For the sixth straight year, I have enrolled to participate in Extra Life, the 24-hour gaming charity event to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. And once again, I have opted to support the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland, Maine.
Last year, I raised $510 dollars for the hospital – 100% of all donations go directly to the hospital we play for – and this year, I’m aiming to double that goal and reach $1,000.
This organization has become a really special part of my life. A few years ago, I wrote a blog about why I participate in the program. I encourage you to check it out if you’re interested in all the details, but to summarize: I was a patient at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital as a kid and after I discovered Extra Life, I saw it as an opportunity to give back to the organization that saved my life.
Since joining Extra Life, finding ways to help children has become something of a mission of mine. I was inspired by this amazing gaming community, coming together to do something they love to help others, and created my own charity: The Indie Voice Review.
As a writer, I wanted to create something where other authors could come together and do some good. The Indie Voice Review is a literary magazine – with its first issue being published in the next few days – that allows the independent writers to showcase their work and 100% of the proceeds from its sale will be going toward the purchase of books for kids currently residing in children’s hospitals around the country.
This year’s Extra Life Game Day is November 7th. On that day, and many times leading up to that point, I will be steaming my geriatric gaming abilities on Twitch, if you want to watch this old fart smash buttons on his keyboard in an attempt to win something. If you can spare a dollar or more to help me reach my fundraising goal, it would mean the world to me.