Gaming for a cause
Since 2008, thousands of people from the gaming community have pledged to play games to help save the lives of sick and injured kids through Extra Life — a gaming event in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®.
It's all local
Friends and family support gamer’s efforts knowing that their money is going to stay local and help kids within their community.
It's super easy
Extra Life makes it easy for people to help kids while doing what they already love doing. The fundraising is turn-key. When and how they play is up to the gamer.
Hospitals win. Every time.
Countdown to Extra Life 2017
Doing amazing things
Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.
Where the miracle are
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada.
For the kids
Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are
Victoria Enmon's Story
The story of Victoria Enmon, a Leukemia patient who was the inspiration behind the Extra Life movement.
How Can You Help?
Every donation, big or small makes an impact on the lives of children and families every day.
- The Beginner option gives the warm fuzzies of saving kids without overdrawing your checking account.
- These donors bring a lot of gusto to the fight to save kids! Huge props to our advanced donors.
- For those who want to make a significant impact on the lives of kids with a single, awesome gift.
- For those that can, we’d love to recognize your gift for the kids as being so big we need a wheelbarrow to move it!
What Famous Gaming Icons Are Saying
Don’t just take it from us, let these guys do the talking!
“It’s time to raise money for CMN and chew bubble gum; and I’m all out of gum.“Duke Nukem
“Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr” (translation: Extra Life is AWESOME!)Big Daddy
“The Enrichment Center is required to remind you that Extra Life comes with free cake.“Glados
Extra Life 2016 Goal
Extra Life 2017 Goal
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the money go?
The money that you raise through Extra Life will go directly to your chosen Children’s Miracle Network Hospital as ‘unrestricted funds’. This means that the hospital decides where and how to spend the money to ensure the dollars you raise make the biggest impact in the lives of the kids they treat. For example, the money you raise will go to fund research and training, purchase life-saving equipment and pay for uncompensated care. Our hospitals treat every patient that comes through their doors, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Our mission is to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible and the funds you raise make it possible for our hospitals to do that!
What is Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals?
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals across the U.S. and Canada. The hospitals, in turn, are able to use the money where it is needed the most. You can read more about our history and some of our amazing miracle kids at: http://www.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org
Playing games can help my hospital? How does it work?
Great question! You can get started by registering right here! Once you complete registration, you’ll get an online fundraising page that you can customize by choosing which hospital you want to support, setting a fundraising goal and sharing your personal reason for why you’re participating in Extra Life. You’re able to unlock digital content and rewards by asking your family and friends to donate towards your efforts.
What if I can’t commit to that date or the entire time?
No problem! Don’t let a commitment on the 7th stop you from joining. You can put in your game time whenever it works for you.
What kinds of games qualify for the Extra Life Marathon?
All games! From PS4 to poker on your phone, from classic board games to playing H-O-R-S-E in your driveway, the important thing is that you’re having fun and helping the kids!.
I've got more questions! Where can I find out more?
Visit the official Extra Life website and get all the details about every aspect of Extra Life!
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