White City, Ore. - For James Reagan, gaming has been able to play a big role for a large part of his life. It's been something that has helped him cope with troubling times, especially in the last year.
"We got to experience a lot with the (Almeda) fire," says Reagan, "we had our first child, which was also rough because I got COVID two days before he was born and I had to miss his birth, which was terrible."
Reagan recalls when he first heard of Almeda fire, and how his instincts kicked in all in a matter of minutes.
"I just ran around the house, grabbed some clothes, grabbed some keepsakes, some stuff from our wedding, ultrasound pictures, my dogs, and just got out of there as fast as possible."
After multiple evacuations, James and his wife Jerika were forced to embark on a new start, and begin a new life after the fire.
From at one point having to share a house with eleven people, they have since worked to get back on their own with the help of family along the way.
"We're beyond grateful for the help that we got from her family and her friends," says Reagan. "If it wasn't for them, we don't know where we would be."