We are all gamers here, and we all like to play video games for hours on end, from dawn till dusk (but mostly the other way around). Now there’s a chance to do exactly that while helping to the noble cause of saving the lives of sick children in the US and Canada.

How, you might ask? Easy! By taking part in the Extra Life event – a worldwide event organized by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, starting Saturday, October 20. Extra Life is open to everyone who wants to game all day and raise money doing so. Just follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Sign up for Extra Life www.extra-life.org
  2. Ask friends, co-workers, neighbors, family to sponsor you.
  3. Play games for 24 hours (you can split your time over days, a week, or even a month)
  4. Help kids!

If you have any questions about the event, or the whole “playing games and donating money” thing, you can maybe find the answers here, or just go on the Extra Life website for all the information available.

While the event helps raising money for hospitals in North America, anyone can join in, no matter which country you live in (and helping sick kids, wherever they live, is still a great and noble cause).

Here is a little back story about the event, and why it got started:

Extra Life began in 2008 as a way of honoring a young lady named Victoria Enmon. Tori’s battle against acute lymphoblastic leukemia inspired the Sarcastic Gamer Community in a way that is difficult to describe. Members sent in video games and bought gifts to keep Tori’s spirits up despite numerous hospital stays and three bouts with the deadly disease.

Tragically, we lost Tori to cancer in January 2008. Later that year, I asked my partners at Sarcastic Gamer if they would be interested in Extra Life, a 24-hour video game marathon to raise money for the hospital that treated and fought beside Tori. In 2008 and 2009 Extra Life raised a combined $302,000, 100 percent of which went directly to help kids like Tori at my local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (Texas Children’s Hospital).

While thousands of gamers, more than 100 websites and more than 12,000 donors were happy to support Extra Life, many expressed their desire to raise money to help kids closer to home. In what I can only consider destiny, in 2009 I left behind my radio career and went to work full-time for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as a Radiothon Director. This life-changing event gave me unique insight into an incredible non-profit organization that helps kids all over the United States and Canada.

I quickly realized that Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals would be the perfect solution to expand Extra Life into more communities.

This year, when you sign up to play video games for 24 hours on Oct. 20, 2012, you won’t just be raising money for kids. You’ll be supporting LOCAL kids and their families. Kids right in your own backyard.

All the money you raise for Extra Life 2012 will go directly to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of your choice.

 


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