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MechWarrior Online developers raise over $100K for Cancer research

MechWarrior Online developer Piranha Games successfully raised over $100,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society through the sale of "Sarah's Mech," a custom Jenner Class Chassis Champion class created in honor of five-year-old Sarah Parries who passed away from Cancer earlier in the year.

The specially-made mech is available to the MechWarrior community for $10, with net proceeds donated to the Cancer society in Sarah's name.

"Sarah's story touched us all and we are so grateful and amazed by the generous global outpouring of support in her name," Vice President of Revenue Development at the Canadian Cancer Society Ron Kuehl told GameInformer. "It's truly heartening that something positive is coming from such a tragic situation."

Parries and her dad played MechWarrior Online together. According to a post on the MechWarrior forums, she "loved speeding around with night-vision and lots of medium lasers so she could 'get 'em good' blazing through the Inner Sphere with her father Jon. Sarah was an excellent sport and shared her dad's passion for BattleTech."

"When we first had the idea for Sarah's Jenner we thought that ten thousand dollars would be a number we could all be proud of," Bryan Ekman, creative director of Piranha Games, told GameInformer. "The response from the MechWarrior community and from the games industry at large has been overwhelming. We can't thank everyone enough for unifying in this effort to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society and cancer research."

You can purchase Sarah's Jenner through until Aug. 20. You can check out the official campaign right here.

As of press time, $102,230 has been collected for the charity.