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Fighting zombies, fatigue and polio

MONTICELLO (KWWL) -- The organizer of one 46-hour fundraising event said no to caffeine.

Instead, 19-year-old Dillon Stockman preferred a more natural drink to keep him awake.

"I run on milk, believe it or not," Stockman said. "I just love the taste, and it's refreshing and always cool."

Even though his five other fundraising friends pounded down energy drinks, they all contributed to the 46 hours of game play.

"I'm doing a fundraiser right now called 46 hours of Nintendo 64," Stockman said Sunday morning. "We've been playing all these Nintendo 64 games for the past 2 days."

Stockman partnered with the Monticello Rotary Club.

"We've been doing it to raise money for the Rotary International's Polio Plus campaign," Stockman said. "This is the Rotary International's Project that they've been doing for about the past 25 years. It's their goal to see a world that is polio-free."

Rotary International says even though the United States are polio-free, the virus still exists in four other countries and therefore poses a risk of re-entry into the US.

At $250 by the end of the event Sunday morning, Stockman didn't raise as much money as he has in fundraisers he's organized in the past.

"It's been kind of low, unfortunately," Stockman said.

Still, he said he will be accepting donations into September. The money raised will be part of a $200 million match by Rotary International for $350 million coming from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation -- all to fight polio.

Plus, in the end, he simply enjoyed the fundraising method.

"It's like going down memory lane for me. I grew up on these games, so it's nice to revisit them," Stockman said.

As Stockman prepares for his freshman year in college, he said his fundraising experience can only help his business management degree.

As for his love of video games...

"Late night in the dorm," Stockman said with a smile. "It's college, it has to be a late night in the dorm."

With his energy drink of choice, that could mean good news for local dairy farmers.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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