NEWS | October 31, 2017

Join gamers playing for UC Davis Children's Hospital on Extra Life Game Day, Nov. 4

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

Local gamers of all levels and from all categories — console, mobile, PC, table top, etc. — are uniting for one cause on Saturday, November 4: to save and improve the lives of kids treated at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Extra Life, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) fundraising program, provides game-loving locals a fun way to support UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the local CMN Hospital.

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Participants sign up for the 24-hour gaming marathon and invite friends, family and fans to make a donation to UC Davis Children’s Hospital. The official Game Day is Nov. 4, but participants may complete their 24 hours of play whenever and however they like: all in one day, one hour a day for 24 days, etc. Players may also participate solo or on teams.

Last year’s event raised $49,157 for the hospital and helped fund life-saving equipment, research, patient care and programs.

“We are so inspired by gamers in the Sacramento region and beyond for their support of kids at UC Davis Children's Hospital,” said Michelle Thompson, associate director of Children’s Miracle Network at UC Davis. “As one of our fastest growing programs, Extra Life is showing how the community can make miracles happen for our kids by playing games.”

The virtual marathon is expected to involve 50,000 gamers fundraising for 170 CMN Hospitals across North America. The 2016 event raised more than $1.4 million on Game Day, contributing to the year’s total of $9.6 million. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for member hospitals. The secure donations fund the selected hospital’s greatest needs, often including pediatric medical equipment, research, therapy programs and charitable care.

Extra Life partners with some of the largest names in the gaming industry, including Twitch, Rooster Teeth, reddit, Wizards of the Coast, Humble Bundle, ESA Foundation, XSplit and Trion Worlds. While anyone can participate, many expert gamers and broadcasters live-stream their play and earn donations from followers.

Interested participants can register at Extra-Life.org, select UC Davis Children’s Hospital as their preferred CMN Hospital, set a fundraising goal and collect donations throughout the year for kids in need. Learn more about the local CMN Hospital and how donations are saving kids’ lives at CMNHospitals.org.

About Extra Life

Extra Life is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising program within the gaming community. Participants fundraise year-round and pledge to game for 24 hours with one goal: to save and improve the lives of sick and injured kids. Funds raised stay local to help pediatric patients at 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America. Since 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $22 million for member hospitals. The movement, formed by gamers bonded by passion, is committed to saving and improving the lives of local kids. Play games, heal kids and join the community today at www.extra-life.org.

About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital providing care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for its critically ill patients, as well as the West Coast's only Level I children's surgery center. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. For more information, visit children.ucdavis.edu.