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Why do you #ExtraLife?


At Extra Life United and Momentum this year, one of the questions posed to the audience at the medal ceremony was "What's your why?" 


We all have our reasons for starting on this journey of saving lives through the power of play, but where and when did it start for you? More importantly, why?


In a paragraph or two, explain why you participate in Extra Life! Feel free to attach images, video clips, etc. 

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Name: Joshua Easton

Alias: Novus'Olm

Years participating: This will be Year 7 


I started participating in Extra Life 7 years ago when I was playing Rift, an mmorpg by Trion Worlds. They were holding an in-game Extra Life event and to be entirely honest I signed up because of the free loot. I raised about 75 dollars my first year and thought I was a god.


Little did I know that this would turn into a passion for me, and I'd be breaking 1,000 a few years later.


In my time with Extra Life, I've been completely changed by the stories of the families that we help and by interacting with fellow Extra Lifers. I've gained precious friendships, connections, and experience on this crazy journey and I don't plan on stopping any time soon.


Ive served as a Support Rep, Street Team Leader, Guild President of Orlando, FL, and most recently this year as one of Tori's Angels. This program had changed my life in so many ways and the kids and their families are a constant source of inspiration to me.


My name is Joshua, and I Extra Life #ForTheKids .

What's your why?

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Name: Jason O'Brien

Alias: Obrienski, obrieno

Years participating: proud to be my 5th year


Reddit....Reddit kept throwing in a thread here and there on my front page titled "It's that time again -Extra Life Gaming Marathon" and "Like gaming? Want your gaming to do good?" and my favorite "Save kids lives by just playing Games" (that last one is what got me to investigate further). I still thought it was just click bait but it peaked my interest enough to take a look. 


Talked to my Brother about it and asked if he would be up for teaming up together and doing a marathon, (at the time I didnt even realize I was supposed to raise money) then we both signed up and planned to do a 2 person marathon at the house playing PC/Console games. 


Literally the day before the marathon I realized I had not campaigned to actively request for donations, just ended up talking about how I was going to get to play games for 24 hours.....I threw an email together and many of my co-workers and facebook friends backed me by donating $400!!! 


Every year my little group has grown, Last year I had over 15 people playing. Every year I get backed by some amazing resources/companies and more importantly friends. I work in IT so I get access to some really nice hardware to set up the event, plus it means so much that my company cares enough to let me do such events. 


I have been to Extra Life United 2x and am part of the Stream Team, I did not think Extra Life was going to have this big of an impact when I first started but every year I am looking for new ways to go bigger and louder all while maintaining a family lol. Everyday I have Extra Life on my mind, and I feel blessed to be able to take part in this every year. 

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