An Update on Extra Life 2016

Some of you will remember that in early November 2016 my wife Becca and I participated in Extra Life, a fundraising movement supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through a 24 hour video gaming marathon(!) that many video game fans like us participated in. Let me tell you as an avid video game fan, even for me 24 hours was brutal – you can ask Becca – I got so burnt out that day that I didn’t really return to my Xbox to play until almost 3 months later!

Specifically, Becca and I were able to raise $500 for our local CMN Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky – Norton Children’s Hospital through the sponsors of our effort. It may not seem like much on its own, but as a whole community effort Extra Life was able to garner over $9.1 million last year to help support local children’s hospitals nationwide. That’s nothing to scoff at! In fact the fundraising Extra Life team I was part of, team Giant Bomb, ended up being one of the top 5 teams in terms of funds raised in 2016!

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The folks at Extra Life were kind enough to send me an Extra Life medal for raising $500, but I want to make sure I give credit to the few supported who helped up reach our milestone – we couldn’t have raised together what we did without your generosity.

Please know that however little or much you have helped with, its people like you that made Extra Life 2016 a resounding success to support family of sick children. While some mock or don’t value the merit of a video game based charitable fundraiser, I hope those of your friends and loved ones reading this will be inspired and proud of the part you played to help heal kids with Extra Life.

THANK YOU!!! ❤

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Me thinking of the scoffers after seeing how much Extra Life raised in 2016. (GIF: Jeff Gerstmann of jeff.zone and videogames.com aka giantbomb.com)

 

 

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