Bethesda Lets Cancer Patient Play Fallout 76 Early, Then Quietly Donates $10,000

A Fallout Fan’s Last Wish

Bethesda’s Matt Grandstaff drove down to Virginia, and in tow, he had a copy of Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition. The purpose of the trip was to let a terminally ill patient play the game early, a boy by the name of Wes.

Later on, members of the Fallout 76 community discovered a large donation to Wes’ GoFundMe page. A perusal of the top donations on the right shows Bethesda Softworks and a lump sum of $10,000. The money was raised to cover hefty living expenses behind stage 4 Neuroblastoma. Wes was diagnosed with the illness when he was five-years-old and has lived with it for most of his life. Wes passed away earlier this month. But before he departed, he had the chance to play Fallout 76 before the game even reached beta. He and Grandstaff sat at his home for several hours, presumably exploring every nook and cranny of wasteland Virginia. Alongside their GoFundMe contribution, Bethesda Softworks left a hartfelt comment.

“You have been an inspiration to the Fallout community and everyone at Bethesda,” the studio’s comment said. “We will miss you, Wes. #WesStrong forever!”

“Bethesda’s (the company that makes the game) very own Matt Grandstaff drove 4 hours from Maryland to our home to hand deliver this surprise,” said a Facebook post from Wes’ Fight Against Neuroblastoma. “He spent the day at our house watching Wes play, making him the first person in the world outside of the video game industry employees to play. He also received the first prototype of the power armor helmet that will be included in the new release, only his was signed by Todd Howard of Bethesda himself.”

Wes had pre-ordered the Power Armor Edition of Fallout 76 after the game was announced. He was afraid he wouldn’t have the chance to experience it, however. Luckily, Grandstaff found the time to make the boy’s wish a reality. While he couldn’t let Wes keep a copy of the game, he did leave the Power Armor helmet as a gift, and it was signed by Bethesda’s own Todd Howard.