StarkleSparkle

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  1. A true advocate, Alyssa speaks openly and frequently about her struggles with mental illness. "Everyone has issues," she says. "At least I know what mine are." Since Alyssa's diagnosis at age 3, when her tantrums lasted for hours and she refused to sleep, she's made incredible strides. Coping techniques, biweekly counseling, a restrictive diet, daily medication and supplements help her handle the ups and downs of life. When Alyssa feels out of control, she goes to Cincinnati Children's mental health treatment facility. Though she doesn't look forward to these visits, she knows the staff there will love and support her until she is able to keep herself and others safe. At school, Alyssa is excelling, especially in math and reading. She loves volunteering as a peer tutor for kids with special needs. Alyssa's teachers say she has a special gift for communicating with these students, demonstrating empathy beyond her year. HOW DONATIONS HELPED ALYSSA: Funds raised through Extra Life help CMN Hospitals fund the most immediate need for local kids. In Cincinnati, Extra Life funds have been able to help the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital general fund, which supports the residential treatment facility that helps youth manage mental illness through healthy decision making, appropriate communication and behaviors. All which help kids like Alyssa, live healthy and productive lives. View full article
  2. A true advocate, Alyssa speaks openly and frequently about her struggles with mental illness. "Everyone has issues," she says. "At least I know what mine are." Since Alyssa's diagnosis at age 3, when her tantrums lasted for hours and she refused to sleep, she's made incredible strides. Coping techniques, biweekly counseling, a restrictive diet, daily medication and supplements help her handle the ups and downs of life. When Alyssa feels out of control, she goes to Cincinnati Children's mental health treatment facility. Though she doesn't look forward to these visits, she knows the staff there will love and support her until she is able to keep herself and others safe. At school, Alyssa is excelling, especially in math and reading. She loves volunteering as a peer tutor for kids with special needs. Alyssa's teachers say she has a special gift for communicating with these students, demonstrating empathy beyond her year. HOW DONATIONS HELPED ALYSSA: Funds raised through Extra Life help CMN Hospitals fund the most immediate need for local kids. In Cincinnati, Extra Life funds have been able to help the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital general fund, which supports the residential treatment facility that helps youth manage mental illness through healthy decision making, appropriate communication and behaviors. All which help kids like Alyssa, live healthy and productive lives.
  3. On Miracle Treat Day, we turn our chicken dinners into ice cream dinners For The Kids! Mark your calendars! Miracle Treat Day is coming up. U.S. Dairy Queen Locations: Thursday, July 27 Canada Dairy Queen Locations: Thursday, August 10 Join Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and select Dairy Queen locations as we celebrate Miracle Treat Day. For every Blizzard sold, $1 or more will be donated to CMN Hospitals. As with Extra Life, funds stay local to benefit the local member hospital and help kids with healthcare treatments and services, equipment, and charitable care. Our Extra Life team will be stopping by select locations to pick up our favorite flavor and enjoy the day. Twitch and Extra Life partner, Aureylian will host a meet and greet Thursday, July 27 at the Dairy Queen in Granite City from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Comment below to let us know how you plan to celebrate Miracle Treat Day and Find a participating store near you! View full article
  4. Winner Winner Ice Cream Dinner

    On Miracle Treat Day, we turn our chicken dinners into ice cream dinners For The Kids! Mark your calendars! Miracle Treat Day is coming up. U.S. Dairy Queen Locations: Thursday, July 27 Canada Dairy Queen Locations: Thursday, August 10 Join Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and select Dairy Queen locations as we celebrate Miracle Treat Day. For every Blizzard sold, $1 or more will be donated to CMN Hospitals. As with Extra Life, funds stay local to benefit the local member hospital and help kids with healthcare treatments and services, equipment, and charitable care. Our Extra Life team will be stopping by select locations to pick up our favorite flavor and enjoy the day. Twitch and Extra Life partner, Aureylian will host a meet and greet Thursday, July 27 at the Dairy Queen in Granite City from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Comment below to let us know how you plan to celebrate Miracle Treat Day and Find a participating store near you!
  5. Recognizing the need to have patients challenged and motivated to work day-to-day, Nationwide Children’s Hospital has found the right tool to help measure movement with muscular dystrophy patients – video games. Patients with muscular dystrophy lose mobility over time, and patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a type that is most common in children, specifically young boys, become weaker over time, slowly unable to feed themselves and other tasks. So, researchers at Nationwide Children’s have worked with a local game developer, Chris Volpe of Mulitvarious Games to develop a way to measure upper extremity movement in patients using interactive game technology. The game allows the boys to dig and look for hidden gems, as well as squash spiders. It requires the boys to reach with their arms in various directions and push force fields, allowing researchers to measure their movement. Spending hours doing physical movement is hard on the patients, and the game is the perfect solution that allows them to just play and be kids. Volpe, front middle is the game developer and over the Game Developers Association of Ohio. He leads the Ohio Game Developers Expo each year. The association donates a portion of ticket sales from this event to Extra Life. View full article
  6. Recognizing the need to have patients challenged and motivated to work day-to-day, Nationwide Children’s Hospital has found the right tool to help measure movement with muscular dystrophy patients – video games. Patients with muscular dystrophy lose mobility over time, and patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a type that is most common in children, specifically young boys, become weaker over time, slowly unable to feed themselves and other tasks. So, researchers at Nationwide Children’s have worked with a local game developer, Chris Volpe of Mulitvarious Games to develop a way to measure upper extremity movement in patients using interactive game technology. The game allows the boys to dig and look for hidden gems, as well as squash spiders. It requires the boys to reach with their arms in various directions and push force fields, allowing researchers to measure their movement. Spending hours doing physical movement is hard on the patients, and the game is the perfect solution that allows them to just play and be kids. Volpe, front middle is the game developer and over the Game Developers Association of Ohio. He leads the Ohio Game Developers Expo each year. The association donates a portion of ticket sales from this event to Extra Life.
  7. America’s Got Talent Guest Judge Chris Hardwick gave the golden buzzer to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Miracle Child, Angelica Hale Tuesday night. The Nerdist community has teamed up with the Geek & Sundry community to participate in Extra Life, and have raised more than $100,000 for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. All funds raised through Extra Life stay local to benefit patient care, critical treatments and healthcare services. Angelica is one example of how donations help kids. Treated at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Angelica is a Kidney transplant survivor able to perform and live out her dream of becoming the next Whitney Houston. Angelica travels the country, using her voice to raise funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Thanks to Hardwick’s golden buzzer, Angelica advances in America’s Got Talent to the live shows. In her own words, “I want to win so I can help more kids like me.” Watch her incredible performance below! Help Extra Life and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals support Angelica. Tune in August 15th at 8/7 Central to vote! View full article
  8. America’s Got Talent Guest Judge Chris Hardwick gave the golden buzzer to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Miracle Child, Angelica Hale Tuesday night. The Nerdist community has teamed up with the Geek & Sundry community to participate in Extra Life, and have raised more than $100,000 for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. All funds raised through Extra Life stay local to benefit patient care, critical treatments and healthcare services. Angelica is one example of how donations help kids. Treated at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Angelica is a Kidney transplant survivor able to perform and live out her dream of becoming the next Whitney Houston. Angelica travels the country, using her voice to raise funds and awareness for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Thanks to Hardwick’s golden buzzer, Angelica advances in America’s Got Talent to the live shows. In her own words, “I want to win so I can help more kids like me.” Watch her incredible performance below! Help Extra Life and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals support Angelica. Tune in August 15th at 8/7 Central to vote!
  9. Article written by Robert Sullivan, a second-year participant who plays for Janeway Children's Hospital Foundation I am Robert Sullivan and I am 14 years old. My little brother Steven is one of the Canadian Champion Children. I joined Extra Life a year ago and I have been enjoying it ever since. When my brother was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, I was devastated. Cancer spreads to everyone in the family, not just the person who has it. I also have severe anxiety so I get stressed easily and have panic attacks if I get to scared or overwhelmed. I wanted to help raise money for kids who didn't have enough money for treatments, trips, games, and gaming consoles and one day my dad gets an email from the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation about Extra Life, so I joined and started streaming. I was watching the ExtraLife4Kids channel on Twitch and asked the streamer if there was a server for Extra Lifers to play Minecraft on. She responded no, so I created one in 1.8. The server will be up 24/7 unless my computer updates or is down for maintenance. Anyone can record, livestream, play etc. Since my brother Steven is the Champion for Newfoundland and Labrador, we were able to go to Ottawa and Florida for the Champions trip and Children’s Hospitals Week. We attended Extra Life United 2017 and I met my favorite streamer Sevadus! I also had met another Newfoundland streamer his name is Nathan Roberts aka Noofynate. He is good friends with me and my family and we played games at Extra Life United. He is a kind and open hearted person. I want people to be just like that and most of them are! So, that is how I joined Extra Life! Ip for the server is: ExtraLifeFactions.myserver.gs. On the server there is a shop, custom plugin, vaults and enchants! View full article
  10. I Extra Life for My Brother

    Article written by Robert Sullivan, a second-year participant who plays for Janeway Children's Hospital Foundation I am Robert Sullivan and I am 14 years old. My little brother Steven is one of the Canadian Champion Children. I joined Extra Life a year ago and I have been enjoying it ever since. When my brother was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, I was devastated. Cancer spreads to everyone in the family, not just the person who has it. I also have severe anxiety so I get stressed easily and have panic attacks if I get to scared or overwhelmed. I wanted to help raise money for kids who didn't have enough money for treatments, trips, games, and gaming consoles and one day my dad gets an email from the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation about Extra Life, so I joined and started streaming. I was watching the ExtraLife4Kids channel on Twitch and asked the streamer if there was a server for Extra Lifers to play Minecraft on. She responded no, so I created one in 1.8. The server will be up 24/7 unless my computer updates or is down for maintenance. Anyone can record, livestream, play etc. Since my brother Steven is the Champion for Newfoundland and Labrador, we were able to go to Ottawa and Florida for the Champions trip and Children’s Hospitals Week. We attended Extra Life United 2017 and I met my favorite streamer Sevadus! I also had met another Newfoundland streamer his name is Nathan Roberts aka Noofynate. He is good friends with me and my family and we played games at Extra Life United. He is a kind and open hearted person. I want people to be just like that and most of them are! So, that is how I joined Extra Life! Ip for the server is: ExtraLifeFactions.myserver.gs. On the server there is a shop, custom plugin, vaults and enchants!
  11. Article written by Jamie Studzinski, a fifth-year participant who plays for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin About eight years ago, while working at Wal-Mart, I had a chance to visit Phoenix Children's Hospital in Arizona as part of a fundraising campaign for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. I saw how comfortable the children were there, as much as being at home. We were showed how the fundraising donations were used and how it helped the children and families. At that point, I was wondering what more I could do. And then I thought back to my brother, Jeremy, who had cancer at an early stage. He was admitted to the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin where he received treatment and was cured of his cancer. All this happened before I was born. And it's thanks to the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin that I am able to say that he is still around today. When I heard about Extra Life, it seemed like a no brainer to me. Gaming was a huge part of my life, and my brothers when we were growing up; from video games to board games to card games, we played it all. To do what I love to do and help children and families in need, just seemed like a win-win situation to me. I am part of an Extra Life team. Our team name is Phoenix Down, because we are giving kids a second chance. We are changing lives. And I think that name speaks a ton to what we are doing. Last year we raised over $5K for Children's Hospital and I couldn't be more proud of the team and commitment they made! I've been doing Extra Life for five years now, and I occasionally stream for the Extra Life stream team. Its been the best experience that I can say I ever had in my life. Thank you everyone who does extra life and makes a difference!" Right now my favorite game to play is Overwatch, I have spent countless hours in the game and it really is the back bone of my charity streams.
  12. Article written by Jamie Studzinski, a fifth-year participant who plays for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin About eight years ago, while working at Wal-Mart, I had a chance to visit Phoenix Children's Hospital in Arizona as part of a fundraising campaign for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. I saw how comfortable the children were there, as much as being at home. We were showed how the fundraising donations were used and how it helped the children and families. At that point, I was wondering what more I could do. And then I thought back to my brother, Jeremy, who had cancer at an early stage. He was admitted to the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin where he received treatment and was cured of his cancer. All this happened before I was born. And it's thanks to the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin that I am able to say that he is still around today. When I heard about Extra Life, it seemed like a no brainer to me. Gaming was a huge part of my life, and my brothers when we were growing up; from video games to board games to card games, we played it all. To do what I love to do and help children and families in need, just seemed like a win-win situation to me. I am part of an Extra Life team. Our team name is Phoenix Down, because we are giving kids a second chance. We are changing lives. And I think that name speaks a ton to what we are doing. Last year we raised over $5K for Children's Hospital and I couldn't be more proud of the team and commitment they made! I've been doing Extra Life for five years now, and I occasionally stream for the Extra Life stream team. Its been the best experience that I can say I ever had in my life. Thank you everyone who does extra life and makes a difference!" Right now my favorite game to play is Overwatch, I have spent countless hours in the game and it really is the back bone of my charity streams. View full article
  13. Mariann Villafane teaches her students about philanthropy and fundraising through classroom activities. She encourages her students to create several fundraising activities for 10 weeks, ending with one big event, Play for a Cure. As part of the Extra Life program, the students play games throughout the evening and then reveal the final amount raised during the school year. She does this because of her belief to teach students far beyond the text book. “It is my goal at the end of our school year, our students will be engaged with Extra Life and our local hospital,” says Villafane. At the closing of the project, she takes her students to the local CMN Hospital, San Jorge Children’s Foundation to see first-hand the impact of their donations. “As long as I can, I will keep up with this amazing project in my school.” View full article
  14. Mariann Villafane teaches her students about philanthropy and fundraising through classroom activities. She encourages her students to create several fundraising activities for 10 weeks, ending with one big event, Play for a Cure. As part of the Extra Life program, the students play games throughout the evening and then reveal the final amount raised during the school year. She does this because of her belief to teach students far beyond the text book. “It is my goal at the end of our school year, our students will be engaged with Extra Life and our local hospital,” says Villafane. At the closing of the project, she takes her students to the local CMN Hospital, San Jorge Children’s Foundation to see first-hand the impact of their donations. “As long as I can, I will keep up with this amazing project in my school.”
  15. We're proud to announce the recipient of the 2016 Victoria Enmon Award, Betsy Rand, program director at Seattle Children's Hospital. Betsy was presented the award at Extra Life United, during #ChildrensHospitalsWeek during the Evening of Celebration on Thursday, March 23. The Victoria Enmon Award is presented to a CMN Hospitals program director who embodies the spirit of Victoria. Victoria’s battle against acute lymphoblastic leukemia inspired the Extra Life movement. Throughout her battle, Victoria remained strong and an inspiration to others. Extra’s Life success is in part because of the CMN Hospitals program directors who work tirelessly with guilds to recruit and grow Extra Life efforts in their hospital market area. Betsy attended multiple events throughout the year, including PAX West, where she helped the guild recruit over 1,200 Extra Lifers in one weekend. Betsy has worked with her hospitals social media team to increase social awareness around Extra Life, always has a great outlook and makes the program better as a whole. View full article