathon

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Posted at 6:52 AM, Jul 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-20 08:34:12-04

COLUMBIA, HOWARD COUNTY — Theo Lazarou of Columbia is using his passion for video games to raise money for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. He just recently finished a 24-hour Super Mario gaming marathon on the popular live streaming platform, Twitch.

The incoming UMBC freshman more than doubled his goal and was able to raise $700. This is the second gaming marathon that Theo has particpated in. Overall, he has raised approximately $2,000 to support pediatric leukemia research. Theo looks forward to continuing gaming marathons and raising additional money for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

"They are near and dear to me because Johns Hopkins is where I was born. I've seen many young kids have their lives taken early on by leukemia, so anything I can do to help, maybe contribute to one day finding a cure is just awesome. I love that i can do it with my passion," Lazarou said.

If you would like to support Theo's cause, click here. You can also follow him on Twitch under the username "HexSpeedruns."