Extra Life: Gaming for the Greater Good
The Extra Life concept is as straightforward as their tagline: Play Games. Heal Kids. And like so many other ideas, what started out as a grassroots effort to honor one child, has expanded into an international platform that helps thousands. In 2008, teenager
Victoria (Tori) Enmon passed away after a four-year battle with
acute lymphoblastic leukemia. To honor her memory, local radio personality Jeromy Adams, ‘Doc,’ started Extra Life, a 24-hour video game marathon to raise money for the Texas Children’s Hospital (part of the Children’s Miracle Network), where Tori was treated. Since the program was founded in 2010,
more than $11 million dollars has been raised for local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals, where Doc now works full-time as their Radiothon Director. This year’s 24-hour marathon starts on Saturday, November 7 at 8 a.m., and getting involved is easy:
- Register your personal fundraising page and choose which CMN hospital you want to support.
- Get your friends and family members to sponsor you (Check out these nifty fundraising tips).
- Sit down, get comfortable, and play for 24 hours!
Not a gamer? No problem! Any type of game counts whether it’s a card game, a classic board game, or charades. The goal is to have fun and raise money to help kids in need. All secure donations made on behalf of Extra Life participants directly benefit the chosen
CMN Hospital and will fund anything from medical equipment and therapy programs, to charitable care, and vital research. Follow the Extra Life movement online at:
#ExtraLife15. Are you game? Tell us in the comments!
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