Election season may be over, but it seems politicians passed along cyberspace-fundraising fever to at least one hospital before the final votes were tallied.
Childrens Hospital Boston recently launched GenerationCures.com, a philanthropic Web site aimed at getting tween-aged kids involved in the hospitals fundraising efforts. The site features online games that build logic, reasoning and critical-thinking skills; animated stories that teach about science and medicine; and kid-directed videos targeting 8- to 12-year-olds.
Kids can access GenerationCures.coms content for free, but as they advance through the games, they are encouraged to ask their parents, other family members and friends to sponsor each new level of play by making a donation to Childrens Hospital Boston. The sponsors names can be posted by each player on an individual, personalized dashboard, and players receive colored bracelets for every $35 they raise in donations.
Money raised through the Web site supports pediatric medical research, according to hospital officials.