On May 28, 2010, an early morning fire raged through a two-story house in Urbana, Illinois. All but one made it out safely.
Ashley Ames, 23, was burned over 80 percent of her body and was airlifted into intensive care. On July 6, she sadly passed away due to medical complications.
Volition's Steve Jaros, senior writer on the Saints Row franchise, lives in the same neighbourhood. "In the interest of full disclosure I don't know Ashley or her family, nor am I associated with the charity save for asking for a few donations," Jaros tells Kotaku, "But my wife is a burn survivor so this story particularly struck a chord with me."
In an effort to help pay off the medical bills burdening Ashley's family, Volition has contributed items to a charity auction in Ashley's name. One of those is voice acting role in Saints Row 3. The role, Jaros says, is for a pedestrian. "You will get to scream, curse, be hit by cars and shoot guns," Jaros adds. If the winner asks nicely, he adds, he might even write something specific for the winner.
Currently, the winner will have to provide transportation to Volition, but if the bidding gets high enough, he thinks something might be able to be worked out — even if that means Jaros personally buying a plane ticket for the winner.
"Knowing that my colleagues in the games industry are some of the most generous and kindhearted people in the world," Jaros tells Kotaku. "I reached out to them with Ashley's story and they responded with an overwhelming amount of love and kindness, and I'm hoping you can do the same."
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