Pick up your game controller for a good cause. The gaming community across the world and right here in Central Texas will play to raise money for sick children.
The Extra-Life gaming marathon gives those who might not sign up for a run a chance to make a difference. "It's high time we end the lock on the charitable market that runners, bikers and walkers have because gamers can do something to help kids," explained Jeromy Adams, the founder of Extra-Life.
During his career as a radio host Adams met a little girl named Victoria who left quite the impression. She lost her life to cancer and in her honor Adams organized a day to play games and collect donations for children who are sick.
The first year the non-profit raised $120,000 and three years later that figure grew to just more than $1 million.
"This started as a couple of people on an obscure corner of the Internet and here we are five years later with roughly 20,000 gamers who are going to take part in this year's event from all over the world," Adams said.
Extra-Life is part of the Children's Miracle Network. All the money raised by Central Texans will help local kids at Dell Children's Medical Center. This year all the money raised locally will help Dell Children's bring the MEG machine to the hospital. The advance technology gives doctors a very unique look at the brain. It's not cheap. The machine has a price tag of $4.1 million and only five pediatric hospitals in the country have a MEG.
"No child should ever have to go through cancer," expressed Adams. He's encouraging people to play for the children.
You don't even have to leave your house to make a difference.
If you'd like more information or are interested in taking part you can get more details at www.extra-life.org.