Kids are made for fun.

Their bodies are designed to tear through their childhood, kicking up a storm of chaos and laughter.

When a child gets sidelined with life threatening or long term illness, not only do they have to face pain, suffering and fears that no child should have to endure, but they are trapped inside a body that denies them their natural state of play.

Fortunately, technology can bring a child who is sick a little bit of freedom.

Through their fingers and a 4.3” screen, they can run, jump, kick and scream – they can play unhindered in a virtual playground.

So, for this installment of Blogs Can Change Lives, we are partnering with PlayStation to bring PSP® (PlayStation Portable) systems to kids with life threatening or long term illnesses.

With your help, we are going to find TEN kids who are dealing with serious illness and periods of hospitalization and gift them each with a PSP Bundle.

When those kids touch their slick, new, portable pieces of gaming beauty, they will have something to jump up and down about.

Hey – they might even cry happy tears over their totally cool new toy. And, why not?

The new PSPs are insanely cool!

The PSP sets a new standard for entertainment on the go, with the first truly integrated handheld entertainment system designed to handle multiple applications — games, music, video, photo, Internet, wireless connectivity and more. You can even Skype on a PSP!!!

A PlayStation Portable will bring a sick child a ton of fun that they truly deserve.

Whether trapped in a hospital room or stuck home in bed, a kid can be a kid with their very own PSP.

What Each Child Will Receive

We have TEN PSP® Bundles to distribute to seriously ill children and teenagers who face extended periods of time bedridden and/or hospitalized.

Five of those selected recipients will receive the limited-edition Daxter™ PSP® Entertainment Pack.

The Daxter™ package, (which is rated “E” for everyone and is available for $199.99 MSRP,) delivers an all-in-one portable entertainment experience right out of the box, including:

  • A new “Ice Silver” colored PSP system
  • The action-packed “Greatest Hits” game, Daxter
  • The animated TV comedy, “Family Guy – The Freakin’ Sweet Collection,” on UMD™ (Universal Media Disc)
  • 1GB Memory Stick PRO Duo™

The other five recipients will receive the limited-edition Madden NFL 09 PSP® Entertainment Pack.

Centered on the 20th Anniversary edition of the popular sports franchise, the Madden NFL 09 bundle, (which is also rated “E” for everyone and is available for $199.99 MSRP,) showcases the multi-functional features of the PSP system, from gaming to videos and music, including:

  • An exclusive “Metallic Blue” PSP-2000 system (This is the only time that this special PSP color will be offered in North America.)
  • Madden NFL 09, NFL: In Just One Play UMD video
  • Beats™ PLAYSTATION®Network voucher
  • 1GB Memory Stick PRO Duo

Both of these bundles feature the exciting new PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system which has an enhanced design — a sleeker profile, thinner battery, video-out capability, and 64MB of system memory.

PSP brings an unparalleled gaming experience to a handheld platform, allowing users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality, full-motion video and high-fidelity stereo audio.

And because of PLAYSTATION’s generosity – and YOU! – ten kids battling critical health issues will get to experience PSP action wherever life takes them!

So — How Can You Help?

We need to make sure these ten PSPs get into the right hands!

  1. Nominate
  2. Do you know a child or teenager who is battling serious or life threatening illness who could really use the gift of a PlayStation Portable system but, due to financial limitations, their family cannot afford one?

    If so, you can nominate them.

    To nominate a child/teenager, (your nominee can be your own child,) you can write your nomination post on your own blog and leave the permalink in the comment section. Or, if you don’t have a blog, you can just leave a comment with your nomination.

    Please keep private details (including names and financial information that may be too personal) out of your story. If you feel you need to email us additional information privately, you can reach us at 5minutesformom at gmail dot com. Please put PSP NOMINATION in the subject.

    We will select a number of nominations and then let help us with the final decisions.

    Before we announce the winners, we may need to talk on the phone with the nominator or parents of the child to confirm the situation. So if you nominated a child, please watch for an email from us.

    We will accept nominations through November 18th and then post the winners on Monday, November 24th.

    PLEASE do not let the child know that you are nominating them. As you can imagine, choosing the recipients will be heartbreaking and we do not want the children to be devastated if they are not selected.

  3. Spread the word
  4. We need to make sure people hear about this project so that we can get the PSPs to children who are enduring critical, long term health issues and can’t afford a gaming system.

    And, of course, the more bloggers spread the fantastic news about what Blogs Can Change Lives and PLAYSTATION are doing with this PSP project, the more lives we will be able to change in the future.

    Grab a button and post!

    Thanks to Selene from iDesign Studios, (who won our button design contest last year for the UBP 08,) we have four different sized banners to choose from. Click here to see all the options and grab the codes.

    (You do not need to post a button to nominate or post about the project. We are just providing these buttons for bloggers who wish to help out spreading the word about Blogs Can Change Lives with a button either in their post or in their sidebar.)

  5. Comment
  6. Please leave a comment letting PLAYSTATION know that you are taking notice of them! We want to support the companies who support Blogs Can Change Lives.

    If you do not have a family to nominate, please read/visit some of the other nominations and feel free to leave some cyber support for these incredible kids and their families!

Changing kid’s lives through our blogs — yes this blogging thing is VERY cool.

So, go do your bloggy thing and LET’S CHANGE SOME KIDS’ LIVES!!!

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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at

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