Keep Mr. Iwata in all our hearts & minds and help the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation!
On July 11th, 2015, Satoru Iwata, the former president and CEO of Nintendo, passed away from cholangiocarcinoma - bile duct cancer. He helped develop many of the games I grew up loving, and shaped the ones I continue to play to this day. His death came as a complete shock to me (and, I'm sure, to many other Nintendo fans). I racked my brain thinking of what I could do to honor his memory.
When I originally knit toys and hats to give away as prizes during the Games Done Quick marathons, the most popular were always Kirby plushies. I understand the appeal - he's so cute, and he has several different looks and abilities. Then it hit me: Mr. Iwata had been very important in developing the Kirby series; knitting a set of Kirby plushies would be the perfect thing to show my appreciation for his involvement with the series.
Then I had an even better idea: what if I sold the Kirbies, and gave the proceeds from the sales to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation?
During August 2015, I took orders for custom knitted Kirby plushies. Each Kirby cost $20, and 100% of each order went directly to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation on September 1st.
In 2016, unfortunately, no one ordered a Kirby. Still, I made good on my word and donated $20 of my own money in memory of Satoru Iwata. The receipt for this donation is below.