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TEEN DEVELOPS VIDEO GAME TO HELP FIND CURE FOR JUVENILE MYOSITIS

SANTA MONICA, CA (October 7, 2013) – 16-year-old Owen Leddy has developed a computer game called Pathogen Wars to give teens a first-hand view of the intense internal battles waged by their immune system.  But what began as a hobby soon turned serious when a classmate was diagnosed with a life-threatening autoimmune disease. 

Leddy’s classmate had been diagnosed with Juvenile Myositis (JM).  Juvenile Myositis is an incurable, life-threatening disease.  Each year, about 1,000 children are diagnosed.  JM can cause muscle pain, weakness, fatigue and can attack nearly all systems of the body.  JM often causes a wide range of medical complications.  It can be treatable, but oftentimes the treatments are worse than the disease itself.    

“I was diagnosed with JM when I was 15 years old,” says Leddy’s classmate Anna Ramsey.  “Learning to balance my school life, doctors' appointments and medications has been a struggle, but knowing so many people are working towards a cure gives me hope.”

“I knew from the beginning that I wanted Pathogen Wars to raise money for medical research,” says Leddy.  “When I learned that Anna had JM, I saw it as a chance to make a difference in a way that would help someone I know personally.” 

So Leddy developed Pathogen Wars, a computer game about a healthy immune system.  Pathogen Wars is an action-packed game in which the player takes control of a variety of types of white blood cells and wages battle against a formidable host of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other microscopic foes.  Featuring a total of 27 missions, Pathogen Wars puts the player in the midst of one of nature’s most intense battlegrounds and at the heart of the sophisticated systems that defend our bodies from disease. 

Pathogen Wars is scheduled for release on Novmber 1st and will be available at Mac App Store. Players will be able to download the game to PC or Mac for $1.99. 100% of proceeds from Pathogen Wars will go to Cure JM Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Juvenile Myositis (JM). 

“Cure JM Foundation doesn’t get the attention it deserves,” says Leddy.  “I thought I could make a difference.” 

To download Pathogen Wars visit gamefaceinteractive.com.  If you have a Mac computer, open the App Store application, type "Pathogen Wars" in the search bar.  You can then purchase the game.

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Pathogen Wars Screenshots

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About Cure JM

Cure JM Foundation is a volunteer-managed nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Juvenile Myositis (JM).  JM is a group of rare and incurable, life-threatening autoimmune conditions affecting approximately 17,000 children in the U.S. alone.  The Cure JM mission is to provide support for families coping with JM, raise awareness of JM, and fund research that will ultimately lead to a cure. Cure JM is the only organization that is solely dedicated to JM research and JM families. 

Through nationwide grassroots fundraising efforts, over $5 million has been raised for Cure JM Foundation since 2003. These funds have been used to help establish JM research centers at Chicago Children's Memorial Research Center and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., to fund a wide range of genetic and JM treatment studies, and to provide research fellowships. Cure JM’s goal is to never, ever let another child suffer with Juvenile Myositis. With your help, we believe it is a goal that’s well within our reach.  For more information on Cure JM visit www.curejm.org. Cure JM Foundation is a tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Service code 501(c)(3).

About Pathogen Wars:

  • Contact Owen Leddy at 310-801-3863 or . or call: (202) 596-6267

About Game Face Interactive:

  • Game Face Interactive is an independent game studio composed of students, including Leddy
  • Read more and contact them at www.gamefaceinteractive.com

About Juvenile Myositis and Cure JM:

  • Contact Cure JM Foundation at or call: (202) 596-6267

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