Our Inspiration: Alexander

The One of Us Global Foundation was created in memory of a young man named Alexander, an American YouTuber and internet personality. He started his YouTube channel when he was 14 years old, using a Minecraft persona in the guise of a pig. He is widely regarded by the game’s community as one of the best Minecraft players and Minecraft content creators.

In August 2021 at the age of 22, after noticing pain in his right arm and a sudden lump, he was diagnosed with sarcoma. Chest scans revealed metastases in both lungs. Technoblade handled his sarcoma journey with strength, humor, and perseverance. Alex incorporated his medical struggles into his videos, touching millions in the process. Fans shared stories of their own cancer journeys and took heart from what and how Alex shared. To the end, he tried to take care of his fans, family and make a difference for other sarcoma patients. Throughout his sarcoma journey, he used his significant platform to help support sarcoma research, even if it most likely would not gain results in time for him. In total, Technoblade and his followers have raised over $1 million for sarcoma research. His friends, fellow influencers, and fans continue to raise money for sarcoma research to this day.

He died in June of 2022, shortly after his 23rd birthday, at home, surrounded by his family. The public reaction to the announcement of his death was overwhelming. And rather than focus on what an amazing gamer he was, or how smart or how funny he was, instead people talked about his kindness and his generosity. People spoke about how much his videos helped them through a difficult time in their lives. Even now, people are still supporting his legacy by quoting the phrase “Technoblade Never Dies.”

His words and videos have reached tens of millions of people, and his community has continued to grow even after his passing.