I've had a chance to eat and sleep at the end of 25 hours of gaming for the Extra Life gaming marathon to fundraise for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. It's the first time I've ever done anything as intense as this. I mean, I 'm a gamer, but 25 hours (if you include the one hour change in time for Daylight Savings) was a long time to game fueled by a lot of coffee.
Still, despite three DDoS attacks that took down the Extra Life site and the donation capabilities, Extra Life was just not able to reach their fundraising goal, but also surpass it. With a target of three million, Extra Life was proud to announce when their goal was met and asked the community to continue the push. The winner is the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, specifically the hundreds of thousands of kids battling things like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and much worse.
I used the opportunity to play games that I had purchased and not played yet, but also to dig into some of the older games I have on my Super Nintendo (SNES) and my regular Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Even better, I had an opportunity to bond with all three of my kids and even let them take the reigns for a bit as I let my thumbs recover.
I had the opportunity to see what other gamers were doing and that has sparked ideas for next year. These veteran Extra Life supporters had it down, knew how to make things happen, and it was great to talk and learn from them. I saw everything from shaving heads, eating Ghost Chili peppers, and even having a guy's girlfriend wax his legs on camera, all in an effort to raise more funds for the kids.
It was great to see the community band together like it did for a common cause. I'm proud to be a part of this community and look forward to next year already.
To see some of what I've documented during this fundraiser, click the links below.