In an interesting turn of events, this week I was made aware of the Extra Life challenge, where gamers unite and fundraise for a common cause and game for a whopping 25 hours. You read that right, not 24 hours, 25 hours. The reason for 25 hours is because we game on the day we turn our clocks back, gaining an hour in the day, but also gaining an hour of gameplay.
On November 2nd, gamers will fundraise for the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in their area which treats thousands of children each year. Kids that need treatment for all types of cancer, cystic fibrosis, and other needs will benefit from we as avid gamers love to do.
This is is my first year and I'll be tag teaming this experience with my son. We'll be tackling all 25 hours of gaming and documenting the experience through a 25 hour live stream, podcasts, blogging, and image captures on Instagram. No doubt it's going to be a long night, but we're up for the challenge.
Is the Extra Life challenge successful?
According to their site, they've raised a sizable amount of funds.
Last year, Extra Life raised more than 2 million dollars to save kids, but in 2013 our goals, just like the needs of the kids we serve, are much, much higher.
Starting in 2008 with 1200 gamers, the community has grown in size to help the growing number of kids who need our help every year. The video below is a touching story of just one young life that helped spark a fundraising revolution.