Cancer sucks: Donate for a chance to win a GTX 1080!

Subject: Editorial | September 12, 2016 - 12:13 PM |
Tagged: sweepstakes, giveaway, contest, cancer, amy

Every once in a while I call upon our amazing community to help out someone in need. We have done raffles for the Down Syndrome Association, others to support members that have suffered heart attacks, and now I ask for your help in supporting my own family. My sister-in-law, a 30 year old mother of two amazing children, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer last month. As you might expect in an environment where both parents need to work to support the kids, losing your income from a semi-full-time position can have a dramatic impact.

As a result, I am raffling off an EVGA provided GeForce GTX 1080 ACX 3.0 graphics card worth over $700. In return, I ask that readers and fans of PC Perspective donate to my sister-in-law Amy's GoFundMe campaign with a minimum of $5.00. Getting even a small portion of our audience to pitch in will make a dramatic difference in the family's stability and mind set as she continues with the first several sessions of chemotherapy.

I encourage you to enter the contest below and contribute to the GoFundMe campaign. From all of us at PC Perspective and the Shrout/Roark family: Thank you.

Cancer sucks: Donate for a chance to win a GTX 1080!


September 7, 2016 | 10:47 PM - Posted by YTech

Is that a photo of a 1080 FE in SLI with 1080 ACX?

I didn't know that was possible.

All the best with that personal battle. Let us know the progress. It's not a topic that is often shared with the public.

September 8, 2016 | 10:59 AM - Posted by funandjam

As far as I know, as long as they are both the same GPU, then it can be done. The only thing that might have to be done is tweak settings so each card is matched up in clock speed, memory speed,etc., since many custom cards have OC out of the box.

September 9, 2016 | 01:38 PM - Posted by YTech

Thanks for the info.

On the EVGA forum, I read somewhere that it was best to use the same model and not mix-match. Maybe it's as you suggest, the fine tuning of the frequency, etc.

September 12, 2016 | 01:29 PM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

Nvidia confirms this:

http://www.geforce.com/hardware/technology/sli/faq#c1

"...Can I mix and match graphics cards from different manufacturers?
Using 180 or later graphics drivers, NVIDIA graphics cards from different manufacturers can be used together in an SLI configuration. For example, a GeForce XXXGT from manufacturer ABC can be matched with a GeForce XXXGT from manufacturer XYZ.

Can I mix and match graphics cards if one of them is overclocked by the manufacturer?
Yes. A GeForce XXXX GTX that is overclocked can be mixed with a standard clocked GeForce XXXX GTX. ..."

September 8, 2016 | 12:18 AM - Posted by charles4691

Prayers sent :)

September 8, 2016 | 01:33 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Donated. Heres wishing her a speedy recovery. Make sure she gets a competent doctor PLEASE! Have dealt with such uninformed quackery in recent years both in the USA and Australia.

September 8, 2016 | 03:26 AM - Posted by Anthony R (not verified)

Hello Ryan. I logged on this morning expecting to find the usual kinds of things - but instead I find this. And that's just it - you can never know what's coming. I've spent a great deal of time in hospitals - some for me, some for my girlfriend. It's tiring, and it wears you down. The most important thing is family. Knowing people are there for you is a huge mental boost. I know it's helped the two of us. It is not much at all, and I apologise for that, but I donated $10. I hope just knowing people are touched by your family's story helps in some way over the coming months.

I wish you luck.

September 8, 2016 | 07:27 AM - Posted by ET3D (not verified)

Maybe you could also tweet about this, to get more entries?

I don't really need a 1080, but figured I'd enter. Surprisingly, Gleam let me (I've had problems with Gleam in the past).

I really hope that your sister pulls through.

September 8, 2016 | 07:32 AM - Posted by ET3D (not verified)

(Sister-in-law, that is.)

September 8, 2016 | 08:20 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Fuck cancer.

September 8, 2016 | 08:41 AM - Posted by Mike P

My dad had cancer twice, my mom had it once.. None of the battles were easy, and it eventually beat my Dad. I think of it as the monster. Thanks for allowing us to be apart of this (fighting the monster I mean).

September 8, 2016 | 09:11 AM - Posted by MrAhlefeld (not verified)

Donated. any kind of cancer is bad.. but stage3 :S
I wish her and her family the best, and hopefully a full recovery.

September 8, 2016 | 10:29 AM - Posted by Gunbuster

Thoughts and prayers to your family Ryan.

Props to EVGA for donating a prize, you are a class act.

September 8, 2016 | 10:43 AM - Posted by Gunbuster

Also F insurance deductibles. How do you recover from something big with cray cray bills to pay hanging over your head? I think my plan is like $8000+

September 8, 2016 | 11:03 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I don't need the 1080 but I'll still be donating. I wish the best for your sister-in-law and her family.

September 8, 2016 | 01:54 PM - Posted by spartibus

Wishing your family the best.

September 8, 2016 | 03:05 PM - Posted by Maonayze (not verified)

Best wishes to your sister-in-law dude. Hope things work out and go well. Just donated. I know what it's like to have a close family member suffer from this.

pob lwc Amy

September 8, 2016 | 03:25 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Wishing Amy and family all the best

September 8, 2016 | 04:15 PM - Posted by MR SHEHZAAN M ABDULLA (not verified)

What a wonderful way to conduct a giveaway. This is awesome.

September 8, 2016 | 04:53 PM - Posted by Seth Danneman (not verified)

I donated for the "Cause" and I absolutely love this place and everything you guys say. I deleted the email to quickly to apply my code to enter for the drawing, but that doesnt matter! Hope everything and i mean EVERYTHING turns out well!!!

September 8, 2016 | 09:50 PM - Posted by jtiger102

Happy to contribute even without the 1080.

Payers and thoughts to Amy and her family.

Thanks for organizing this, Ryan and Kelly!

September 9, 2016 | 05:59 AM - Posted by Reed (not verified)

I didn't covet the 1080 from the start, as I always had my eye on the 1070, but I might as well enter because why the hell not right? Other than that, I just saw one of my best friends' mom went through the same roller coaster. The only thing that kept them sane was because they know they have enough for the treatment and for the worst-case scenario. 30 bucks isn't much, but I hope you guys to reach the goal.

All the best, Ryan.

September 9, 2016 | 01:51 PM - Posted by mikesheadroom

Best wishes!

September 10, 2016 | 06:23 PM - Posted by BDS (not verified)

Donated twice. One anonymous, and one not. I lost my mother to breast cancer when I was a child. Thankfully, there has been many major advances since then. Best wish and I hope she gets well soon.

September 12, 2016 | 12:17 AM - Posted by BugSmashR

Contributed to the fund. But also might I suggest that those whom have the compute power to spare, and as gamers you know we do, join a Folding@Home team to help the research into protein folding which may help find cures to cancer and other diseases.
Find out more here; http://folding.stanford.edu

Consider joining the PC Perspective Folding Frogs (team #734),
or our friends at [H]ardOCP (team #33), or my team Rage3D (team #64).

To the winner of the GeForce GTX 1080 ACX 3.0 graphics card; Joining the highly ranked folding@evga team (#111065), if not already a member of another, would be a good option to express gratitude to EVGA for supplying this powerhouse of a prize.

Let's all stand up to cancer and crush it out of existence once and for all. Oh, and if you smoke; please quit now. Thanks.

September 12, 2016 | 02:00 PM - Posted by Bryan (not verified)

What do I do if I didn't get a confirmation email?

September 13, 2016 | 10:57 AM - Posted by Barry (not verified)

I donated twice, once anon and once not (my choice, anon was in memory of someone) and never got an e-mail either. Just enter and if you win, you can look at your bank statement to get what they are looking for. Or the organizer of the GoFundMe should be able to see you on the list of donors.

September 12, 2016 | 03:17 PM - Posted by SpeedyVV (not verified)

Was happy to help out.

What a beautiful family.

September 12, 2016 | 05:17 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

My father has cancer also. These treatments are useless. I won't donate anything. Time to come up with the working solutions, not with a money bringing one.

September 13, 2016 | 11:43 AM - Posted by WayneJetSki (not verified)

Cancer really does suck. I was happy to donate some money. Hope she kicks cancers ass.

September 13, 2016 | 03:04 PM - Posted by fvbounty

My wifes sister went through this 15 years ago and is doing Great, keep up the good fight and our prayers are with her!

September 14, 2016 | 10:34 AM - Posted by AaronG (not verified)

Done... good luck to you and your family!

September 15, 2016 | 03:04 AM - Posted by D1RTYD1Z619

I'm pretty broke right now but fuck it. Got to donate something. I'll just take a pb and j to work instead of buying lunch. First world problems.

September 17, 2016 | 05:23 PM - Posted by mikesheadroom

Was a winner ever announced?

September 17, 2016 | 06:01 PM - Posted by Zach (not verified)

was also wanting to know who the winner was, not announced anywhere I know I would like to know who the winner was

September 19, 2016 | 08:56 AM - Posted by MrAhlefeld (not verified)

So who won this thing ??

September 19, 2016 | 09:54 AM - Posted by Barry (not verified)

I know I and a few others never got the confirmation e-mail. So I am thinking maybe there is a delay to confirm the winner donated.

All I can tell you... is the winner wasn't me.

September 20, 2016 | 03:13 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'm wondering if a winner was notified as well.

September 21, 2016 | 10:00 AM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Hey guys, sorry for any issue here.

The first winner didn't respond, and I gave them 48 hours. The second winner did, but asked to not be named - the same option I give to all contest winners here.

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped out with the campaing for Amy. It means a LOT to me and to this family.

September 21, 2016 | 09:15 PM - Posted by Barry (not verified)

Poor first winner. I know I searched my spam folder tirelessly after this post so I don't think it was me.. lol.

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