It’s no secret that 2013 has been a great year for children; but more importantly, for those who are battling diseases or severe traumas. Thanks to Extra Life 2013, over $3,809,000 has been raised for Children’s Miracle Networks at the time this article was written. This money was collected by a whopping 38,000 gamers who participated in a 24-hour gaming marathon.
Started in 2008 as a way to help a young girl diagnosed with leukemia, Extra Life has been incorporated into the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital system. But unlike some fundraising campaigns where the donations are sent to some big corporate office and then distributed as they see fit, Extra Life donations are sent to a hospital chosen by the participant. Everyone from individual gamers, teams, even organizations such as reddit.com and Wizards of the Coast have joined in the fundraising, all with one goal: helping families by relieving the burden of hospital bills.
For more information on Extra Life, including how to be a part of Extra Life 2014, visit their website here.