In 2010 I started supporting a charity called Extra Life. Their motto is: “Play Games. Heal Kids.” From their website:
“On an Autumn Saturday each year since 2008, tens of thousands of gamers have joined together to save the lives of local kids in a celebration of gaming culture that we call Extra Life. From console games to tabletop RPG’s to even lawn sports, Extra Life gives people that love to play a chance to do what they love to save lives and make a difference.
Originally designed as a 24-hour marathon of gaming, Extra Life has evolved to mean different things to different people (though most of our participants still attempt the marathon).
To participate you need only sign up (free) and gather the support of your friends and family through tax-deductible donations to your local CMN Hospital. Then on Saturday, November 2nd (or any day that works for you!) play any game(s) you want on any platform(s) that you want with anyone you want for as long as you want.
The proceeds from Extra Life stay where they’re raised to support children’s hospitals.”
I haven’t customized my donation page for this year’s event yet, but you can already make donations. I will start marketing for donations in September. My goal is to raise $1000 this year for the Children’s Hospital of the Greenville Health System. I have raised over $1100 for Texas Children’s Hospital in the past so I am anxious to put that effort to work for GHS. Follow the link below and donate. I live stream every year so donors can witness the perseverance that is 24-hour gaming.