Supporters of all ages are using their joy of gaming to raise funds and awareness this month for UC Davis Children’s Hospital, a member of Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals.
The sixth annual Extra Life gaming marathon encourages game enthusiasts to sign up for free at www.extra-life.org, select UC Davis Children's Hospital, and seek online donations. Participants work toward achieving their donation goal leading up to “game day” on Saturday, Nov. 2.
Each Extra Life participant is asked to raise money by recruiting at least four sponsors to give a minimum of $1 for each hour of the marathon, equating to $25 per sponsor.
As with traditional CMN Hospitals fundraisers, all dollars raised through Extra Life go directly to each participant's selected hospital. UC Davis Children’s Hospital has used these funds to support children's services, purchase equipment and advance research.
“Extra Life has experienced phenomenal growth over the past five years because it gives gamers an easy way to help their Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals while celebrating the joy of gaming,” said Jeromy (Doc) Adams, Extra Life director at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Participants can raise funds as individuals or teams, and game accordingly on November 2.”
Adams also noted the Extra Life website provides helpful links, blog posts and media resources for promoting and encouraging donations.
Though the Extra Life program is billed as a 25-hour marathon, players can game for all 25 hours on Nov. 2, spread out their hours over several days or play as a relay among team members.
"Gamers can also commit to playing old-fashioned board games with their family an hour a week over the next year," said Michelle Thompson, associate director of development for CMN at UC Davis Children's Hospital. "It doesn't have to be about video gaming. It can be about spending quality time with your family while helping a good cause."
Adams created Extra Life in 2008 to honor the late Tori Enmon, a 15-year-old CMN Hospital patient who played video games during her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In 2012, Extra Life participants reached a fundraising milestone, with more than $2 million directly benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the United States and Canada.