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  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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)
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Hey Extra Life Community - We have some exciting news to share! In an effort to help make fundraising more fun, more accessible and ultimately easier, we’ve added two new applications to the Extra Life experience. Now you can fundraise through Facebook or on the go from your phone! Extra Life Facebook App Fundraising has never been quicker or easier than with the new Extra Life Facebook App. It installs in just a few seconds and allows you to opt-in to automatic status updates, upload Extra Life profile and cover pictures and ask your entire Facebook network for donations in just a few clicks. To start fundraising through the Extra Life Facebook App, login to to your Extra Life account, and click "Fundraise with Facebook" in the participant dashboard. Extra Life Mobile App Manage and share your Extra Life experience on the go with our new Extra Life mobile app. This free app lets you fundraise and connect with others through SMS, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Email. You can update your Extra Life page and check your fundraising progress all from the palm of your hand. Download the app here: iPhone | Android We’ve also spent the last couple of months improving the mobile experience on the Extra Life website so give the new apps a try. We want to hear what you think so send any feedback and ideas to community@extra-life.org or comment below and let us know! For The Kids, Mike Kinney Team Extra Life Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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?
  11. Extra Life quick guide / handout

    Saw this while scoping the forums. Thought y'all would find this useful!
  12. 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
  13. 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.”
  14. 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)
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. SO I have experienced this a couple times now and once recently...I go into explaining how I am raising funds for CMN and I will be doing a 24 hour marathon and need all the support I can get! The possible donator asks "what kind of marathon will you be doing" of which I replied "a 24 hour gaming marathon" then the donator says to me (and this crushed me since it was someone close to me) "gaming...thats so childish, thats not really something for a marathon". So I am sure many people have received this kind of attitude/response, how did you handle it? Personally I am knocked down a notch.
  19. It started with Kevin Braden, the CMN Hospitals Program Director for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago issuing a challenge to the Chicago Guild to raise more than their 2015 grand total of $106,000. In return, this clean-cut, buttoned up dude would dye his hair blue for Extra Life. By the end of Game Day on Sunday, Nov 6, the guild hit their goal, and are still pushing to reach a goal of $120,000 by the end of the year. The Extra Life team interviewed guild member Emily Krukal to learn more about their efforts and how they plan to reach their goals. What types of recruitment activities do you participate in? This year and last year we made a large recruitment push at all of the major conventions in the area. From C2E2 at the beginning of the year all the way to ValorCon at the end of the summer. This year we were also privileged to be at a few gaming event like Smash"N"Splash. The guild also helped facilitate a Clash of the Clans in Chicago. We also made contacts with a the local Independent Game Developer Association and Kevin Fair & IPG (I Play Games) who is a game tournament facilitator & promoter. Also, we are involved with Chicago Twitch Meet Up run by Branden Stennis aka UGRGaming on Twitch. We also did outreach to local establishments like arcades and comic shops. How do you raise funds? Fundraising was done through recruitment events with door prizes from our sponsor SteelSeries as well as on a personal level for each participant. The Guild also helped facilitate a Clash of the Clans Tournament which brought in $10k+ for the hospital. How did your guild focus efforts on the goal of fundraising? Many us of utilized social media to get the word out. Our Guild president, Dave Hansen, was on the official Extra Life Stream Team this year as well. Many of us utilized Twitch to stream on Games Day. Our secretary, Joey Barranco will be streaming Dec 2- 3 on his Twitch channel. We also have not lost sight that fund raising is not over and we are pushing to hit $120k by the end of the year with a few more local events. Any other unique ways your guild is getting involved? One of our guild members challenged every one she knew to save the change from daily transactions during the week and turn it into a donation. This helped us see little amounts add up quickly for the cause. We also reached out to a few of the larger guilds through the forums to get idea for recruitment & member retention and found they are doing what we are doing. The guild was also very fortunate in have in SteelSeries as a sponsor. They were VERY generous in providing us with items for door prizes. If you look at the attached picture, you can get an idea of just the tip of the iceberg from SteelSeries. We also held two lunch & learns, one at NetherRealms Studios and one at Microsoft. You have seen the results of Kevin's stretch promise, Dave shaved his beard to look like Abraham from the Walking Dead and he is also slated for a Extra Life themed tattoo. View full article
  20. It started with Kevin Braden, the CMN Hospitals Program Director for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago issuing a challenge to the Chicago Guild to raise more than their 2015 grand total of $106,000. In return, this clean-cut, buttoned up dude would dye his hair blue for Extra Life. By the end of Game Day on Sunday, Nov 6, the guild hit their goal, and are still pushing to reach a goal of $120,000 by the end of the year. The Extra Life team interviewed guild member Emily Krukal to learn more about their efforts and how they plan to reach their goals. What types of recruitment activities do you participate in? This year and last year we made a large recruitment push at all of the major conventions in the area. From C2E2 at the beginning of the year all the way to ValorCon at the end of the summer. This year we were also privileged to be at a few gaming event like Smash"N"Splash. The guild also helped facilitate a Clash of the Clans in Chicago. We also made contacts with a the local Independent Game Developer Association and Kevin Fair & IPG (I Play Games) who is a game tournament facilitator & promoter. Also, we are involved with Chicago Twitch Meet Up run by Branden Stennis aka UGRGaming on Twitch. We also did outreach to local establishments like arcades and comic shops. How do you raise funds? Fundraising was done through recruitment events with door prizes from our sponsor SteelSeries as well as on a personal level for each participant. The Guild also helped facilitate a Clash of the Clans Tournament which brought in $10k+ for the hospital. How did your guild focus efforts on the goal of fundraising? Many us of utilized social media to get the word out. Our Guild president, Dave Hansen, was on the official Extra Life Stream Team this year as well. Many of us utilized Twitch to stream on Games Day. Our secretary, Joey Barranco will be streaming Dec 2- 3 on his Twitch channel. We also have not lost sight that fund raising is not over and we are pushing to hit $120k by the end of the year with a few more local events. Any other unique ways your guild is getting involved? One of our guild members challenged every one she knew to save the change from daily transactions during the week and turn it into a donation. This helped us see little amounts add up quickly for the cause. We also reached out to a few of the larger guilds through the forums to get idea for recruitment & member retention and found they are doing what we are doing. The guild was also very fortunate in have in SteelSeries as a sponsor. They were VERY generous in providing us with items for door prizes. If you look at the attached picture, you can get an idea of just the tip of the iceberg from SteelSeries. We also held two lunch & learns, one at NetherRealms Studios and one at Microsoft. You have seen the results of Kevin's stretch promise, Dave shaved his beard to look like Abraham from the Walking Dead and he is also slated for a Extra Life themed tattoo.
  21. We present you seven crazy things Extra Lifers have done to raise money, For the Kids. 1. Jack Pattillo shaves his beard at $300,000+ raised by Team Rooster Teeth: 2. Los Angeles Extra Life Guild Member, Alex Gonzalez, eats a ghost pepper to spread the word about Extra Life: 3. Extra Lifer Gassy Mexican eats cat food at $15,000+ raised: 4. Various members of team Mindcrack eating bugs at various donation levels: 5. Various Community Members getting Extra Life tattoos for raising a certain amount of funds: 6. Extra Lifer Sean Rooney Waxes his back at $45,000+ raised by team #Dominicstrong: 7. Joe Fails is changing his legal name to Joe Never Fails when he hits $10,000 in donations:
  22. Three days until Extra Life Game Day commences! Here are three things you might want to do to ensure you’re ready to knock Game Day out of the park. ✔ Stock up on water and other hydrating beverages as well as nourishing snacks. ✔ Squeeze in a last minute workout or a brisk walk the day before to balance out long periods of sitting. ✔ Finalize your communication plan for asking for support. And if that’s just a post-it note with a list of times you’ll be tweeting, posting on Facebook or texting family and friends to ask for donations, so be it!
  23. Three days until Extra Life Game Day commences! Here are three things you might want to do to ensure you’re ready to knock Game Day out of the park. ✔ Stock up on water and other hydrating beverages as well as nourishing snacks. ✔ Squeeze in a last minute workout or a brisk walk the day before to balance out long periods of sitting. ✔ Finalize your communication plan for asking for support. And if that’s just a post-it note with a list of times you’ll be tweeting, posting on Facebook or texting family and friends to ask for donations, so be it! View full article
  24. We present you seven crazy things Extra Lifers have done to raise money, For the Kids. 1. Jack Pattillo shaves his beard at $300,000+ raised by Team Rooster Teeth: 2. Los Angeles Extra Life Guild Member, Alex Gonzalez, eats a ghost pepper to spread the word about Extra Life: 3. Extra Lifer Gassy Mexican eats cat food at $15,000+ raised: 4. Various members of team Mindcrack eating bugs at various donation levels: 5. Various Community Members getting Extra Life tattoos for raising a certain amount of funds: 6. Extra Lifer Sean Rooney Waxes his back at $45,000+ raised by team #Dominicstrong: 7. Joe Fails is changing his legal name to Joe Never Fails when he hits $10,000 in donations: View full article
  25. Hi-Rez Studios is taking gaming for our kids to the next level by offering VIP tickets to their Hi-Rez Expo January 5-8, 2017 at the Cobb Energy Center. Two VIP tickets will be awarded to the three highest 2016 Extra Life Atlanta registered fundraisers as of December 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. This four-day celebration includes the SMITE World Championship and the inaugural Paladins HRX Invitational. VIP tickets include: 4-day pass to Hi-Rez Expo VIP Swag Invitation to Hi-Rez Expo after party *Please note this does not include travel or lodging. Thank you Hi-Rez Studios for your continued support of our miracles!