Extra Life

tl;dr: Help us help sick kids at Children’s National Medical Center in DC. Donate here.

It’s that time again: summer is quickly fading to fall, the Nats have clinched the NL East title, and Extra Life is just around the corner.

If you’re a new reader to the site this season, or just haven’t seen our previous Extra Life endeavors; Extra Life is a 24-hour video game marathon benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. We specifically chose all proceeds donated to our campaign to benefit Children’s National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC.

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, Tori passed away in January 2008. Later that year, Extra Life, a 24-hour video game marathon to raise money for the hospital that treated and fought beside Tori, was born. In 2008 and 2009 Extra Life raised a combined $302,000, 100 percent of which went directly to help kids like Tori at the 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.

personally got involved in 2012 just a day before the event and set my goal at $100. On short notice, with generous donations from friends and family I managed to raise $211 by the end of my 24 hour marathon. Last year I got Citizens involved as Matt and I braved a 25 hour marathon to raise $775 for Children’s National. Two years and two Extra Life’s in I am still amazed at just how gratifying it is to be able to raise money for the cause. More importantly the event continues to make me want to do more, to be able to raise more and once I’ve caught up on sleep I’m already eagerly awaiting information about the following year’s event.

This year, Citizens of Natstown has again registered our own team for Extra Life 2014 and we are looking break the $1,000 barrier. Honestly, we’d love to blow that goal away; but we can’t do this with YOUR help. There are several things you can do to help the cause:

– First and foremost get the word out. Twitter and Facebook are phenomenal ways to get more people aware.

– If you’d like to join the Citizens of Natstown team and be part of the gaming marathon come October 25, 2014 (This date may shift to 11/1/14 if Game 4 of the World Series happens to be in Washington, DC):

  1. Register and create your personal funding pageduring the registration process you’ll be given the option to
    join a team, specifically: join the Citizens of Natstown team!
  2. Set a fundraising goal you’d like to aim for,
  3. Try to get friends and family to sponsor you,
  4. Sit on your rear end and play all types of games for 25 hours straight on Saturday, October 25, beginning at 8 a.m.!

– If you’d like to donate:

  1. Head to the Citizens of Natstown team page,
  2. Select the team member you’d like to sponsor,
  3. Make your donation.

I also encourage you to learn more about your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and to meet some of the kids we’ll be working to help. When you do one or even all of these things, 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 2014 will go directly to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of your choice (as a player) or the choice of the player you’re sponsoring, which if it’s a member of the Citizens staff will be Children’s National Medical Center located in Washington, DC.

Thank you Natstown for your support!

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