Playing: Dead Rising 3, Crazy Taxi City Rush
I am an incredibly lucky person. I have two wonderful daughters that despite numerous attempts to murder each other are perfectly healthy. For a short while though I wasn’t sure if that would be the case. When my youngest daughter Samantha was born she delivered too quickly and had some fluid in her lungs. She had to spend a few days in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) and it was an incredibly scary couple of days. Seeing your child in such a vulnerable position is something terrible. Thankfully she had no permanent side effects to that scare but it reminds me of how fragile life is at such an early stage. There is nothing worse as a parent then seeing your child sick or in pain. There is such a sense of helplessness. But last year I discovered a way to help families dealing with the fear and anxiety of having a sick or injured child.
Extra Life is 24 hour gaming marathon that takes place on October 25th with the purpose of raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country. Since starting in 2008 Extra Life has gone from raising just over $300,00 in its first two years to over $4 million in 2013. The growth of this charity in such a short amount of time is awesome. It’s a way for the gaming community to stand together and fight for something meaningful and important. 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital every single minute for treatment. That’s one child every second of every day. A scared child who may be receiving chemotherapy or rehabilitation for a traumatic injury. A child that we can help. A child that we NEED to help.
I know that budgets are tight for everyone and it’s always tough to ask people to donate money but I truly believe that everyone can afford $5, $10 or $20. Skipping Starbucks a few mornings, not grabbing that magazine off of the news stand or just checking the change dish in your bedroom. Everyone can find a few dollars to give to a great cause like this and no donation is too small. Think of the difference that all of us can make when we come together. And as a bonus, the warm fuzzy feelings you’ll get after making a donation are definitely worthwhile.
Last year before we had started Mega Dads, Adam and I raised over $500 for Extra Life and this year with the support of our friends on Facebook, Twitter and everyone who reads this blog I’m positive we can meet this years goal of $750. Heck, I think we can exceed our goal and hit $1,000! This year we’ve also recruited some help to encourage everyone to donate. Mega Dads is partnering with game developers 2D Boy, Supergiant Games, Drinkbox Studios, Double Fine Productions and Yacht Club Games to provide prizes to give away to donors! Every weekend leading up to the marathon we are giving away prizes through our Facebook page and every person who donates will be entered to win 1 of 2 Grand Prize packages with tons of goodies inside! Games, t-shirts, art prints and more! It’s a nice little incentive to donate on top of helping families in need.
Mega Dads was created as a place for ALL gamers but it speaks especially to those of us with children. This campaign is something that every parent can relate to, whether you have known a child who has been ill or have kids of your own that you would do anything for. This is an incredibly important cause. I’m asking all of you to PLEASE take a moment to consider a donation. 100% of the money goes to the hospitals. Every penny. And it’s also tax deductible. Below I’ve put a link to our fundraising page as well as some videos that help explain what we’re doing this for.You can also visit extra-life.org for more info and check out our Facebook page for the latest updates on prizes and how close we are to our goal .
Then on October 25th at 8am Adam and I will be playing video games NON-STOP for 24 hours. You’ll be able to watch us live the entire time at twitch.tv/megadads and see how loopy we get when fatigue sets in. Thank you so much to everyone for reading this and I apologize for turning this into an infomercial, but I truly hope we can count on you all. We’ll see you online October 25th!