On November 7th, I am once again taking part in Extra Life, a 24-hour gaming marathon benefitting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. I started participating in Extra Life in 2010, and have done it every year since then. It's always a great time, and it's helped raise a lot of money for sick kids.
Due to what I can only imagine is a deliberately tainted genetic cocktail, I was blessed with horrible knees, spina bifida occulta, and scoliosis upon birth. This amalgam has caused me nearly-constant irritation in one form or another, and is exacerbated by high-impact activies such as running. Traditional marathons have always been out of the question for me.
But I sure can play the shit out of some video games.
So when I heard of Extra Life, I knew that it was a cause I could get behind and do my part to raise awareness and money for those in need.
Over the years, I've picked up a few teammates along the way. For this year's event, I am participating with my wife, Gia, our roommate, Fletcher, and my dear friend a podcast co-host, Charles. We've called our team, "Friends With Beverages," and the hospital we're supporting is the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. We'll be hammering away for 24 straight hours at some League of Legends (naturally), Destiny, Heroes of the Storm, and Diablo III. Plus whatever other games we can find. We're even looking to incorporate the greater #NoOctothorpe/Limitless Adventure community in fun ways.
What I would love for you to do, if you could spare ten minutes out of your day, is take a gander at our team's fundraising page. If you feel so compelled, we would love if you could donate to our cause and help us destroy the $1,000 we raised last year. Our goal is $1,500 this year, but I believe we raise a hell of a lot more with your help. 100% of your donations will go to the hospital and will be used to heal kids.
If you donate and/or would like to suggest a cool way for us to interact with the community while we do this thing, drop me a line on Twitter. DMs open to all.