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 and our yearly Extra Life marathon benefitting the Children's National Medical Center located in Washington, DC 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.
I personally got involved in Extra Life 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, Citizens' third 24 hour marathon, we raised $800 for Children’s National. In total we've raised over $2,500 for Children's National.
Four years and four Extra Life’s later 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.
On November 5th, 2016, I (along with the rest of the Citizens staff) will again be participating in this huge worldwide celebration of the social impact of gamers of all kinds from video games to board games and tabletop RPG's! It's my sincere hope that you'll find it in your heart to support my efforts with a monthly pledge or one-time gift that will go directly to Children’s National. We are looking break the $800 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 November 5, 2016:
- Register and create your personal funding page, during the registration process you’ll be given the option to join a team, specifically: join the Citizens of Natstown team!
- Set a fundraising goal you’d like to aim for,
- Try to get friends and family to sponsor you,
- Sit on your rear end and play all types of games for 24 hours straight on Saturday, November 5th, beginning at 8 a.m.!
– If you’d like to donate:
- Head to the Citizens of Natstown team page,
- Select the team member you’d like to sponsor,
- 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 2016 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.
As an added incentive, we have reward tiers for milestones on our way to our goal of $800 and beyond. To be eligible to win all you have to do is donate, any amount will make you eligible to win prizes (maximum of 1 prize won, per donation). We'll raffle off each item as we break through each tier cumulatively. These giveaways include bobbleheads, signed balls, and signed jerseys. Head over to the Citizens of Natstown team page for the full list of rewards!
Thank you Natstown for your support!