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  1. Prizes for donors?

    Hey folks! New captain here, and I've tried to find some information on incentive levels to no avail. In short, I'd like to give some "prizes" away to random donors. I'm imagining something like Kickstarter, where there might be "donation levels" that have different prizes attached to them. Is that possible?
  2. Prizes for donors?

    Hey folks! New captain here, and I've tried to find some information on incentive levels to no avail. In short, I'd like to give some "prizes" away to random donors. I'm imagining something like Kickstarter, where there might be "donation levels" that have different prizes attached to them. Is that possible?
  3. Painting Parties!

    Hey guys! I wanted to share an idea that one of my guild members did over the past weekend. She contacted one of those painting party places and was able to setup a party that benefited Extra Life! Those seem to be popular activities this year, so I suggest reaching out in your local area. She was able to raise a little bit and is planning on expanding it for next year! So if you aren't sure on how to push the fundraising bar up, think outside the box!!!
  4. Restaurant Fundraiser

    Has anyone ever had an experience of throwing a fundraiser dinner through a restaurant? My team is looking to throw one, but they will send the check for the donation directly to CMNH, and we were wondering if anyone had a way of having that donation be put towards the extra-life team's goal? If you have any tips or recommendations I'd appreciate it. Thank you!
  5. From the Community: Fundraising Tips

    Tell people you're playing #ForTheKids Connect with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to let them know what you're doing! Surround yourself with people who believe in you and share your excitement about playing games and fundraising for Extra Life. Show them your serious! Consider telling grandma to donate to your Extra Life campaign instead of a birthday card! Tell your Aunt to skip the present and to help out local sick and injured kids with a donation. Have an Extra Life Party! Invite friends over for a game night. You cover the drinks and snacks and then ask your pals to donate to your Extra Life page to "pitch in" #ForTheKids! Encourage your friends to join Extra Life and host THEIR own Extra Life parties too! Use Social Media Share what you're doing for Extra Life on social media! We even have a Facebook application that can post for you periodically to your friends, letting them know how close you are to your goal and how they can donate! Stream to Twitch (or Mixer, Facebook, YouTube...) If you have the basics to live stream your video games via PC or console, then join thousands of other gamers as the stream #ForTheKids! need some help getting started? Check out our Streaming 101 guide! Go Old School with a Craft Fair, Bake Sale or Auction! Put your crafty-ness to work and make some cool crafts, bake an awesome pie or auction off your unused collectibles, all for donations! Yard sales are also a great way to give your campaign a bump. Engage with Local Businesses to Get Involved Visit your favorite eateries and bars to engage them with opportunity to not only join Extra Life but to contribute a portion of the nights proceeds to your campaign. Karaoke, trivia nights, painting & cocktails events are all great ways to have fun, raise money and spread the word about Extra Life. *BONUS TIP: Go Mobile! Manage your Extra Life campaign with our mobile app! Monitor fundraising, send messages and fundraising emails, schedule Facebook posts, and thank your supporters, all in one place! Grab it now for iOS and Android. Share your favorite fundraising tactics in the comments below! Need more ideas? Head over to Doc's "How to Actually Ask for Donations" article!
  6. Tell people you're playing #ForTheKids Connect with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to let them know what you're doing! Surround yourself with people who believe in you and share your excitement about playing games and fundraising for Extra Life. Show them your serious! Consider telling grandma to donate to your Extra Life campaign instead of a birthday card! Tell your Aunt to skip the present and to help out local sick and injured kids with a donation. Have an Extra Life Party! Invite friends over for a game night. You cover the drinks and snacks and then ask your pals to donate to your Extra Life page to "pitch in" #ForTheKids! Encourage your friends to join Extra Life and host THEIR own Extra Life parties too! Use Social Media Share what you're doing for Extra Life on social media! We even have a Facebook application that can post for you periodically to your friends, letting them know how close you are to your goal and how they can donate! Stream to Twitch (or Mixer, Facebook, YouTube...) If you have the basics to live stream your video games via PC or console, then join thousands of other gamers as the stream #ForTheKids! need some help getting started? Check out our Streaming 101 guide! Go Old School with a Craft Fair, Bake Sale or Auction! Put your crafty-ness to work and make some cool crafts, bake an awesome pie or auction off your unused collectibles, all for donations! Yard sales are also a great way to give your campaign a bump. Engage with Local Businesses to Get Involved Visit your favorite eateries and bars to engage them with opportunity to not only join Extra Life but to contribute a portion of the nights proceeds to your campaign. Karaoke, trivia nights, painting & cocktails events are all great ways to have fun, raise money and spread the word about Extra Life. *BONUS TIP: Go Mobile! Manage your Extra Life campaign with our mobile app! Monitor fundraising, send messages and fundraising emails, schedule Facebook posts, and thank your supporters, all in one place! Grab it now for iOS and Android. Share your favorite fundraising tactics in the comments below! Need more ideas? Head over to Doc's "How to Actually Ask for Donations" article! View full article
  7. Hey everybody! I'm a 4th year Extra Lifer, and I am trying to rally the troops this year in Miami! I have participated for the past 3 years in Tampa, and I love being able to meet people from all around Florida, as well as the United States, doing something charitable and fun. I know Miami is deserving of a Guild this year. We have so many people in the community, this should be easy peasy! We are so spread out it is hard to organize things without knowing how many people are actually out there, so please feel free to reach out and make it easier to map where we really are! So please, use this space to introduce yourselves and get to know each other. I'll start us off! 1. What do you go by? Alex or Dino. People love calling me Dino, especially kids, and I always respond with a Rawr! 2. What are some of your favorite games? Anything from old school to new school. Mainly FPS now. I play on both Xbox One and PC. Console: Call of Duty, Halo, party games | PC: CS:GO, Call of Duty, Overwatch, arcade games. I dig card games and board games too! Love the DC deck builder game! And Poker, Go Fish! Monopoly, and lots more! 3. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Japan, Germany and India. Japan because I love the culture and I spent 7 years learning the language. Germany because I also learned the language and seems like an amazing place to go, and India because I want to do a spiritual tour of the land and find my Zen. 4. What hobbies do you have, outside of gaming? I LOVE working on my car! She's my baby and I treat her like royalty! Also rock climbing takes up a lot of my time. I am a photographer as well as work at a software company, so I have quite a few things to take up my time outside of gaming. 5. When you're not recruiting for Extra-Life, we can most likely find you...? Probably being a hermit at the house. I love streaming and competing. I also try and commentate on FGC events! Every now and then under the hood of my car, and if you really wanna so a dinosaur liftin' some iron, find me at the gym! 6. Post a picture that best represents you -- you, a meme, your pets, or all of the above! This definitely describes me when asked who I relate to in a video game. DVA IS THE BEST TANK!
  8. Extra Life: Explained

    Wha t is Extra Life? Extra Life, a fundraising program of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, leverages the passion of the gaming community to rally support for our 170 member hospitals. Participants fundraise year-round and pledge to game for 24 hours with one goal: to save and improve the lives of sick and injured kids. Since 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for member hospitals. https://youtu.be/D7kfCS0ruhc How to participate Sign up: Pledge to play games from your home or online. Play during the 24-hour marathon (Nov 4th) or on any day that works for you! Fundraise & Recruit: Ask your family and friends to donate to your fundraising. Create a team and recruit others to join you! Play games, heal kids: Raise funds, have fun, and help heal kids at your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital! Why support Extra Life and CMN Hospitals? More than 10 million kids enter Children's Miracle Network Hospital across North America every year. To provide the best care for kids, children’s hospitals rely on donations and community support, as Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has helped fill those funding gaps by raising more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through Miracle Balloon icon campaigns. Extra Life is among various programs that support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Getting Started •Customize your participant page •Utilize the team captain tools in the Extra Life Dashboard •Use the Extra Life Mobile Fundraising Apps •Make a plan for Game Day •Send a dedicated e-blast •Share (and share often) on your social media channels •Write a blog post Have a question? Join the discussion here or on our Discord!
  9. Best Practices: Extra Life: Explained

    Wha t is Extra Life? Extra Life, a fundraising program of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, leverages the passion of the gaming community to rally support for our 170 member hospitals. Participants fundraise year-round and pledge to game for 24 hours with one goal: to save and improve the lives of sick and injured kids. Since 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for member hospitals. https://youtu.be/D7kfCS0ruhc How to participate Sign up: Pledge to play games from your home or online. Play during the 24-hour marathon (Nov 4th) or on any day that works for you! Fundraise & Recruit: Ask your family and friends to donate to your fundraising. Create a team and recruit others to join you! Play games, heal kids: Raise funds, have fun, and help heal kids at your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital! Why support Extra Life and CMN Hospitals? More than 10 million kids enter Children's Miracle Network Hospital across North America every year. To provide the best care for kids, children’s hospitals rely on donations and community support, as Medicaid and insurance programs do not fully cover the cost of care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has helped fill those funding gaps by raising more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through Miracle Balloon icon campaigns. Extra Life is among various programs that support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Getting Started •Customize your participant page •Utilize the team captain tools in the Extra Life Dashboard •Use the Extra Life Mobile Fundraising Apps •Make a plan for Game Day •Send a dedicated e-blast •Share (and share often) on your social media channels •Write a blog post Have a question? Join the discussion here or on our Discord! View full article
  10. Lleva tus recaudos contigo ¡Baja la aplicación móvil desde tu smart phone o tablet y nunca estarás a mas de dos clicks de hacer la diferencia #PorLosNiños! Email, Redes Sociales, Textos ¡Hay docenas de mensajes, específicamente redactados para Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Email y mensajes de textos, están integrados en el app para facilitarte el pedir donativos! Maneja tu equipo desde donde quiera que estés ¿Eres Capitán de algún equipo de Extra Life? Comunícate fácilmente con los miembros de tu equipo, sigue el progreso de sus cuentas de recaudos, y asegúrate que todos estén listos para el Maratón. Sobrepasa tu propia meta de recaudos Extralifers que usan el app tienden a recaudar casi 40% mas para su Hospital o Fundación que los que no la usan. ¡Baja el app y comienza a hacer milagros!
  11. Lleva tus recaudos contigo ¡Baja la aplicación móvil desde tu smart phone o tablet y nunca estarás a mas de dos clicks de hacer la diferencia #PorLosNiños! Email, Redes Sociales, Textos ¡Hay docenas de mensajes, específicamente redactados para Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Email y mensajes de textos, están integrados en el app para facilitarte el pedir donativos! Maneja tu equipo desde donde quiera que estés ¿Eres Capitán de algún equipo de Extra Life? Comunícate fácilmente con los miembros de tu equipo, sigue el progreso de sus cuentas de recaudos, y asegúrate que todos estén listos para el Maratón. Sobrepasa tu propia meta de recaudos Extralifers que usan el app tienden a recaudar casi 40% mas para su Hospital o Fundación que los que no la usan. ¡Baja el app y comienza a hacer milagros!
  12. This is where we begin!

    Hey gamers, My son and I have started sharing our gaming experiences on YouTube in June 2016 and I have been using this as a way to provide family-friendly entertainment and to "gamify" important life lessons such as proper planning, internet etiquette, overcoming adversity, building confidence, etc. and so far, it's been an amazing adventure! The week after Christmas after a recording session, he came to me and said that he asked if we could give the money that we are making from the platform to the community, more specifically to help children that are fighting for their lives. What really touched me from his behavior was that for a 7-year old, thinking of giving back instead of asking for a new video game or something that he may be able to play with was incredible! Since he asked and one of our core family values is the importance of helping our peers by giving back, I have looked into what we could plan together for children. And I have found Extra-Life.org. After researching, looking at the videos that explained the history behind this beautiful movement and community, I knew that this was the one that we were going to do it for. More importantly, the ability to help a local foundation made it even more special! We have been planning this event for a few weeks now and I have found myself feeling so rewarded for the amount of time that I have put through promoting the event, getting some game development studios sponsor us with some game keys to giveaway, making graphics for shirts and even wrist bands, spreading the word to get people from all over the world to watch and encourage us... this is a calling that's been dormant within me that I'm excited to begin and repeat throughout the year. Enough blabbering, on to the important stuff. We are doing this even on January 27th. We are starting at 6pm EST and we are going for the full 24-hours. Of course, the little one won't be there for the entire duration but there will be scheduled events where he will be joining me for some good fun. If any of you are interested in joining us by watching, here are the details; Youtube: https://goo.gl/70K0IE Twitch: https://goo.gl/ioRfId Beam: https://goo.gl/vN6qnf If YOU want to come and watch or simply want to extend the reach by sharing this post, it would be tremendously appreciated. The more people we can have, the more donations that we can get for this amazing cause, the better! If you want to support our effort, you can also check out our donation page and/or our event wrist bands! They are $5 (USD) each and $2 from each sale will be donated to the charity. Donation page: https://goo.gl/TayDSl Event Wrist bands: https://goo.gl/U4XeB6 Although we have streamed in the past and we are very comfortable with the technical "behind the scenes" stuff, if you have any best practices from your previous experiences, please share them, we'd like to know! Hoping to be able to make a difference! K.
  13. I will be hosting a gaming marathon for 24 hours. A variety games will be played from Rocket League to PUBG. There will be giveways for anyone who donates money towards Charity event. Even with a $1 Donation to the event will get you entereed into a prize giveaway during the stream and you will have supported a great cause. We will be working together to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Every day CMNH treats kids with trauma, diabetes, cancer, surgeries and babies with NICU. Our donation goal will be $1000. The company I work for will also Match any donations we contribute the the event!! I hope everyone of you can add this into your calenders and tune in for some of the event. Thanks for you time and support everyone!!
  14. Nerd Stash 36 hour EL Marathon

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    This weekend, myself and 8 other streamers from Team Nerd Stash are holding a 36-Hour Marathon for Extra Life. Be sure you come hang out! It will be lots of fun! www.twitch.tv/thenerdstash
  15. In this topic I'll be posting a daily recap of where we are in terms of participants versus dollars. This will transition to a weekly format once we have a better understanding of the trends/day-to-day. I'll be posting all 3 CMN hospital reports, as we essentially cover the entire state being the only guild. April Reports: Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 (As of 10pm CST)
  16. I work in an office building with a business casual dress code. We are allowed Jeans and Hawaiian Shirts on Fridays. For fundraising, sub sales did ok... too few people for a successful bake sale (50 in the whole building) The thing that has worked wonders for my fundraising is getting permission to have a day where, for a $5 minimum donation, we can wear shorts and tshirts. I had one last year, and raised ok money, this year I've got 3 days, and am already over $150 raised. What can I say? Shorts are comfy and easy to wear... And yes, the following image is on my flyers.
  17. Year Over Year Reports

    Hey Guys We had these reports in the June Meeting, however wantred to post them up here for your viewing pleasure. What these reports show are our trend over the past few years. We'll try to update these monthly. ExtraLifeFundraisingTotalsByYear.xlsx ExtraLifeYearOverYear.xlsx
  18. It's that time of year again!! MomoCon 2016 was one of the best recruitment events we've had in the history of the Atlanta Guild, and this year is going to be even better!! For the first time not only will we be recruiting new members at the event, but we will also be actively taking donations at the event, a much requested change from last year. As before, those who volunteer to work a shift (no more than 5 hours max per shift), will receive a free full 4-day badge to the event so that you can experience all the Con has to offer when you are not manning the Extra Life booth. That includes access to all areas of the event including: Gaming Hall, Expo Hall, Main and sub stages, panels, classes and much more!! The only extra cost is for lodging, meals, souvenirs, and the Final Fantasy Orchestra concert. Another big change for this year, rather than just a table in the general organizations area, we are now part of the official MomoCon Charity Row section, complete with our own 10' x 10' booth!! We've got some great plans for the space, and I will be sharing those as we get closer to the event. If you are interest in volunteering, please click the link below to access the sign up sheet. Please fill in as much info as possible so we have a way to contact you during the event. Also, this is a first come first served event, and we have a limited number of passes available (16), so if you are interested you should sign up sooner rather than later! I will be onsite again throughout the event, and I look forward to working with everyone. Let's make this year's event the best yet!!! Volunteer Sign Up Page: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/116mavUSrzf5VRW9iL9iam1wUSews4CzhyAIjU63Pf0o/edit?usp=sharing
  19. http://skillet.lifehacker.com/sneaky-philanthropy-dinner-parties-turn-a-night-with-1793167164 I saw this article today and thought it might be a good way to recruit as well as fund raise. The basic gist is you have a dinner party and ask that people contribute towards Extra Life what they would have spent going out to dinner. Throw in some before or after dinner board games and it might work well for recruitment as well. Has anyone here ever tried anything like this?
  20. Extra Life quick guide / handout

    Saw this while scoping the forums. Thought y'all would find this useful!
  21. The Entertainment Software Association Foundation honored Extra Life founder Jeromy Adams at its Nite to Unite gala on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The Nite to Unite gala honors leaders and visionaries in the gaming industry that are making a profound difference. The Visionary Award was given to Adams to recognize him for mobilizing a community of gamers that have raised over $30 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. “Jeromy Adams is a visionary in the video game community," said ESA Foundation Executive Director Anastasia Staten in a statement. "Not only does he have big ideas, he has a big heart to match. Jeromy and the community participating in Extra Life to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals show the power of video gamers coming together to make a difference in the lives of countless children, friends and families across the country. In their hands, a game controller isn’t just a tool of entertainment, but is a tool of healing and a source of hope. The ESA Foundation is proud to support this incredible problem, helping to raise funds and awareness for children’s hospitals all across the country.” Adams first created Extra Life when he was a radio host in Houston, Texas. As part of the annual Radiothon program that benefitted Texas Children’s Hospital, he met Tori – the inspiration behind Extra Life. Tori was 11 years old at the time and battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Adams and Tori quickly bonded over a mutual passion of video games. Shortly after her passing Adams had an idea – why not have gamers do what they do best, while raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to benefit more kids like Tori? And Extra Life was born. When asked about the experience, Jeromy applauds the passionate and generous gaming community saying, “It’s just something I did with 55,000 friends.” View full article
  22. The Entertainment Software Association Foundation honored Extra Life founder Jeromy Adams at its Nite to Unite gala on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The Nite to Unite gala honors leaders and visionaries in the gaming industry that are making a profound difference. The Visionary Award was given to Adams to recognize him for mobilizing a community of gamers that have raised over $30 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. “Jeromy Adams is a visionary in the video game community," said ESA Foundation Executive Director Anastasia Staten in a statement. "Not only does he have big ideas, he has a big heart to match. Jeromy and the community participating in Extra Life to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals show the power of video gamers coming together to make a difference in the lives of countless children, friends and families across the country. In their hands, a game controller isn’t just a tool of entertainment, but is a tool of healing and a source of hope. The ESA Foundation is proud to support this incredible problem, helping to raise funds and awareness for children’s hospitals all across the country.” Adams first created Extra Life when he was a radio host in Houston, Texas. As part of the annual Radiothon program that benefitted Texas Children’s Hospital, he met Tori – the inspiration behind Extra Life. Tori was 11 years old at the time and battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Adams and Tori quickly bonded over a mutual passion of video games. Shortly after her passing Adams had an idea – why not have gamers do what they do best, while raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to benefit more kids like Tori? And Extra Life was born. When asked about the experience, Jeromy applauds the passionate and generous gaming community saying, “It’s just something I did with 55,000 friends.”
  23. Hey y’all! Your monthly Extra-Life Nashville Guild update coming at ya. At our last meeting, we went through goals and upcoming events. We’re going to start getting more involved with some local organizations and heading to tabletop gaming events. Stay tuned for more on that. Let’s go through the highlights of upcoming events! Wednesday March 1st - Monthly meeting will be at the same time (7pm), same place (Children’s Hospital) and we’ll have a lot to go over! Game Day with the kids will be this same day, 2-4pm as usual if anyone can make it Thursday March 17th & Friday March 18th - TEDx Nashville is a go! At the monthly meeting we will be assigning people to be in charge of scheduling and logistics. The TED people are very excited to have us involved and want to give us plenty of space/bean bag chairs/ table tops for games and possible streaming. Email Mark if you’d like to help work it. Tuesday April 4th - Drink 4 a Cause at Kung Fu Saloon! They’ll be donating 15% of sales from the day to Extra-Life. Email Lydia if you have any specific questions! Wednesday April 5th - This is won’t be our typical monthly meeting, but instead will be a Guild Kickoff meeting at the Children’s Hospital Theater! Food will be provided. Bring friends! Email Mark if you have questions, but hopefully we’ll get people from the night before to join us. See y’all in a few weeks for the next Monthly Meeting! We’ll be broadcasting again on Discord for anyone who can’t make it there. If there are any updates before the meeting, we’ll be sure to let everyone know! But in the meantime, all events are on our Community Calendar here. Laterz! Kristina (Spoety)
  24. Fundraising Ideas

    To try to get a jump start on my fundraising this year I decided to put out the challenge on facebook and will probably put on twitter as well that if I raise $250 in the month of February that I will dye my beard blue one weekend in March. To be more specific I'm going to dye it the weekend that we have our guild anniversary at 16 bit. Is anyone else trying to start on fundraising? If this works out I might do the bucket of ice dumped on me when it warms up.
  25. Congratulations Extra Lifers! You've helped raise $30 million since Extra Life started back in 2008 and have made a huge impact on your local CMN Hospital - funding numerous programs, equipment and charitable care. To help celebrate the miracles you’ve made, here are 10 of the top miracles $30 million made happen at your local hospitals. 10. You Have Made Child-Sized Veins Easier to Find CMN Hospitals treat children of all ages and sizes – from the tiniest newborns – to teenagers and beyond. Vein illuminators assist with IV insertion in pediatric patients, making it easier to find veins on the first try, reducing the number of stick attempts for the children. This means more accuracy and less pain. Vein Illuminators are valued in the $20,000 range. With funds raised through Extra Life, UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and McLane Scott and White Children’s Hospital were able to purchase Vein Illuminators. 9. You’ve Helped Children Understand and Process their Treatment Plans Hospital experiences are unpleasant enough. For a child, they can be especially frightening and stressful. At all our member hospitals, Extra Life has funded Child Life services. Child Life specialists are specially trained and certified to help children and families cope with the stress and anxiety of hospitalization. For example, Extra Life funds have helped Child Life fund Teddy Bear Clinic at UF Health Shands in Florida. Powie, the bear from Teddy Bear Clinic helps kids understand the different treatments and how they are performed. In the above photos, Powie and a Child Life Specialist are showing a child patient how an IV is placed. Powie is also wearing Oxygen and a feeding tube to help ease the patient's fears and questions about what happens next. 8. You Have Provided Charity Care for Patients and Families Some families have high deductibles, high co-payments, or no coverage at all. All CMN Hospitals treat every child, regardless of the family's ability to pay. Gillette Children’s in Minneapolis, MN shares how this works: “In some cases, many private and public insurance providers don’t cover all the specialty services provided. Extra Life dollars in Minneapolis are used to fund the Gillette Assistance Program (GAP), our financial assistance program for families who can’t afford cost of care. Any Gillette patient can apply for GAP, whether they have health insurance or not.” Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals provide $3.4 billion in charity care annually. The funds you raised have made, and continue to make, a crucial impact on families who need assistance. 7. You’ve Made Hospitals More Child-Friendly Children are not just small adults. That is why children’s hospitals exist just for them. Children’s hospitals ensure that every staff member is focused on pediatric care, knowing exactly how to work with, and calm children from every stage of the treatment process. One of the first stages of treatment is simply to help the hospital look less scary. Extra Life funds have been used in your community to help the hospital look more fun and exciting to kids. Extra Life funds helped The CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation take on a special project to make the Emergency Department more pediatric friendly. The project resulted in 7 art murals being installed, as well as coloring books and stickers created from the art. From murals, to child-friendly playrooms and outdoor spaces to help kids play while at the hospital, Extra Lifers have helped provide it all. 6. You Have Kept Patient Services Free for Families CMN Hospitals treat children and families beyond their medical care. Hospital staff are trained to care for the developmental and emotional needs of children in addition to their physical needs. Our hospitals design programs that meet all the emotional needs of the family, which can’t be reimbursed by insurance. Child Life, pastoral care and case management as shown above, are all examples of non-billable services that receive support from Extra Life and aid hospitals in keeping these programs free for families. For example, Extra Life funds in Ft. Worth, TX have helped Cook Children’s provide case workers to assist patient families with lodging, transportation and meal cards. Chaplains can visit with families in times of trial or grief. The families are touched by those services, and will never have to see a bill for them. Cook Children’s is just one of many of our member hospitals that have used Extra Life funds for these types of programs. 5. You’ve Helped the Natural World and Technology Age Collide for Hospitals The benefits of pet therapy are well-documented. Interacting with a friendly pet can help many physical and mental issues. It helps reduce blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health. It can release endorphins that produce a calming effect. Some environments, such as hospitals pose a challenge for the use of live animals. EMHS Foundation in Bangor, ME has used Extra Life funds to provide interactive robots that look like baby harp seals and play a role in pet therapy sessions. By interacting with people, the robotic seals respond as if they are alive, moving their heads and legs, and making sounds. The seals are proving effective at easing anxiety and improving patient’s ability to process feelings of sadness, loss, grief and trauma. Kids are able to calm down quicker and engage in therapy session with better outcomes. 4. You Have Helped Kids stay on track at School Lengthy hospital stays or treatments can keep kids out of the classroom. However, funds raised through Extra Life have helped kids stay on track at school. In Atlanta, Extra Life funds have provided teachers that help kids while in the hospital, and help them transition back to their school when they leave the facilities. The teachers work with school systems to make sure the kids are on the most appropriate school track based on the child's physical and neurological recovery. For example, a high school student taking three AP classes prior to a traumatic brain injury may not need to return immediately to those AP classes. 3. You Provided Ambulance Incubators for Newborn Transport The critical care teams at member CMN Hospitals are available to provide state-of-the-art care and transportation to pediatric patients. Team members include specially trained pediatric registered nurses and paramedics. Each team member not only needs to have neonatal and pediatric critical care experience as well as additional training, they also need to be equipped with specialty equipment to transport patients from prematurity through adolescence. An example of Extra Life funds in action is shared from the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital. Extra Life funds have purchased an ambulance incubator for their critical care transportation team. This machine allows the tiniest of patients to be transported safely with the right life-saving equipment. 2. You’ve Helped Redefine In-Home Care for High-Risk Cardiology Patients The first time parents are able to take their child home from the hospital is an incredibly happy moment. For congenital heart families, that moment also brings stress and responsibility. Funds raised through Extra Life have helped families and doctors monitor cardiology patients at home by funding the Building HOPE program at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital. The Building HOPE program allows families and doctors to work together to monitor pediatric cardiology patients once they leave the hospital. Vitals such as oxygen levels, weight, and food and liquid intake data is sent through secure transmission to the team at UVA, who monitor the data in real-time. This allows critical issues to be detected before an emergency arises. Home monitoring programs like this have helped increase the percentage of congenital heart defect patients live safely in their homes from 75% to over 95%. 1. You Have Provided the Power of Mission Critical Funds No day at a CMN Hospitals is ever the same. The needs of patients, new research, emerging technology and growing programs all mean one thing: our hospitals are constantly changing. The number one way Extra Life impacts CMN Hospitals is through the power of mission critical funds. The $30 million you have raised has given our hospitals the flexibility to meet and fund these changing needs as they arise. “Some of the most valuable gifts we receive are those that are unrestricted and can be applied to the areas where the need is the greatest.” - Cook Children’s Hospital in Ft. Worth, Texas. Thank you for saving the lives of sick and injured kids in your community! Mike, Liz, Jeromy, Julie, Brooke & Cindee Team Extra Life Children's Miracle Network Hospitals View full article