On May 2nd, 2014, Robert Dal Bianco was on his way home from a showing of Captain America: Winter Soldier when, merely 50 yards from the driveway of his home, he was hit by a vehicle and passed away at the age of 32.
A few months later, on August 7th, Robert’s brother, Ronnie “Skizzle” Dal Bianco, 37, decided he would honor his late brother by holding a 24-hour stream in Robert’s name that would benefit the AbleGamers Charity. The first annual Robert Dal Bianco Memorial Live Stream featured giveaways from EA, Respawn Entertainment, and Prima Games, among others, and raised $2,200 for AbleGamers that helped provide grants to help people with disabilities enjoy gaming. Last year’s marathon, the second annual, took in $3,367 in donations, 100% of which goes directly to the AbleGamers Charity.
“I wanted to do something positive with my gaming. I want to do something fun and something that’s going to make an impact and feel good about helping others,” Ronnie said, when asked about the inspiration behind his annual marathons. “I wanted to do something for AbleGamers, and I wanted to do it in my brother’s honor, and so I did.”