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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. I Extra Life for TORI! Victoria is the reason Extra Life was started and is my reason to participate in this cause. My life changed after Victoria was diagnosed, we are cousins and very close in age so her being sick was very hard for me to understand- then my life changed, even more, when we lost her. For a very long time, I would try to volunteer at hospitals or be involved in other ways to help kids and I just couldn't bring back memories of her being in the hospital. Now with Extra Life, I enjoy participating, we are playing games, putting a smile on children's faces and players faces, and most of all we are raising money and awareness so that one day someone's life doesn't have to change because of a nasty disease! This post was submitted through Extra Life's Why I Extra Life by Extra Lifer Shelly Magoulas playing for Texas Children's Hospital. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org.
  8. I Extra Life for TORI! Victoria is the reason Extra Life was started and is my reason to participate in this cause. My life changed after Victoria was diagnosed, we are cousins and very close in age so her being sick was very hard for me to understand- then my life changed, even more, when we lost her. For a very long time, I would try to volunteer at hospitals or be involved in other ways to help kids and I just couldn't bring back memories of her being in the hospital. Now with Extra Life, I enjoy participating, we are playing games, putting a smile on children's faces and players faces, and most of all we are raising money and awareness so that one day someone's life doesn't have to change because of a nasty disease! This post was submitted through Extra Life's Why I Extra Life by Extra Lifer Shelly Magoulas playing for Texas Children's Hospital. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org. View full article
  9. When I was little, I was always in and out of the ICU due to my bad asthma. I remember there being a small game room, back in the day, at Arkansas Children's Hospital. When I was able to leave my room, I would go there every chance I got. Just being able to leave my hospital bed, and get in an hour or two of gaming on their NES and SNES helped just as much as the care the doctors were giving. When I found out about Extra Life after moving to Texas, memories of that tiny game room flooded back. All I could think about was how that helped me, even when I was close to death's door. I knew I had to be a part of this. I wanted, no, I had to help and do my part! Extra Life helps kids in need. I know how they feel because I was right there with them. This is why I Extra Life. This post was submitted through Extra Life's Why I Extra Life by Extra Lifer Zander Price playing for Texas Children's Hospital. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org.
  10. When I was little, I was always in and out of the ICU due to my bad asthma. I remember there being a small game room, back in the day, at Arkansas Children's Hospital. When I was able to leave my room, I would go there every chance I got. Just being able to leave my hospital bed, and get in an hour or two of gaming on their NES and SNES helped just as much as the care the doctors were giving. When I found out about Extra Life after moving to Texas, memories of that tiny game room flooded back. All I could think about was how that helped me, even when I was close to death's door. I knew I had to be a part of this. I wanted, no, I had to help and do my part! Extra Life helps kids in need. I know how they feel because I was right there with them. This is why I Extra Life. This post was submitted through Extra Life's Why I Extra Life by Extra Lifer Zander Price playing for Texas Children's Hospital. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org. View full article
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    Why I Extra Life: Tim

    Hey, my name is Tim the Asian. Gaming has always been a big part of my life. I first got involved with raising money for Extra Life by putting together the event for my group Guns of the Helghast. It was free and easy to do. This year I'll probably be playing hack//last recode Destiny 2, Killzone Shadowfall, and more. I will be playing for John's Hopkins All Children's Hospital. And this will be my first year playing in Florida. But, second time as a participant. So, come check me out on Twitch.tv/jiin_kun or over on Twitter @timtheasianinc. This post was submitted through Extra Life's Why I Extra Life by Extra Lifer Tim Horton playing for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org.
  12. Hey, my name is Tim the Asian. Gaming has always been a big part of my life. I first got involved with raising money for Extra Life by putting together the event for my group Guns of the Helghast. It was free and easy to do. This year I'll probably be playing hack//last recode Destiny 2, Killzone Shadowfall, and more. I will be playing for John's Hopkins All Children's Hospital. And this will be my first year playing in Florida. But, second time as a participant. So, come check me out on Twitch.tv/jiin_kun or over on Twitter @timtheasianinc. This post was submitted through Extra Life's Why I Extra Life by Extra Lifer Tim Horton playing for Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org. View full article
  13. I joined Extra Life purely as a way to help sick kids. Kids have little to no control over their life’s circumstances, and yet, they tend to weather storms better than most adults. Children are the future, and showing compassion to them in their times of dire need will teach them to always be compassionate. Several years later I had a child born with autism. While this isn't something that is directly relevant to the hospital I raise money for, I know others out there raise money for Autism Awareness. I continue to raise funds for Extra Life as a growing streamer, where I dedicate 100% of my income from the stream to Extra Life until my goal is filled. Once the goal is filled I switch to a modified model to ensure I have funds to invest back into the stream, and invest into further income-generating opportunities to, in turn, give more money to charitable causes. I Extra Life because I am proud to be a part of a community of people who genuinely want to help others, and have dedicated large quantities of time and funds to doing so. This post was submitted through Extra Life's Why I Extra Life by Extra Lifer Roy DePhillip playing for Johns Hopkins Children's Center. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org.
  14. I joined Extra Life purely as a way to help sick kids. Kids have little to no control over their life’s circumstances, and yet, they tend to weather storms better than most adults. Children are the future, and showing compassion to them in their times of dire need will teach them to always be compassionate. Several years later I had a child born with autism. While this isn't something that is directly relevant to the hospital I raise money for, I know others out there raise money for Autism Awareness. I continue to raise funds for Extra Life as a growing streamer, where I dedicate 100% of my income from the stream to Extra Life until my goal is filled. Once the goal is filled I switch to a modified model to ensure I have funds to invest back into the stream, and invest into further income-generating opportunities to, in turn, give more money to charitable causes. I Extra Life because I am proud to be a part of a community of people who genuinely want to help others, and have dedicated large quantities of time and funds to doing so. This post was submitted through Extra Life's Why I Extra Life by Extra Lifer Roy DePhillip playing for Johns Hopkins Children's Center. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org. View full article
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    Why I Extra Life: For Molly.

    I heard about Extra Life from Rooster Teeth and RT Sidequest about the same time. I play for my cousin’s eldest child, Molly. She was a premie and when she was little it was hard. Helmets and surgery. Braces for her legs. For a while, she seemed more distracted by lights and shiny things to even realize people were there. Now she’s 7 years old with the biggest smile and personality. I have been playing since 2013 and have no intention of stopping. I’ll play anything from video games to D&D and share as much as I can. This post was submitted through Extra Life's Why I Extra Life by Extra Lifer Robin Moore. You can learn more about Extra Life at extra-life.org.
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