Here's one from the "video game-induced charity"-department, recently dominated by Penny Arcade's Child Play: The PJStar has an article on a recent Playstation 2 tournament in Washington which was organized to raise some money for the American Cancer society. It was originally initiated by the parents and friends of Ryan Bates, who lost his battle against leukemia about 3 years ago at the age of 20. Playing games was his favourite hobby, and playing games is done to "celebrate his life."
"This gets everyone together doing something he loved," Giersch said. "It makes people aware that this happens to those close to you, but it's also a fun way to honor him."
This was already the second tournament and no less than 82 gamers participated, playing titles such as Dance Dance Revolution and Madden Football. Those not interested in videogames could enjoy some Bingo or bid for items donated by the community and a number of sponsors. Seems like a great idea and way to cope with such a loss. Maybe an event to support and join next year if you happen to live in or near that area.