I was just reading over at WoW Ladies and I saw a post about Extra Life. I have read about this cause before, but have never really known when it was about to happen. Here is some info taken directly from their website:
Welcome to Extra Life, an annual 24-hour video game marathon that raises money to help heal sick kids at your local children’s hospital. It’s never been this much fun to do this much good.
This year’s event begins at 8:00am in your local time zone on October 16th, 2010. Each of our participants is currently raising money by recruiting at least 4 sponsors to give $1.00 for each hour of the marathon (that’s $24.00 per sponsor).
What makes Extra Life so incredibly easy, is that you can do it from the comfort of your own home. While many churches and school do lock-ins for Extra Life, you don’t HAVE to go anywhere. What’s more, you can play any game or games you want during the event. Xbox 360, PS3, PC, even games on your phone count.
If you can’t play the full 24 hours on October 16th due to work or personal commitments, nobody is going to kick down your door and stick a controller in your hand. You can make up the time later, or even get ahead by playing some of your 24-hours BEFORE the event.
The important thing is to make the commitment to help local children get better. This year, Extra Life benefits Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, meaning that 100% of the money you raise will stay right where you live at your local CMN hospital.
Thank you for taking the time to be a player, a donor, or even to simply spread the word to other gamers.
On behalf of over 3,500 past and present Extra Life participants…
I myself wish that I could just play for 24 hours straight, but being 6 months along, that will probably not happen. But I see there are ways you can play over a day or two, so I think it is worth checking out. Or even donating!
The local Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh saved my sisters life 4 years ago when she was just 15 years old. They found a brain tumor and did emergency surgery on her. They were not able to remove the whole tumor, but to this day she is receiving great care from them and her doctors. (If you would like to hear her story, just let me know. It is one of great strength and triumph.) The money donated will help children just like her.
So what are we waiting for? We all love gaming anyway! Why not spend 24 hours checking out the new druid builds? Or playing Bioshock! What about Halo Reach? Everything counts! Lets all get out and game for children!