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  1. This post was written by fifth-year Extra Lifer Michael Stephens playing for Boston Children's Hospital. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org. I've been a gamer all my life, and I didn't get into much charity work until I started working at my job. They partner with several groups, including Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. That's when my team and I started. The idea of playing games and being able to heal kids resonated with me so easily. We did it for Boston Children's Hospital. We were all parents except for me at the time, so this just came naturally. Then it was my turn to be a dad. But when my wife was 18 weeks pregnant, we found out our baby was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot. He was born on March 20th, transferred to Boston Children's Hospital on March 26th, and underwent open heart surgery on March 28th. It took him a month to recover, but he's not cured of his condition. He's merely repaired, and it's a disease he'll carry with him for the rest of his life. Our only hope is that my son will not be inhibited by his condition but will persevere through it and do great things with his life in spite of it all. He's 7 months old now and the happiest little boy ever. The doctors and nurses at Boston Children's Hospital saved his life and gave him a shot at a normal childhood. William Michael Stephens. He's why I Extra Life.
  2. This post was written by fifth-year Extra Lifer Michael Stephens playing for Boston Children's Hospital. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org. I've been a gamer all my life, and I didn't get into much charity work until I started working at my job. They partner with several groups, including Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. That's when my team and I started. The idea of playing games and being able to heal kids resonated with me so easily. We did it for Boston Children's Hospital. We were all parents except for me at the time, so this just came naturally. Then it was my turn to be a dad. But when my wife was 18 weeks pregnant, we found out our baby was diagnosed with Tetralogy of Fallot. He was born on March 20th, transferred to Boston Children's Hospital on March 26th, and underwent open heart surgery on March 28th. It took him a month to recover, but he's not cured of his condition. He's merely repaired, and it's a disease he'll carry with him for the rest of his life. Our only hope is that my son will not be inhibited by his condition but will persevere through it and do great things with his life in spite of it all. He's 7 months old now and the happiest little boy ever. The doctors and nurses at Boston Children's Hospital saved his life and gave him a shot at a normal childhood. William Michael Stephens. He's why I Extra Life. View full article
  3. This post was written by seven-year Extra Lifer Matt Parsons playing for Janeway Foundation. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org. For my daughter, Scarlett. While this is my 7th year as an Extra-Lifer, this year in January my daughter Scarlett was born with a cleft palate. Cleft palate is a birth defect where the roof of your mouth does not properly form, leaving an opening between the mouth and the nose. This was a scary time for us as it was not immediately diagnosed, and she was struggling to drink milk and slowly becoming jaundice and losing weight. Thanks to her children's hospital, the Janeway Children's Hospital in Newfoundland, Canada, after she is a year old she will receive reconstructive surgery (possibly multiple) to fix the cleft palate. Even with the surgery, she may still have a long road of speech therapy and hearing issues ahead of her, only time will tell. I've never needed a personal reason to participate, but this year I have one and I hope it inspires more people to participate. While you may have no current connection to a children's hospital you never know when you or someone you love may have need of their services.
  4. This post was written by seven-year Extra Lifer Matt Parsons playing for Janeway Foundation. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org. For my daughter, Scarlett. While this is my 7th year as an Extra-Lifer, this year in January my daughter Scarlett was born with a cleft palate. Cleft palate is a birth defect where the roof of your mouth does not properly form, leaving an opening between the mouth and the nose. This was a scary time for us as it was not immediately diagnosed, and she was struggling to drink milk and slowly becoming jaundice and losing weight. Thanks to her children's hospital, the Janeway Children's Hospital in Newfoundland, Canada, after she is a year old she will receive reconstructive surgery (possibly multiple) to fix the cleft palate. Even with the surgery, she may still have a long road of speech therapy and hearing issues ahead of her, only time will tell. I've never needed a personal reason to participate, but this year I have one and I hope it inspires more people to participate. While you may have no current connection to a children's hospital you never know when you or someone you love may have need of their services. View full article
  5. This post was written by first-year Extra Lifer Diane Dolan playing for Jim Pattison Children's Hospital Foundation. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org. When I was born on November 3, 1988, I weighed 1lb 11oz. I suffered four intraventricular hemorrhages grade four (bleeding in the brain) as well as having "died" I was off life support for 40 min. I started breathing, on my own, when the hospital staff lifted me to remove tubes for my parents to hold me. I had a patent ductus arterious (persistent opening between the two major blood vessels of the heart) at three weeks and my weight was down to 1lb 2oz. I suffered from Bradycardia( slower than normal heart rate)until I was seven months old. I ended up with mild retinopathy of prematurity (abnormal blood vessel growth in the retina), which was corrected before I was four months old and released from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). From six months old to two years old I suffered both petite mal (Absence) and grand mal (Tonic-clonic) seizures of unknown origin but they were controlled with medicine. When I was born my parents and family were told if I lived I would I would be non-functional. That they should put me in an institution and continue with their lives as if I didn't exist. My parents went against the medical advice given to them at the time and took me home. Over the last 30 years, I have always been a fighter right from the day I was born and have exceeded all expectations of what I was supposed to be. I Extra Life because I want the best care possible for the children and parents of the future.
  6. This post was written by first-year Extra Lifer Diane Dolan playing for Jim Pattison Children's Hospital Foundation. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org. When I was born on November 3, 1988, I weighed 1lb 11oz. I suffered four intraventricular hemorrhages grade four (bleeding in the brain) as well as having "died" I was off life support for 40 min. I started breathing, on my own, when the hospital staff lifted me to remove tubes for my parents to hold me. I had a patent ductus arterious (persistent opening between the two major blood vessels of the heart) at three weeks and my weight was down to 1lb 2oz. I suffered from Bradycardia( slower than normal heart rate)until I was seven months old. I ended up with mild retinopathy of prematurity (abnormal blood vessel growth in the retina), which was corrected before I was four months old and released from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). From six months old to two years old I suffered both petite mal (Absence) and grand mal (Tonic-clonic) seizures of unknown origin but they were controlled with medicine. When I was born my parents and family were told if I lived I would I would be non-functional. That they should put me in an institution and continue with their lives as if I didn't exist. My parents went against the medical advice given to them at the time and took me home. Over the last 30 years, I have always been a fighter right from the day I was born and have exceeded all expectations of what I was supposed to be. I Extra Life because I want the best care possible for the children and parents of the future. View full article
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    Why I Extra Life: For Will.

    This summer, I met an incredible young man named William Miller who changed my life, and the lives of everyone who got to know him. I want to tell you about him because I want to make sure his spirit lives on in the efforts of Extra Life players all over the world, this November 3rd. I think Will would be very into that. If you are able to donate, know that goes towards funding life-saving equipment, and for funding crucial patient support programs like Streetlight, ChildLife, and Arts in Medicine. I work as the Assistant Director for the Streetlight program. Streetlight is a peer support program for adolescents and young adults who have to be in the hospital for long stretches of time, or who have to come in often. A lot of patients we see have cancer, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell, or are waiting for an organ transplant. Our goals are to help patients endure long hospital stays, whether it’s through watching movies, playing games, finding any excuse to have a party, or if it’s just hanging out and helping people pass the time, vent, or just be. We say in Streetlight, “We Get To Carry Each Other”, and believe that life's ultimate privilege and joy is getting to live it with the folks you love. Streetlight normally only sees patients 13 and up, but we were told by multiple doctors, nurses, and specialists about a 12-year-old boy who was years beyond his age. His mom described him as a 25-year-old stuck inside a 12-year-old’s body… and because I’m basically a 12-year-old in a 25-year-old’s body, we hit it off pretty quickly. Will had just about played through every video game he could get his hands on. He knew the backstories, the intricate plot details, even the “conspiracy theories” behind all the video games we both loved, and we’d talk for hours about them. It wasn’t long after I introduced Will to Streetlight that he had a following of Streetlight volunteers who loved hanging out with Will, goofing around, and listening to all the hilarious and often profound things he had to say. Will was actually the first person to join the Streetlight Gaming League, our online video game community in Streetlight that allows patients and volunteers to connect through gaming, text, and voice chat whether they are here at Shands or back at home (I'm repping our Gaming League Shirt in the photo, which patients get upon induction to the league). Will had his own YouTube channel where he made game reviews and hospital life vlogs. I remember seeing his intro for the first time. “Ripped Pheonix” was his name. The title shook on the screen to the sounds of dubstep video game music. I loved it. His friends at Streetlight made sure he got a never-ending supply of great games to try out and review on his channel. He also had a habit of getting them into all sorts of shenanigans. Ask me sometime about our volunteers Logan, Michael, and Chris walking miles around hospital units to catch a Pokemon for Will on Pokemon Go. He wasn’t always the most eager to hang out, though. Sometimes we’d swing by and he’d be in terrible pain, or he’d be extremely down. He was going through more pain, complications, and struggles than most adults would ever have to bear in their lifetime. Throughout it all, though, I could not for a second imagine a more perfect family for him to have at his side. His mom, dad, and sisters sat with Will through all his pain, heard his frustrations, and had an incredible way of letting the hope inside Will shine through even in the darkest times. We’d all talk about the crazy stories his parents had about Will-- all his memories, his jokes, his plans for his YouTube channel, his favorite gamers. Even on his roughest days, we’d hear him say a sarcastic comment or some words of love and knew Will was still in there. This post was written by second-year Extra Lifer Drew Walker playing for UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org.
  8. This summer, I met an incredible young man named William Miller who changed my life, and the lives of everyone who got to know him. I want to tell you about him because I want to make sure his spirit lives on in the efforts of Extra Life players all over the world, this November 3rd. I think Will would be very into that. If you are able to donate, know that goes towards funding life-saving equipment, and for funding crucial patient support programs like Streetlight, ChildLife, and Arts in Medicine. I work as the Assistant Director for the Streetlight program. Streetlight is a peer support program for adolescents and young adults who have to be in the hospital for long stretches of time, or who have to come in often. A lot of patients we see have cancer, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell, or are waiting for an organ transplant. Our goals are to help patients endure long hospital stays, whether it’s through watching movies, playing games, finding any excuse to have a party, or if it’s just hanging out and helping people pass the time, vent, or just be. We say in Streetlight, “We Get To Carry Each Other”, and believe that life's ultimate privilege and joy is getting to live it with the folks you love. Streetlight normally only sees patients 13 and up, but we were told by multiple doctors, nurses, and specialists about a 12-year-old boy who was years beyond his age. His mom described him as a 25-year-old stuck inside a 12-year-old’s body… and because I’m basically a 12-year-old in a 25-year-old’s body, we hit it off pretty quickly. Will had just about played through every video game he could get his hands on. He knew the backstories, the intricate plot details, even the “conspiracy theories” behind all the video games we both loved, and we’d talk for hours about them. It wasn’t long after I introduced Will to Streetlight that he had a following of Streetlight volunteers who loved hanging out with Will, goofing around, and listening to all the hilarious and often profound things he had to say. Will was actually the first person to join the Streetlight Gaming League, our online video game community in Streetlight that allows patients and volunteers to connect through gaming, text, and voice chat whether they are here at Shands or back at home (I'm repping our Gaming League Shirt in the photo, which patients get upon induction to the league). Will had his own YouTube channel where he made game reviews and hospital life vlogs. I remember seeing his intro for the first time. “Ripped Pheonix” was his name. The title shook on the screen to the sounds of dubstep video game music. I loved it. His friends at Streetlight made sure he got a never-ending supply of great games to try out and review on his channel. He also had a habit of getting them into all sorts of shenanigans. Ask me sometime about our volunteers Logan, Michael, and Chris walking miles around hospital units to catch a Pokemon for Will on Pokemon Go. He wasn’t always the most eager to hang out, though. Sometimes we’d swing by and he’d be in terrible pain, or he’d be extremely down. He was going through more pain, complications, and struggles than most adults would ever have to bear in their lifetime. Throughout it all, though, I could not for a second imagine a more perfect family for him to have at his side. His mom, dad, and sisters sat with Will through all his pain, heard his frustrations, and had an incredible way of letting the hope inside Will shine through even in the darkest times. We’d all talk about the crazy stories his parents had about Will-- all his memories, his jokes, his plans for his YouTube channel, his favorite gamers. Even on his roughest days, we’d hear him say a sarcastic comment or some words of love and knew Will was still in there. This post was written by second-year Extra Lifer Drew Walker playing for UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org. View full article
  9. Hello, my name is Allison (aliceclass on twitch) I have been a part of Extra Life since May 29, 2018. I play for Children's Hospital Colorado with a team called nerdology5280 and it has been amazing. To answer the question: Why I Extra Life? We need to go back about 50 years to when my grandmother gave birth to my dad and my uncle (twins), they were born at five months and needed help. Without their children’s hospital, I wouldn’t be here to help the community that gave me my father. More recently our children’s hospital has helped my sister when she had to have surgery to remove her tonsils when she was (I think) 10, me when I was a freshman in high school having to have an upper GI done, and my baby cousin who had a really bad asthma attack and needed to be admitted to help her breathing (she’s four). I play so that I can help support the hospitals that have helped my family out so much an that have made my family healthier and living a better life. I am more recent into playing video games but the best games I love are the nostalgia games like Pac-Man, Pokémon stadium, Mario 64, and Mario Party. This post was written by first-year Extra Lifer Allison Zolman playing for Children's Hospital Colorado. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org.
  10. Hello, my name is Allison (aliceclass on twitch) I have been a part of Extra Life since May 29, 2018. I play for Children's Hospital Colorado with a team called nerdology5280 and it has been amazing. To answer the question: Why I Extra Life? We need to go back about 50 years to when my grandmother gave birth to my dad and my uncle (twins), they were born at five months and needed help. Without their children’s hospital, I wouldn’t be here to help the community that gave me my father. More recently our children’s hospital has helped my sister when she had to have surgery to remove her tonsils when she was (I think) 10, me when I was a freshman in high school having to have an upper GI done, and my baby cousin who had a really bad asthma attack and needed to be admitted to help her breathing (she’s four). I play so that I can help support the hospitals that have helped my family out so much an that have made my family healthier and living a better life. I am more recent into playing video games but the best games I love are the nostalgia games like Pac-Man, Pokémon stadium, Mario 64, and Mario Party. This post was written by first-year Extra Lifer Allison Zolman playing for Children's Hospital Colorado. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org. View full article
  11. Two pictures. 2009 and 2015, 2009 Bailey Grace Ehasz spent 11 days at CHOP ICU after being hit by a truck suffering broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. Followed by six months rehab at the Seashore house at CHOP. The doctors told us to expect our daughter would never communicate again. 2015 Bailey graduating high school. Presidential award for academic achievement. I have supported CMN Hospitals since my time at CHOP with my daughter and some of the most amazing people I have ever met in my life. Parents and kids facing unimaginable odds while dealing with tragedy and triumph. My family is filled with long-time gamers and I have dabbled in streaming for a few years. In 2017 I noticed a twitch campaign that matched donated bits using the tag #charity to an organization called Extra Life. Once I found out what it was I signed up immediately. This is my second year with Extra Life. I joined the Philadelphia guild this year. Once again, I found myself meeting some of the most amazing people all with one thing in common. A deeply personal connection to CMN Hospitals. And we are gamers which is a single united shared activity. We play, and playing is the core of childhood Mark Ehasz, and this is my story why I extra life. And P.S. Bailey is currently in her 3rd year of college working on an early education major. She wants to be a teacher. This post was written by second-year Extra Lifer Mark Ehasz playing for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org.
  12. Two pictures. 2009 and 2015, 2009 Bailey Grace Ehasz spent 11 days at CHOP ICU after being hit by a truck suffering broken bones and a traumatic brain injury. Followed by six months rehab at the Seashore house at CHOP. The doctors told us to expect our daughter would never communicate again. 2015 Bailey graduating high school. Presidential award for academic achievement. I have supported CMN Hospitals since my time at CHOP with my daughter and some of the most amazing people I have ever met in my life. Parents and kids facing unimaginable odds while dealing with tragedy and triumph. My family is filled with long-time gamers and I have dabbled in streaming for a few years. In 2017 I noticed a twitch campaign that matched donated bits using the tag #charity to an organization called Extra Life. Once I found out what it was I signed up immediately. This is my second year with Extra Life. I joined the Philadelphia guild this year. Once again, I found myself meeting some of the most amazing people all with one thing in common. A deeply personal connection to CMN Hospitals. And we are gamers which is a single united shared activity. We play, and playing is the core of childhood Mark Ehasz, and this is my story why I extra life. And P.S. Bailey is currently in her 3rd year of college working on an early education major. She wants to be a teacher. This post was written by second-year Extra Lifer Mark Ehasz playing for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org. View full article
  13. This is my brother. His name is David. He may get on my nerves, I may want to smack him upside the head, but, he is family. He's family and I love him, faults and all. You may have seen my charity drives for #ExtraLife, donations to Child's Play, and stuff like that. I do this fundraising because of him. Back in 2008, David was in a nasty car crash. He swerved to avoid a deer, hit a tree, whacked his head on the steering wheel. It was one of those nights no parent ever wants to experience. My mom still gets flashbacks whenever NBC reruns that night's SNL episode. She called my brother, who was on his way home from a party with some friends. He was supposed to be home by 10:30, but he never showed. My mom called him at 10:45, no answer. She called again at 11:00, no answer. Finally, she gets a call on her cell phone at 11:45 from the Minnesota Highway Patrol, telling her that her son is in the hospital and in a medically induced coma to keep him stabilized and reduce the swelling. David suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) caused by the whiplash of hitting his head on the steering wheel and then on the back of the headrest. He missed his Junior Prom, spending it instead in the hospital. Some of his classmates came to visit, taking time from their night to come see him. You know those Subaru commercials with the wrecked car? The ones where everyone looks at the wreck, someone says, "he lived," and they all look on in surprise and amaze? Yeah, it turns out there's an ounce of truth to those stories. This was his car after the crash. My mom still has trouble looking at this picture. So does David, for that matter. After he was brought out from his coma, he had to re-learn EVERYTHING. He had to learn how to walk, talk, eat, get dressed, everything. My mom, bless her soul, was by his side the entire time. She also finished the canine good citizen exam with Jack, pictured above and on the right in the first picture, and was able to register him as a therapy dog so he could come to visit David. Actually, this was instrumental in his recovery. You see, Jack has always had the nickname, "puppy." Even now, he's 11 years old and we still call him that. David eventually distorted it into "poopy" for reasons that we will never know. When David first saw Jack, he moved his mouth into a round shape and tried to force some sound out. Mom looked at him and asked, "are you trying to say 'poopy?'" And David grinned from ear to ear. That moment, that moment right there? That's when we knew he was going to be alright. He recognized Jack and knew who he was. Which is a lot more than most people with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can boast. Remember what I said about having to relearn everything? I meant it. Things we take for granted, like opening a jug of milk or holding a hand of cards were difficult if not impossible for him after his injury. He spent, oh, something like two or three months at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare that same year. It was tough, but he persevered. As time progressed, his dexterity improved. He was able to do more on his own. I brought one of my spare PS2s (what can I say? I'm a collector) and Guitar Hero 2 so he'd have something to do in his spare time. Turns out this was also really good for the Occupational Therapy (OT) that he was doing, so we were able to double-dip a bit! This story has a happy ending. Even with his TBI, David still managed to graduate high school with a 4.0 GPA. He then went on to college, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He traveled to Thailand, twice, with his church to teach English over there. He might not fully realize his dreams now, but you know what? He's overcome a lot to get where he is. He is the definition of a miracle if there ever was one. I owe a significant debt to Hennepin County Medical Center and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. They literally saved his life. I try and raise money as often as I can, in as many ways as I can. And this, my fellow Extra Lifers, is why I do what I do. I encourage you to share this story with the people around you. And if you can donate, even if it's $5, you can help save a kid's life. Every little bit helps. Know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that yes, it does get better. David overcame the challenges, you can too. This post was written by fourth-year Extra Lifer Ryan Juel playing for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org.
  14. This is my brother. His name is David. He may get on my nerves, I may want to smack him upside the head, but, he is family. He's family and I love him, faults and all. You may have seen my charity drives for #ExtraLife, donations to Child's Play, and stuff like that. I do this fundraising because of him. Back in 2008, David was in a nasty car crash. He swerved to avoid a deer, hit a tree, whacked his head on the steering wheel. It was one of those nights no parent ever wants to experience. My mom still gets flashbacks whenever NBC reruns that night's SNL episode. She called my brother, who was on his way home from a party with some friends. He was supposed to be home by 10:30, but he never showed. My mom called him at 10:45, no answer. She called again at 11:00, no answer. Finally, she gets a call on her cell phone at 11:45 from the Minnesota Highway Patrol, telling her that her son is in the hospital and in a medically induced coma to keep him stabilized and reduce the swelling. David suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) caused by the whiplash of hitting his head on the steering wheel and then on the back of the headrest. He missed his Junior Prom, spending it instead in the hospital. Some of his classmates came to visit, taking time from their night to come see him. You know those Subaru commercials with the wrecked car? The ones where everyone looks at the wreck, someone says, "he lived," and they all look on in surprise and amaze? Yeah, it turns out there's an ounce of truth to those stories. This was his car after the crash. My mom still has trouble looking at this picture. So does David, for that matter. After he was brought out from his coma, he had to re-learn EVERYTHING. He had to learn how to walk, talk, eat, get dressed, everything. My mom, bless her soul, was by his side the entire time. She also finished the canine good citizen exam with Jack, pictured above and on the right in the first picture, and was able to register him as a therapy dog so he could come to visit David. Actually, this was instrumental in his recovery. You see, Jack has always had the nickname, "puppy." Even now, he's 11 years old and we still call him that. David eventually distorted it into "poopy" for reasons that we will never know. When David first saw Jack, he moved his mouth into a round shape and tried to force some sound out. Mom looked at him and asked, "are you trying to say 'poopy?'" And David grinned from ear to ear. That moment, that moment right there? That's when we knew he was going to be alright. He recognized Jack and knew who he was. Which is a lot more than most people with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can boast. Remember what I said about having to relearn everything? I meant it. Things we take for granted, like opening a jug of milk or holding a hand of cards were difficult if not impossible for him after his injury. He spent, oh, something like two or three months at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare that same year. It was tough, but he persevered. As time progressed, his dexterity improved. He was able to do more on his own. I brought one of my spare PS2s (what can I say? I'm a collector) and Guitar Hero 2 so he'd have something to do in his spare time. Turns out this was also really good for the Occupational Therapy (OT) that he was doing, so we were able to double-dip a bit! This story has a happy ending. Even with his TBI, David still managed to graduate high school with a 4.0 GPA. He then went on to college, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He traveled to Thailand, twice, with his church to teach English over there. He might not fully realize his dreams now, but you know what? He's overcome a lot to get where he is. He is the definition of a miracle if there ever was one. I owe a significant debt to Hennepin County Medical Center and Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. They literally saved his life. I try and raise money as often as I can, in as many ways as I can. And this, my fellow Extra Lifers, is why I do what I do. I encourage you to share this story with the people around you. And if you can donate, even if it's $5, you can help save a kid's life. Every little bit helps. Know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that yes, it does get better. David overcame the challenges, you can too. This post was written by fourth-year Extra Lifer Ryan Juel playing for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org. View full article
  15. Yep. You read that right. Participants now fundraising for Children's Miracle Network hospitals and foundations in Canada can now receive donations in the Canadian currency. How does it work? By default, any donor who donates via credit card on www.extra-life.org and has a Canadian billing address will automatically be charged in CAD. All other transactions will be processed in USD. What does this mean for you? It means that any donations, platinum upgrades or registration fees Canadian registrants pay will be processed in CAD (assuming you're using a credit card that is registered with a billing address in Canada). It also means that any friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, strangers on the train, etc. who live in Canada and support fundraising efforts will also be charged in CAD. To put it simply, there's no more need to worry about those tricky conversion rates! This upgrade to the website will make it easier for Canadian Extra Lifers to play games, heal kids. The fundraising is turn-key, when and how you play is up to you, and children's hospitals win. Every time! We've posted more information about this upgrade at this link. Stay tuned for more improvements to the participant and donor experience coming soon. View full article
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