ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - An Albuquerque man who lost his young son to a fatal birth defect is on a mission to prevent other families going through the same ordeal. And he's doing it all in a unique way.
Art, charity and video games about fighting are coming together Friday night, at the Metropolis Comic Art Gallery on Mountain Road.
It is a charity art gallery of arcade-style fighting images, drawings, paintings and digital art. The event was organized by Ian Donmoyer.
Donmoyer, an avid video gamer and artist, is raising money to help spread awareness about congenital heart defects. He says they are the most common birth defects, affecting one in 100 kids.
It took the life of his own son, James Donmoyer, at the age of 2 months, in 2011. For the past few months, Donmoyer has gathered 24 artists from across the country to submit their artwork. There are over 50 pieces in total.
Donmoyer says all the artists seemed excited to tap into their childhood love of video games and support the good cause. He says his goal is to push for more early detection of congenital heart defects.
“I hope it's big for local gamers...I hope they come out and enjoy this and I hope this not only benefits other families but also spreads awareness," Donmoyer said.
Doors open Friday at 6:00 p.m. and the video game tournament starts Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
All proceeds will go to benefit two charities: Save Babies Through Screening Foundation and March of Dimes, which is trying to make pulse oxygen test screening mandatory in New Mexico.
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