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  1. SlugFest Games has done a lot for Extra Life in the tabletop gaming space during 2019. Earlier this year, they announced a promotional card themed after Extra Life that would be released exclusively to Extra Life streamers. The card, Water of Life, was compatible with all versions of The Red Dragon Inn, one of SlugFest's most popular tabletop games. Streamers were given the cards to disperse between donors and viewers, making for a very fun and interactive way to support Extra Life. On November 9, SlugFest Games hosted a livestream to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Throughout the stream, they gave away lots of prizes to those who were watching and supporting them with donations. The stream was so successful that the company ended up raising over six times their initial goal! To crown off their stream, the team introduced the 50th character coming to The Red Dragon Inn! You can see the reveal for yourselves in the video below. You can watch the full stream on The Red Dragon Inn's Twitch channel. While their main streaming day might be over and done, you can still support SlugFest Games' fundraising efforts for Extra Life by donating to their page and earning yourself some cool Red Dragon Inn swag! Everyone who donates $5 USD will be given a Water of Life card. $25 USD will net donors the Water of Life and Gold Dragon Gin cards. $100 USD donors will be given the following: A Water of Life promo card, a copy of Gold Dragon Gin, Ohava's Healing Brew, Purified Potent Pixie Power Punch, and the d6 variant of Barroom Brawl. Head over to their Extra Life fundraising page to grab yourself some of these limited edition promotional goodies. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  2. SlugFest Games has done a lot for Extra Life in the tabletop gaming space during 2019. Earlier this year, they announced a promotional card themed after Extra Life that would be released exclusively to Extra Life streamers. The card, Water of Life, was compatible with all versions of The Red Dragon Inn, one of SlugFest's most popular tabletop games. Streamers were given the cards to disperse between donors and viewers, making for a very fun and interactive way to support Extra Life. On November 9, SlugFest Games hosted a livestream to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Throughout the stream, they gave away lots of prizes to those who were watching and supporting them with donations. The stream was so successful that the company ended up raising over six times their initial goal! To crown off their stream, the team introduced the 50th character coming to The Red Dragon Inn! You can see the reveal for yourselves in the video below. You can watch the full stream on The Red Dragon Inn's Twitch channel. While their main streaming day might be over and done, you can still support SlugFest Games' fundraising efforts for Extra Life by donating to their page and earning yourself some cool Red Dragon Inn swag! Everyone who donates $5 USD will be given a Water of Life card. $25 USD will net donors the Water of Life and Gold Dragon Gin cards. $100 USD donors will be given the following: A Water of Life promo card, a copy of Gold Dragon Gin, Ohava's Healing Brew, Purified Potent Pixie Power Punch, and the d6 variant of Barroom Brawl. Head over to their Extra Life fundraising page to grab yourself some of these limited edition promotional goodies. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  3. The Extra Life Guild based in Saskatchewan has pulled together an event this weekend called the Extra Life Saskatchewan Milestone Gaming Marathon. The event will welcome gamers from all walks of life to participate in raising money for Jim Pattison Children's Hospital, a facility that was able to open its doors earlier this year due to partners like Extra Life. Due to donations and fundraising events, Saskatchewan now has its first dedicated hospital for treating mothers and children. The marathon will be held this weekend at the Cosmopolitan Senior Citizens Centre in Saskatoon. It will begin on November 16 at 9am CST and close out strong on November 17 at 9am CST. The event welcomes every kind of gamer who would like to attend, though tickets will need to be purchased either through Eventbrite or at the door. Children 12 years and under will not need a ticket, but will need an adult to accompany them. Additionally, while the event allows all non-electronic games, there are considerations for power and space if attendees want to bring a console or PC. Please contact the Saskatchewan Guild via Facebook before bringing additional electronics to the event. Below are just a few of the events happening throughout the 24-hour gaming marathon: Board games Console games Trading Card Games with Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, and more being featured prominently Tabletop RPGs run for all skill-levels by friendly local Game Masters Fighting Game tournaments for Super Smash Brothers, Tekken, and more Raffles, contests, and tournaments galore! Photos of Jim Pattison Children's Hospital were taken by Lisa Landrie – A Photogenic Life Even more is in store for those who attend. “We’re going to have a library of board games, virtual reality, some Jack Box games, 24 hours of D&D, and a local game shop and video game bar are sponsoring consoles and TVs,” explained Nolan, Extra Life Saskatchewan Guild's president. The Extra Life Saskatchewan Milestone Gaming Marathon has been organized by the Extra Life Saskatchewan Guild. As part of the event, the guild is asking all attendees to register to participate on extra-life.org prior to arriving or at the door. This year, the team is aiming to reach $20,000 USD. To register or donate to support their endeavor, please visit the team page. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  4. The Extra Life Guild based in Saskatchewan has pulled together an event this weekend called the Extra Life Saskatchewan Milestone Gaming Marathon. The event will welcome gamers from all walks of life to participate in raising money for Jim Pattison Children's Hospital, a facility that was able to open its doors earlier this year due to partners like Extra Life. Due to donations and fundraising events, Saskatchewan now has its first dedicated hospital for treating mothers and children. The marathon will be held this weekend at the Cosmopolitan Senior Citizens Centre in Saskatoon. It will begin on November 16 at 9am CST and close out strong on November 17 at 9am CST. The event welcomes every kind of gamer who would like to attend, though tickets will need to be purchased either through Eventbrite or at the door. Children 12 years and under will not need a ticket, but will need an adult to accompany them. Additionally, while the event allows all non-electronic games, there are considerations for power and space if attendees want to bring a console or PC. Please contact the Saskatchewan Guild via Facebook before bringing additional electronics to the event. Below are just a few of the events happening throughout the 24-hour gaming marathon: Board games Console games Trading Card Games with Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, and more being featured prominently Tabletop RPGs run for all skill-levels by friendly local Game Masters Fighting Game tournaments for Super Smash Brothers, Tekken, and more Raffles, contests, and tournaments galore! Photos of Jim Pattison Children's Hospital were taken by Lisa Landrie – A Photogenic Life Even more is in store for those who attend. “We’re going to have a library of board games, virtual reality, some Jack Box games, 24 hours of D&D, and a local game shop and video game bar are sponsoring consoles and TVs,” explained Nolan, Extra Life Saskatchewan Guild's president. The Extra Life Saskatchewan Milestone Gaming Marathon has been organized by the Extra Life Saskatchewan Guild. As part of the event, the guild is asking all attendees to register to participate on extra-life.org prior to arriving or at the door. This year, the team is aiming to reach $20,000 USD. To register or donate to support their endeavor, please visit the team page. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  5. Who? If you've signed up for Extra Life or have made a donation, then you've interacted with DonorDrive! A leader in cloud based peer-to-peer donations DonorDrive|Global Cloud helps us do what we do #ForTheKids by providing a digital means to collect donations online for Extra Life, Dance Marathon and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the US and Canada. What? We want to talk about using JSON information! More specifically, we want to talk about HOW you are using it to improve your fundraising. JSON data is used to capture information about Extra Life participants, that then can be output in applications for live stream alerts or display team member rankings. As our donation platform, DonorDrive is looking to improve upon the use of this data and they want to hear from you, the Extra Life Community! Next steps: Questions from you, our community: Are you a developer? Have you created an application to interact with your Extra Life fundraising efforts? Now is the time to fill this forum with your questions about the DonorDrive platform and how you can better access Extra Life participant data for your projects. The DonorDrive team will field your questions here, explain some of the upcoming enhancements. This is a great time to find out more and be a part of enhancing the streaming experience when fundraising for Extra Life. AMA on Monday, October 30th! It's happening, right here! 10/30/17 @ 8pm EST, the fine folks at Donor Drive will be hopping in the forums and answering as many of your questions as possible for ~ 1 hour. Feel free to post your question ahead of time or set your calendar to come back on October 30th! DonorDrive Who's Who: @Nik [DonorDrive] Stephens: Chief Technology Officer, wears the towering pillar of hats @Tim [DonorDrive] Mixell: Senior Application Architect, Captain of Team DonorDrive 7 years running! https://www.extra-life.org/team/donordrive @Ben [DonorDrive] Clayton: Product Integration Developer, resident Twitch enthusiast @Matt [DonorDrive] Clark: Senior Account Manager, CMNH's point guy at DonorDrive
  6. Gordon Hayward, NBA All-Star and small forward of the Boston Celtics, loves games on and off the basketball court. He also love helping the kids in his community who look up to him as a role-model. That’s why for Game Day 2019, Hayward teamed up with Extra Life to game for Boston Children’s Hospital! Hayward has played for the Celtics since July 2017. A handful of minutes into the 2017 season opener, a faulty landing caused him to suffer a debilitating leg injury that put him out of commission for the year. As a result of the injury, Hayward needed multiple surgeries to get back into playing on the court. During his time recovering, he spent his downtime playing Overwatch and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. While stuck in a medical leg brace to help him heal from the surgery, he learned how helpful gaming can be while allowing the body to heal. That inspired him to get involved in Extra Life and help kids at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Gaming was a helpful distraction for me while rehabbing,” explained Hayward, “Gaming can be a distraction tool for kids while they're in the hospital, too. That's just one reason why I'm committed to helping the kids at Boston Children's Hospital.” Back in September, Hayward visited Boston Children's Hospital to spend time gaming with the kids. The visit made local Chicago news and kicked off the basketballer's push toward his Game Day stream on November 2. Everything Hayward raises through Extra Life will go to support Boston Children’s Hospital. He’s playing to build up the Every Child Fund's mission at Boston Children's. The Every Child Fund includes the Child Life Program that was designed to help children feel at home and comfortable in the hospital through fun activities, games, and more. The goal is to help kids heal faster by improving their environment and lifting their spirits. Hayward set up an Extra Life page and team for his Game Day streaming efforts. His goal for 2019? $10,000 USD! If you want to join Hayward on his mission to help the kids of Boston, donations are being taken throughout 2019. You can even start you own page and host your own event to raise money from your community to help kids in your local children’s hospital. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  7. Gordon Hayward, NBA All-Star and small forward of the Boston Celtics, loves games on and off the basketball court. He also love helping the kids in his community who look up to him as a role-model. That’s why for Game Day 2019, Hayward teamed up with Extra Life to game for Boston Children’s Hospital! Hayward has played for the Celtics since July 2017. A handful of minutes into the 2017 season opener, a faulty landing caused him to suffer a debilitating leg injury that put him out of commission for the year. As a result of the injury, Hayward needed multiple surgeries to get back into playing on the court. During his time recovering, he spent his downtime playing Overwatch and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. While stuck in a medical leg brace to help him heal from the surgery, he learned how helpful gaming can be while allowing the body to heal. That inspired him to get involved in Extra Life and help kids at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Gaming was a helpful distraction for me while rehabbing,” explained Hayward, “Gaming can be a distraction tool for kids while they're in the hospital, too. That's just one reason why I'm committed to helping the kids at Boston Children's Hospital.” Back in September, Hayward visited Boston Children's Hospital to spend time gaming with the kids. The visit made local Chicago news and kicked off the basketballer's push toward his Game Day stream on November 2. Everything Hayward raises through Extra Life will go to support Boston Children’s Hospital. He’s playing to build up the Every Child Fund's mission at Boston Children's. The Every Child Fund includes the Child Life Program that was designed to help children feel at home and comfortable in the hospital through fun activities, games, and more. The goal is to help kids heal faster by improving their environment and lifting their spirits. Hayward set up an Extra Life page and team for his Game Day streaming efforts. His goal for 2019? $10,000 USD! If you want to join Hayward on his mission to help the kids of Boston, donations are being taken throughout 2019. You can even start you own page and host your own event to raise money from your community to help kids in your local children’s hospital. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  8. People tend to struggle with their mental health during the winter months. Shorter days, colder nights, and inclement weather all come together to form a potent cocktail. Those environmental can all encourage isolation, lethargy, and deprive us of precious vitamin D, all of which place additional stress on an individual's mental health. No one is immune from a struggle with mental health, not even the kids who come into Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. From the leadership at the top of CMNH to the bottom along with the people we work with in the hospitals themselves, everyone who works for the kids cares about mental health and well-being of the kids who need help. We recognize that exercise, socializing, and getting enough sunlight isn't enough to address the underlying mental illnesses that both kids and adults face. Therapy is sometimes necessary. Other times, patients need medication to address the underlying physical aspects of mental illness. One of the people in the Extra Life community who has been one of the most vocal advocates for mental health issues is Rooster Teeth host, voice actress, and Extra Lifer Caiti Ward. She has taken on the role of a mental health advocate by using her platform to share her journey from the perspective of someone who lives with mental illness. Her efforts have given a human face to conditions that often leave those who struggle with mental health feeling othered. Writing about her experiences graduating from an intensive therapy program in 2015, Ward said the following: I know that mental illness unfortunately still has a giant, belittling stigma associated with it, but I also know that one day it won’t. I choose to pretend today is that day, so I’m sharing my graduation of group therapy with you, because I am so proud of myself. There's no shame in struggling with your thoughts and feelings - and no shame reaching out for help. Everyone needs a little help sometimes. Mental illness, particularly depression, unfortunately affects so many of our youth. That's why we are happy that leaders in the community like Ward can come together to help those struggling in their local areas. The Rooster Teeth team has spent several years raising money for Dell Children's Hospital in Austin. One of their crowning achievements thus far has been a massive contribution to the facilities mental health ward that resulted in the opening of The Rooster Teeth Healing Garden last year. Rooster Teeth's annual Extra Life stream will be this weekend on November 9th. Caiti Ward and the wonderful people on the team will be streaming for 24 hours to make sure that Dell Children's Hospital (and this year Children's Hospital of Los Angeles) will be able to keep helping kids heal their bodies and their minds. You can join their team or donate to their overall goal via their Extra Life page or by purchasing exclusive merch during the stream from store.roosterteeth.com. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round!
  9. People tend to struggle with their mental health during the winter months. Shorter days, colder nights, and inclement weather all come together to form a potent cocktail. Those environmental can all encourage isolation, lethargy, and deprive us of precious vitamin D, all of which place additional stress on an individual's mental health. No one is immune from a struggle with mental health, not even the kids who come into Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. From the leadership at the top of CMNH to the bottom along with the people we work with in the hospitals themselves, everyone who works for the kids cares about mental health and well-being of the kids who need help. We recognize that exercise, socializing, and getting enough sunlight isn't enough to address the underlying mental illnesses that both kids and adults face. Therapy is sometimes necessary. Other times, patients need medication to address the underlying physical aspects of mental illness. One of the people in the Extra Life community who has been one of the most vocal advocates for mental health issues is Rooster Teeth host, voice actress, and Extra Lifer Caiti Ward. She has taken on the role of a mental health advocate by using her platform to share her journey from the perspective of someone who lives with mental illness. Her efforts have given a human face to conditions that often leave those who struggle with mental health feeling othered. Writing about her experiences graduating from an intensive therapy program in 2015, Ward said the following: I know that mental illness unfortunately still has a giant, belittling stigma associated with it, but I also know that one day it won’t. I choose to pretend today is that day, so I’m sharing my graduation of group therapy with you, because I am so proud of myself. There's no shame in struggling with your thoughts and feelings - and no shame reaching out for help. Everyone needs a little help sometimes. Mental illness, particularly depression, unfortunately affects so many of our youth. That's why we are happy that leaders in the community like Ward can come together to help those struggling in their local areas. The Rooster Teeth team has spent several years raising money for Dell Children's Hospital in Austin. One of their crowning achievements thus far has been a massive contribution to the facilities mental health ward that resulted in the opening of The Rooster Teeth Healing Garden last year. Rooster Teeth's annual Extra Life stream will be this weekend on November 9th. Caiti Ward and the wonderful people on the team will be streaming for 24 hours to make sure that Dell Children's Hospital (and this year Children's Hospital of Los Angeles) will be able to keep helping kids heal their bodies and their minds. You can join their team or donate to their overall goal via their Extra Life page or by purchasing exclusive merch during the stream from store.roosterteeth.com. It's never too late to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! Donations for 2019 are accepted year-round! View full article
  10. Mindcrack has been one of the longest running organizations supporting Extra Life. Beginning in 2013, the team has raised almost $1 million USD for the kids through their combined efforts. This year, they are around $60,000 USD shy of their overall fundraising mission to surpass $1 million USD. Last year, the Mindcrack team managed to raise a little over $100,000 USD. They have set a goal this year of $200,000 USD and currently sit at $52,991 USD. The team feels very confident that their 48-hour Extra Life stream that begins on October 25 will be what tips the team into their bold new frontier of fundraising. All of your favorite Mindcrack streamers will be involved: Guude Aureylian Arkas Jsano KurtJMac SethBling Sevadus W92Baj OMGChad Mhykol Pakratt Pyro The Mindcrack stream will be sponsored by Marriott International, Asus, MadeGood, and MODX. Additionally, the stream will feature a variety of super-secret surprise guests on the stream for additional commentary. These guests will also appear in the Minecraft Ultra Hardcore matches that the Mindcrack team has been known for. The team behind Mindcrack has been so dedicated to fundraising for Extra Life that some of them have become Extra Life Ambassadors! We featured Aureylian as she geared up for a recent stream to raise money for Children’s Hospital of St. Louis. There’s also Guude, who plays for Duke Hospital in North Carolina. OMGChad raises money for Dallas’ Children’s Medical Center. Finally, Sevadus has been playing for Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Hawaii. The stream will begin on October 25 at 12pm CDT with a lengthy pre-show. The stream proper will begin that night at 6pm CDT. Beginning with building games and VR horror games, it will go into the wee hours of the morning with audience involvement activities like Twitch Sings, Jack Box, and more! Saturday the 26th will feature the first Minecraft Ultra Hardcore match strange games like Battleship Twister, and something called “Bob Ross Paint Human Canvas.” The 27th will bring another round of Minecraft Ultra Hardcore, poker, and a spicy challenge before wrapping up with a closing ceremony at 5pm CDT. Be sure to tune into all of the craziness on Twitch or the specially made Mindecrack Marathon website. You can join or support the Mindcrack fundraising efforts on their Extra Life team page. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  11. Mindcrack has been one of the longest running organizations supporting Extra Life. Beginning in 2013, the team has raised almost $1 million USD for the kids through their combined efforts. This year, they are around $60,000 USD shy of their overall fundraising mission to surpass $1 million USD. Last year, the Mindcrack team managed to raise a little over $100,000 USD. They have set a goal this year of $200,000 USD and currently sit at $52,991 USD. The team feels very confident that their 48-hour Extra Life stream that begins on October 25 will be what tips the team into their bold new frontier of fundraising. All of your favorite Mindcrack streamers will be involved: Guude Aureylian Arkas Jsano KurtJMac SethBling Sevadus W92Baj OMGChad Mhykol Pakratt Pyro The Mindcrack stream will be sponsored by Marriott International, Asus, MadeGood, and MODX. Additionally, the stream will feature a variety of super-secret surprise guests on the stream for additional commentary. These guests will also appear in the Minecraft Ultra Hardcore matches that the Mindcrack team has been known for. The team behind Mindcrack has been so dedicated to fundraising for Extra Life that some of them have become Extra Life Ambassadors! We featured Aureylian as she geared up for a recent stream to raise money for Children’s Hospital of St. Louis. There’s also Guude, who plays for Duke Hospital in North Carolina. OMGChad raises money for Dallas’ Children’s Medical Center. Finally, Sevadus has been playing for Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Hawaii. The stream will begin on October 25 at 12pm CDT with a lengthy pre-show. The stream proper will begin that night at 6pm CDT. Beginning with building games and VR horror games, it will go into the wee hours of the morning with audience involvement activities like Twitch Sings, Jack Box, and more! Saturday the 26th will feature the first Minecraft Ultra Hardcore match strange games like Battleship Twister, and something called “Bob Ross Paint Human Canvas.” The 27th will bring another round of Minecraft Ultra Hardcore, poker, and a spicy challenge before wrapping up with a closing ceremony at 5pm CDT. Be sure to tune into all of the craziness on Twitch or the specially made Mindecrack Marathon website. You can join or support the Mindcrack fundraising efforts on their Extra Life team page. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  12. Wizards of the Coast has been a longtime supporter of all things Extra Life. This year, though, their Magic: The Gathering division has outdone themselves in a collaboration with Hasbro that resulted in official Magic cards based on several of the ponies from My Little Pony. These special cards will be packaged in a bundle and sold to benefit Extra Life from October 22 through November 5. Ponies: The Galloping aims to provide a fun and comprehensive experience for Magic: The Gathering players. The package includes three Magic cards featuring some of the most recognizable ponies: Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Princess Luna, and Nightmare Moon (the latter two being featured on opposite sides of the same card). Each Magic card features a silver border and specific in-game instructions. Notably, Twilight Sparkle contains a reference to other My Little Pony cards that aren't currently in the game... intriguing! Magic players will be able to pick up the Ponies: The Galloping set through HasbroPulse.com during the limited offer. Each set will cost $50 USD, which might cause some hesitation even among fans. However, Wizards of the Coast has pledged to donate $30 USD for every set sold to Seattle Children's Hospital through Extra Life. If that wasn't good enough already, Wizards of the Coast has teamed up with Ultra PRO to create a bundle of special Ponies: The Galloping playmats for either Magic: The Gathering gameplay or use as mousepads. The bundle includes three playmats modeled after the cards, meaning one will be doublesided to showcase Nightmare Moon and Princess Luna. The mats protect cards during gameplay and feature a slip-resistant backside so they aren't moving around while in use. The playmat bundle will also be sold on HasbroPulse from October 22 through November 5 and will cost $100 USD, $80 USD of which goes to Extra Life. Finally, Wizards of the Coast will be donating the proceeds of sales from My Little Pony (and a flippin' rad Extra Life logo) sleeves on MTG Arena, their digital version of the card game. Additionally, during the official Wizards of the Coast stream on Game Day, those who donate $20 USD will be given codes for one of each in-game rewards: 1 random alternate-art land card (chosen from among Blood Crypt, Temple Garden, Godless Shrine, Watery Grave, Hallowed Fountain, Sacred Foundry, Overgrown Tomb, Steam Vents, Stomping Ground, and Breeding Pool) 1 nontradeable Ajani, Extra Life Mascot avatar 1 nontradeable Twilight Sparkle, Princess of Magic and Friendship avatar The Game Day stream during which this $20 USD offer is valid runs on November 2 from 3pm - 12pm. The stream will feature prominent influencers in the Magic community who have agreed to take part in a series of mysterious challenges. Wizards of the Coast teasingly says that if you want to learn more, you'll have to tune into the stream on Game Day.
  13. Wizards of the Coast has been a longtime supporter of all things Extra Life. This year, though, their Magic: The Gathering division has outdone themselves in a collaboration with Hasbro that resulted in official Magic cards based on several of the ponies from My Little Pony. These special cards will be packaged in a bundle and sold to benefit Extra Life from October 22 through November 5. Ponies: The Galloping aims to provide a fun and comprehensive experience for Magic: The Gathering players. The package includes three Magic cards featuring some of the most recognizable ponies: Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Princess Luna, and Nightmare Moon (the latter two being featured on opposite sides of the same card). Each Magic card features a silver border and specific in-game instructions. Notably, Twilight Sparkle contains a reference to other My Little Pony cards that aren't currently in the game... intriguing! Magic players will be able to pick up the Ponies: The Galloping set through HasbroPulse.com during the limited offer. Each set will cost $50 USD, which might cause some hesitation even among fans. However, Wizards of the Coast has pledged to donate $30 USD for every set sold to Seattle Children's Hospital through Extra Life. If that wasn't good enough already, Wizards of the Coast has teamed up with Ultra PRO to create a bundle of special Ponies: The Galloping playmats for either Magic: The Gathering gameplay or use as mousepads. The bundle includes three playmats modeled after the cards, meaning one will be doublesided to showcase Nightmare Moon and Princess Luna. The mats protect cards during gameplay and feature a slip-resistant backside so they aren't moving around while in use. The playmat bundle will also be sold on HasbroPulse from October 22 through November 5 and will cost $100 USD, $80 USD of which goes to Extra Life. Finally, Wizards of the Coast will be donating the proceeds of sales from My Little Pony (and a flippin' rad Extra Life logo) sleeves on MTG Arena, their digital version of the card game. Additionally, during the official Wizards of the Coast stream on Game Day, those who donate $20 USD will be given codes for one of each in-game rewards: 1 random alternate-art land card (chosen from among Blood Crypt, Temple Garden, Godless Shrine, Watery Grave, Hallowed Fountain, Sacred Foundry, Overgrown Tomb, Steam Vents, Stomping Ground, and Breeding Pool) 1 nontradeable Ajani, Extra Life Mascot avatar 1 nontradeable Twilight Sparkle, Princess of Magic and Friendship avatar The Game Day stream during which this $20 USD offer is valid runs on November 2 from 3pm - 12pm. The stream will feature prominent influencers in the Magic community who have agreed to take part in a series of mysterious challenges. Wizards of the Coast teasingly says that if you want to learn more, you'll have to tune into the stream on Game Day. View full article
  14. Tomorrow marks the beginning of Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo (EGLX) weekend. This will be the fifth year the show has been put on and Extra Life is happy to be a part of the event. You will be able to see us from our traditional booth presence on the show floor as well as during various stretches of time on the EGLX main stage. The weekend will be highlighting a number of streamers and special guests from both the game industry and SickKids, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Toronto. EGLX 2019 takes place from October 18-20 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in Toronto. The event brings gamers from across Canada together to celebrate gaming. There are both casual and competitive tournaments, live shows, free play areas for casual, communal gaming, unique convention storefronts, as well as recently released and upcoming games from indie studios and AAA publishers. The list of confirmed guests includes the likes of Kinda Funny Games' Greg, Nick, and Andy, the creators of Death Battle, the team behind Game Attack, and Kris Wilson of Cyanide & Happiness. Extra Life will be appearing on the main stage throughout the event during 10 minute intervals that EGLX has been gracious enough to provide for us. We'll be talking about Extra Life's wider mission to help kids in Canada and the United States while also getting into more specifics about Toronto's own SickKids hospital. Keep your eyes peeled for a lengthier appearance on Sunday where Extra Life will be taking the stage for a full half-hour along with a Champion Child from SickKids. If you will be at the event in person, be sure to stop by and say hello at booth 311. We will have our own free play stations, host a rotation of special guests for attendees to interact and play with, and be giving away prizes sponsored by Arozzi Gaming Chairs, Dell, and more! The booth will be staffed by employees from SickKids, Extra Lifers, and maybe even one of the kids who has been helped by Extra Life donations. SickKids, also known as The Hospital for Sick Children, is one of the most research-oriented hospitals in Canada. It offers cutting-edge care, both specialized and general, for kids in the Toronto area and beyond. Their goal is to keep pushing the boundaries of care to make sure that every child receives comprehensive, safe, and effective care. To learn more or participate in raising money for SickKids through Extra Life, you can head over to: SKExtraLife.com. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  15. Tomorrow marks the beginning of Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo (EGLX) weekend. This will be the fifth year the show has been put on and Extra Life is happy to be a part of the event. You will be able to see us from our traditional booth presence on the show floor as well as during various stretches of time on the EGLX main stage. The weekend will be highlighting a number of streamers and special guests from both the game industry and SickKids, the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital in Toronto. EGLX 2019 takes place from October 18-20 at the Metro Toronto Convention Center in Toronto. The event brings gamers from across Canada together to celebrate gaming. There are both casual and competitive tournaments, live shows, free play areas for casual, communal gaming, unique convention storefronts, as well as recently released and upcoming games from indie studios and AAA publishers. The list of confirmed guests includes the likes of Kinda Funny Games' Greg, Nick, and Andy, the creators of Death Battle, the team behind Game Attack, and Kris Wilson of Cyanide & Happiness. Extra Life will be appearing on the main stage throughout the event during 10 minute intervals that EGLX has been gracious enough to provide for us. We'll be talking about Extra Life's wider mission to help kids in Canada and the United States while also getting into more specifics about Toronto's own SickKids hospital. Keep your eyes peeled for a lengthier appearance on Sunday where Extra Life will be taking the stage for a full half-hour along with a Champion Child from SickKids. If you will be at the event in person, be sure to stop by and say hello at booth 311. We will have our own free play stations, host a rotation of special guests for attendees to interact and play with, and be giving away prizes sponsored by Arozzi Gaming Chairs, Dell, and more! The booth will be staffed by employees from SickKids, Extra Lifers, and maybe even one of the kids who has been helped by Extra Life donations. SickKids, also known as The Hospital for Sick Children, is one of the most research-oriented hospitals in Canada. It offers cutting-edge care, both specialized and general, for kids in the Toronto area and beyond. Their goal is to keep pushing the boundaries of care to make sure that every child receives comprehensive, safe, and effective care. To learn more or participate in raising money for SickKids through Extra Life, you can head over to: SKExtraLife.com. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  16. Today is Canadian Thanksgiving, a day for celebrating accomplishments and being thankful for the blessings of the past year. We wanted to take a minute to celebrate the amazing things the Extra Life community has helped accomplish across Canada in just the last month or so. It has been incredible watching Extra Life's partners and dedicated participants come together to raise awareness, shatter fundraising goals, and even help start entirely new hospitals. This year, we are thankful for all of you. Thank you! DreamHack Montreal - September 6-8 DreamHack Montreal kicked off an amazing month for Extra Life in Canada. The competitive gaming event brought together gamers from across all of Canada as well as a large number from the United States. The event was generous enough to provide Extra Life with two booth spaces, one for streamers to raise money for local hospitals and another to talk with attendees throughout the weekend. Streamers took shifts at the booth that varied between 4 -24 hours. Hospital Champion, Jean-Gilles, attended the final two days of DreamHack with his mom, playing new games, interviewing streamers, and chatting with Extra Lifers. In total, the amazing efforts of Extra Lifers at DreamHack Montreal were able to raise over $14,000 CND (over $10,000 USD) for local kids. Extra Life North - September 7-8 The same weekend as DreamHack Montreal, Extra Lifers from across central Canada descended upon Winnipeg to participate in Extra Life North, a weekend-long fundraiser to help the kids in the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. Numerous organizations worked with local Extra Lifers to pull the event together, particularly Bold Commerce, Flocker, and RBC. The event was attended by several Miracle Children, local celebrities, and Canadian Olympians. In total, the event raised over $73,000 CND (over $50,000 USD) for the kids of Manitoba. First Patient Day at Jim Pattison Children's Hospital - September 29 Jim Pattison Children's Hospital opened its doors to the very first kids in need of treatment late last month. That tremendous occasion, which was made possible with the support of partners like Extra Life, marked the first time patients in the province had access to a dedicated maternal and children's hospital. The facility provides tailored care to the needs of babies, kids, and moms who come from across Saskatchewan for help. Hospitals can be scary for kids, so Jim Pattison Children's Hospital has been built to be as friendly and welcoming as possible to its youngest patients. We here at Extra Life are so proud to have been able to play a small part in making JPCH into a reality. Photos from the event were taken by Lisa Landrie - A Photogenic Life. Extra Life Ottawa Summit - October 5 Extra Life guild members in Ottawa were able to partner with their local Marriott Hotel to put together their own gaming event earlier this month! Extra Life Ottawa Summit created a free play area where attendees could enjoy both tabletop and video games while taking in the expansive views from the space the hotel was able to provide. Those who attended the event had a fantastic time gaming, networking, and taking in the event itself. There are currently plans in motion to grow the event for next year while working with the wonderful people at the Ottawa Marriott. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  17. Today is Canadian Thanksgiving, a day for celebrating accomplishments and being thankful for the blessings of the past year. We wanted to take a minute to celebrate the amazing things the Extra Life community has helped accomplish across Canada in just the last month or so. It has been incredible watching Extra Life's partners and dedicated participants come together to raise awareness, shatter fundraising goals, and even help start entirely new hospitals. This year, we are thankful for all of you. Thank you! DreamHack Montreal - September 6-8 DreamHack Montreal kicked off an amazing month for Extra Life in Canada. The competitive gaming event brought together gamers from across all of Canada as well as a large number from the United States. The event was generous enough to provide Extra Life with two booth spaces, one for streamers to raise money for local hospitals and another to talk with attendees throughout the weekend. Streamers took shifts at the booth that varied between 4 -24 hours. Hospital Champion, Jean-Gilles, attended the final two days of DreamHack with his mom, playing new games, interviewing streamers, and chatting with Extra Lifers. In total, the amazing efforts of Extra Lifers at DreamHack Montreal were able to raise over $14,000 CND (over $10,000 USD) for local kids. Extra Life North - September 7-8 The same weekend as DreamHack Montreal, Extra Lifers from across central Canada descended upon Winnipeg to participate in Extra Life North, a weekend-long fundraiser to help the kids in the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. Numerous organizations worked with local Extra Lifers to pull the event together, particularly Bold Commerce, Flocker, and RBC. The event was attended by several Miracle Children, local celebrities, and Canadian Olympians. In total, the event raised over $73,000 CND (over $50,000 USD) for the kids of Manitoba. First Patient Day at Jim Pattison Children's Hospital - September 29 Jim Pattison Children's Hospital opened its doors to the very first kids in need of treatment late last month. That tremendous occasion, which was made possible with the support of partners like Extra Life, marked the first time patients in the province had access to a dedicated maternal and children's hospital. The facility provides tailored care to the needs of babies, kids, and moms who come from across Saskatchewan for help. Hospitals can be scary for kids, so Jim Pattison Children's Hospital has been built to be as friendly and welcoming as possible to its youngest patients. We here at Extra Life are so proud to have been able to play a small part in making JPCH into a reality. Photos from the event were taken by Lisa Landrie - A Photogenic Life. Extra Life Ottawa Summit - October 5 Extra Life guild members in Ottawa were able to partner with their local Marriott Hotel to put together their own gaming event earlier this month! Extra Life Ottawa Summit created a free play area where attendees could enjoy both tabletop and video games while taking in the expansive views from the space the hotel was able to provide. Those who attended the event had a fantastic time gaming, networking, and taking in the event itself. There are currently plans in motion to grow the event for next year while working with the wonderful people at the Ottawa Marriott. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  18. Join in the fun tomorrow as one of our most dedicated Extra Lifers kicks off a 12 hour charity marathon! Aureylian will be playing a variety of games (and even doing some live singing!) on her Twitch stream while working to raise $12,000 USD for the kids at St. Louis Children's Hospital. There will be a number of incentives for fundraising including pies to the face, gift packages, and more! If you aren't aware, Aureylian has been participating in Extra Life for the past five years making use of her platform as a Twitch Ambassador to help kids in her local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. She regularly gives key note speeches at TwitchCon, Twitch's PAX events, appears prominently in Mindcrack events, and served as a co-host for MineCon Earth in 2018. Her streaming channel is best known for Minecraft and The Sims, but she also branches out into a variety of FPS games. She even played a part in Michelle Obama's Twitch stream that was held for #CollegeSigningDay alongside Ninja and Anne Munition! Over the past several years, Aureylian has raised over $47,000 USD for the kids at St. Louis Children's Hospital. With her goal this year, she's hoping to reach or surpass the $60,000 USD mark. She boasts a following of over 150,000 on Twitch and just shy of 300,000 on YouTube. She has been one of our biggest supporters, earning her the title of Extra Life Ambassador for 2019. We are so proud to be able to work with such a positive force in the gaming community to build something amazing for children across the United States and Canada. If you are curious about what will be going down on the stream itself, a wide variety of activities are planned. The action will start off with a chill morning stream of the house renovation game House Flipper at 8am PT. Following that, get ready for some spooky fun at 10am PT with a playthrough of a Minecraft adventure set in an eerie realm. Speaking of realms, the latest expansion for The Sims, Realm of Magic, will be up at 12pm PT. Subnautica will be the core afternoon game from 2pm PT until 4pm PT. In the late afternoon and into the evening, Aureylian will be putting her voice to the test with two hours of Twitch Sings where donors will choose which songs she belts out live until 6pm PT. The last two hour segment of the stream will be either Green Hell Game or Resident Evil II depending on whether donors have reached the $5,000 USD incentive mark. There will be plenty of other things popping up on the stream on top of all of that, from guests to incentive breaks to giveaways. It's gonna be a great time! Finally, Aureylian's Twitch stream has been sponsored by MadeGood, a company that produces organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO snacks for kids in a facility free from the 8 common allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, dairy, egg, soy, sesame, fish and shellfish. At least one of the prizes being given away during her stream will consist of a MadeGood giveaway. One of the really neat things about this sponsorship is that during the month of October, MadeGood will be donating a portion of their Chocolate Chip Granola Mini Bar sales to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals! These bars are limited and will only be sold during the month of October, so get 'em while they're hot from most major retailers or online through Amazon or MadeGood itself! If you have any questions about the product, be sure to reach out to MadeGood's social media presence on Twitter: @MadeGoodFoods. Be sure to tune in to Aureylian's Twitch stream any time tomorrow from 8am PT until 8pm PT. Hope we'll see you there! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  19. Join in the fun tomorrow as one of our most dedicated Extra Lifers kicks off a 12 hour charity marathon! Aureylian will be playing a variety of games (and even doing some live singing!) on her Twitch stream while working to raise $12,000 USD for the kids at St. Louis Children's Hospital. There will be a number of incentives for fundraising including pies to the face, gift packages, and more! If you aren't aware, Aureylian has been participating in Extra Life for the past five years making use of her platform as a Twitch Ambassador to help kids in her local Children's Miracle Network Hospital. She regularly gives key note speeches at TwitchCon, Twitch's PAX events, appears prominently in Mindcrack events, and served as a co-host for MineCon Earth in 2018. Her streaming channel is best known for Minecraft and The Sims, but she also branches out into a variety of FPS games. She even played a part in Michelle Obama's Twitch stream that was held for #CollegeSigningDay alongside Ninja and Anne Munition! Over the past several years, Aureylian has raised over $47,000 USD for the kids at St. Louis Children's Hospital. With her goal this year, she's hoping to reach or surpass the $60,000 USD mark. She boasts a following of over 150,000 on Twitch and just shy of 300,000 on YouTube. She has been one of our biggest supporters, earning her the title of Extra Life Ambassador for 2019. We are so proud to be able to work with such a positive force in the gaming community to build something amazing for children across the United States and Canada. If you are curious about what will be going down on the stream itself, a wide variety of activities are planned. The action will start off with a chill morning stream of the house renovation game House Flipper at 8am PT. Following that, get ready for some spooky fun at 10am PT with a playthrough of a Minecraft adventure set in an eerie realm. Speaking of realms, the latest expansion for The Sims, Realm of Magic, will be up at 12pm PT. Subnautica will be the core afternoon game from 2pm PT until 4pm PT. In the late afternoon and into the evening, Aureylian will be putting her voice to the test with two hours of Twitch Sings where donors will choose which songs she belts out live until 6pm PT. The last two hour segment of the stream will be either Green Hell Game or Resident Evil II depending on whether donors have reached the $5,000 USD incentive mark. There will be plenty of other things popping up on the stream on top of all of that, from guests to incentive breaks to giveaways. It's gonna be a great time! Finally, Aureylian's Twitch stream has been sponsored by MadeGood, a company that produces organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO snacks for kids in a facility free from the 8 common allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, dairy, egg, soy, sesame, fish and shellfish. At least one of the prizes being given away during her stream will consist of a MadeGood giveaway. One of the really neat things about this sponsorship is that during the month of October, MadeGood will be donating a portion of their Chocolate Chip Granola Mini Bar sales to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals! These bars are limited and will only be sold during the month of October, so get 'em while they're hot from most major retailers or online through Amazon or MadeGood itself! If you have any questions about the product, be sure to reach out to MadeGood's social media presence on Twitter: @MadeGoodFoods. Be sure to tune in to Aureylian's Twitch stream any time tomorrow from 8am PT until 8pm PT. Hope we'll see you there! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  20. For Hispanic Heritage Month, we here at Extra Life wanted to highlight the incredible work San Jorge Children's Hospital does in Puerto Rico. The hospital provides every kind of sub-specialty to the children who pass through its doors. That puts the hospital in a unique position where it can handle bone marrow transplants, asthma, diabetes, cancer treatment, plastic surgery, as well as intensive and emergency room care. With hundreds of pediatricians and specialists, San Jorge Children's Hospital does everything it can to help everyone it can. One of the amazing things about San Jorge Children's Hospital is that 95% of charitable donations goes directly toward charitable care. Extra Life donations make treatment for many of the kids who need care possible. We are proud of being able to work with the hospital to make sure that every kid can receive the care they need regardless of their family's ability to pay. The giving that Extra Life helps to bring out of the gaming community goes to helping kids like Juan Diego. His father developed cancer in his ear, necessitating costly treatment. Shortly after that, Juan Diego became ill, too. While he fought to become healthy again, his sister developed a serious condition. "[The hospital] appeared when we needed them; when we don't have enough for some lab test... or he needs psychological or psychiatric help," explained Juan Diego's mother. "[His father] gets cancer in his ear, after that Juan Diego, and it last happened with our daughter. She went to live with God." The family was able to continue on with the help of funds that came from Extra Life donations to the hospital, something that they might not have been able to do in the wake of destruction from Hurricane Maria which damaged their home along with the homes of hundreds of thousands of others. San Jorge Children's Hospital does great work, so spare a moment of your time to learn more about them and the amazing things they are doing for the kids of Puerto Rico. September 15th through October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. This period stands as a time for Americans to celebrate the cultures and histories of friends, family, and neighbors whose roots stem from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The month-long event began in 1988. The unique dating of the month comes from the annual independence observances of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, which all occur on September 15th. The date is followed by the independence days of Mexico (September 16) and Chile (September 18). You can learn more about the day on the month's dedicated website. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  21. For Hispanic Heritage Month, we here at Extra Life wanted to highlight the incredible work San Jorge Children's Hospital does in Puerto Rico. The hospital provides every kind of sub-specialty to the children who pass through its doors. That puts the hospital in a unique position where it can handle bone marrow transplants, asthma, diabetes, cancer treatment, plastic surgery, as well as intensive and emergency room care. With hundreds of pediatricians and specialists, San Jorge Children's Hospital does everything it can to help everyone it can. One of the amazing things about San Jorge Children's Hospital is that 95% of charitable donations goes directly toward charitable care. Extra Life donations make treatment for many of the kids who need care possible. We are proud of being able to work with the hospital to make sure that every kid can receive the care they need regardless of their family's ability to pay. The giving that Extra Life helps to bring out of the gaming community goes to helping kids like Juan Diego. His father developed cancer in his ear, necessitating costly treatment. Shortly after that, Juan Diego became ill, too. While he fought to become healthy again, his sister developed a serious condition. "[The hospital] appeared when we needed them; when we don't have enough for some lab test... or he needs psychological or psychiatric help," explained Juan Diego's mother. "[His father] gets cancer in his ear, after that Juan Diego, and it last happened with our daughter. She went to live with God." The family was able to continue on with the help of funds that came from Extra Life donations to the hospital, something that they might not have been able to do in the wake of destruction from Hurricane Maria which damaged their home along with the homes of hundreds of thousands of others. San Jorge Children's Hospital does great work, so spare a moment of your time to learn more about them and the amazing things they are doing for the kids of Puerto Rico. September 15th through October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. This period stands as a time for Americans to celebrate the cultures and histories of friends, family, and neighbors whose roots stem from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The month-long event began in 1988. The unique dating of the month comes from the annual independence observances of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, which all occur on September 15th. The date is followed by the independence days of Mexico (September 16) and Chile (September 18). You can learn more about the day on the month's dedicated website. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  22. Cerebral palsy can make life difficult. Movement and communication can become a challenge. The differences those challenges present give those with cerebral palsy a unique perspective on the world, one that can be hard to understand for those without the condition. However, that doesn't mean that kids or adults with cerebral palsy don't need love or connection. They dream just as big as anyone else. October 6th is World Cerebral Palsy Day, a time for everyone to consider the community of people living with the condition alongside all of us. Those with cerebral palsy travel a difficult road with all kinds of challenges both physical and mental. Their perspectives on the world teach us the importance of creating more accessible environments, buildings, and devices for those who might lack the ability to effectively move across short or long distances - or even play games. With input from physicians and numerous groups including the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Microsoft was able to release the Xbox One Adaptive Controller, a device that allows those with conditions affecting their mobility to game with a wide variety of peripherals that can be mapped to different buttons on a traditional controller. Developers on the software side of things in the games industry have been creating different in-game settings to accommodate those who might have a hard time playing due to audio or visual impairment or even easier difficulty settings that allow everyone to experience their games. One of the people trying her best to make the world a better place for kids with cerebral palsy is Boston Children's Hospital's Miracle Child Stella and her mother. Born over a month early, Stella had numerous complications while growing up. Her mom had to call 911 numerous times to have her resuscitated and it became clear early on that Stella had cerebral palsy. As she grew older, her mom found it difficult to do little things like take her to the beach or go on walks. Stella's grandfather had an idea: A beach buggy. The device Stella's grandfather created out of PVC piping and four wheels altered the family's life: Going down to the beach was so much easier. I could just put her in the chair and we could go over all types of terrain. Even just going on field trips for her, like we went apple picking on a field trip and we were able to bring the buggy. And then we realized, after we had her buggy, that we were able to take her for walks along the street which was just awesome. After experiencing how much the buggy changed their lives, Stella and her mom started a non-profit, Stepping Stones for Stella, a group that has helped hundreds of families to open up the world for those with cerebral palsy. "It’s not an easy road at first," says Stella's mom, "but it gets easier — and less scary.” Extra Life is proud to be able to support kids like Stella in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals around the United States and Canada. Thank you to everyone who helps build up facilities like Boston Children's Hospital with the best equipment, buildings, and people to make sure that every child who comes through their doors gets the care and attention they need. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  23. Cerebral palsy can make life difficult. Movement and communication can become a challenge. The differences those challenges present give those with cerebral palsy a unique perspective on the world, one that can be hard to understand for those without the condition. However, that doesn't mean that kids or adults with cerebral palsy don't need love or connection. They dream just as big as anyone else. October 6th is World Cerebral Palsy Day, a time for everyone to consider the community of people living with the condition alongside all of us. Those with cerebral palsy travel a difficult road with all kinds of challenges both physical and mental. Their perspectives on the world teach us the importance of creating more accessible environments, buildings, and devices for those who might lack the ability to effectively move across short or long distances - or even play games. With input from physicians and numerous groups including the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Microsoft was able to release the Xbox One Adaptive Controller, a device that allows those with conditions affecting their mobility to game with a wide variety of peripherals that can be mapped to different buttons on a traditional controller. Developers on the software side of things in the games industry have been creating different in-game settings to accommodate those who might have a hard time playing due to audio or visual impairment or even easier difficulty settings that allow everyone to experience their games. One of the people trying her best to make the world a better place for kids with cerebral palsy is Boston Children's Hospital's Miracle Child Stella and her mother. Born over a month early, Stella had numerous complications while growing up. Her mom had to call 911 numerous times to have her resuscitated and it became clear early on that Stella had cerebral palsy. As she grew older, her mom found it difficult to do little things like take her to the beach or go on walks. Stella's grandfather had an idea: A beach buggy. The device Stella's grandfather created out of PVC piping and four wheels altered the family's life: Going down to the beach was so much easier. I could just put her in the chair and we could go over all types of terrain. Even just going on field trips for her, like we went apple picking on a field trip and we were able to bring the buggy. And then we realized, after we had her buggy, that we were able to take her for walks along the street which was just awesome. After experiencing how much the buggy changed their lives, Stella and her mom started a non-profit, Stepping Stones for Stella, a group that has helped hundreds of families to open up the world for those with cerebral palsy. "It’s not an easy road at first," says Stella's mom, "but it gets easier — and less scary.” Extra Life is proud to be able to support kids like Stella in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals around the United States and Canada. Thank you to everyone who helps build up facilities like Boston Children's Hospital with the best equipment, buildings, and people to make sure that every child who comes through their doors gets the care and attention they need. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  24. Joe Joe is 13 years old. He loves to swim and surf. He's been competing in track and field. His family keeps him active in school and the community by involving him in extracurricular activities and services at their local church. He never gets mad or upset, and he tries to lift up everyone around him. Joe Joe also lives with Down syndrome, a condition his doctors discovered shortly after his birth along with a rare form of cancer affecting his bone marrow. Joe Joe's mom, Kris, loves her son. "He wears us out!" she laughs, "He is an 8-to-8 kid; he is on the go all day." Joe Joe is a miracle kid in every sense of the word. He was born with a rare form of cancer called transient myeloproliferative disorder. This condition can affect fetal blood-forming organs like the liver and bone marrow. This can have wide-ranging effects from permanent organ damage to death. With the help of his skilled team of doctors, Joe Joe was able to recover from the condition and become the happy, healthy kid he is today. While Joe Joe has Down syndrome, Kris believes firmly in the advice she received from the pediatrician who helped her right after Joe Joe was born. "If you want a disabled, sick child, treat him like a disabled, sick child. You want a healthy, active child in society? Then that's how you treat him." Those few sentences have shaped how Kris and her family have raised Joe Joe, letting him live in the world without sheltering him from the challenges he has to overcome. Down syndrome arises in individuals due to a quirk that can occur in chromosome 21, often caused by an extra copy of the chromosome being present in their DNA. This extra genetic material can result in a divergence in brain development, facial structure, as well as certain developmental delays. Though they might face certain difficulties, individuals who have Down syndrome live lives very similar to those who don't have it. Those with Down syndrome have personalities, interests, and talents, with the ability to learn the same skills as people born without Down syndrome. You can watch Kris and Joe Joe on the reality series produced by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals called Real Moms. The twelve episode series follows the lives of several moms out in the world as they raise kids who deal with life-altering medical complications. The series premiered earlier this year and you can watch the entire run on YouTube for free. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  25. Joe Joe is 13 years old. He loves to swim and surf. He's been competing in track and field. His family keeps him active in school and the community by involving him in extracurricular activities and services at their local church. He never gets mad or upset, and he tries to lift up everyone around him. Joe Joe also lives with Down syndrome, a condition his doctors discovered shortly after his birth along with a rare form of cancer affecting his bone marrow. Joe Joe's mom, Kris, loves her son. "He wears us out!" she laughs, "He is an 8-to-8 kid; he is on the go all day." Joe Joe is a miracle kid in every sense of the word. He was born with a rare form of cancer called transient myeloproliferative disorder. This condition can affect fetal blood-forming organs like the liver and bone marrow. This can have wide-ranging effects from permanent organ damage to death. With the help of his skilled team of doctors, Joe Joe was able to recover from the condition and become the happy, healthy kid he is today. While Joe Joe has Down syndrome, Kris believes firmly in the advice she received from the pediatrician who helped her right after Joe Joe was born. "If you want a disabled, sick child, treat him like a disabled, sick child. You want a healthy, active child in society? Then that's how you treat him." Those few sentences have shaped how Kris and her family have raised Joe Joe, letting him live in the world without sheltering him from the challenges he has to overcome. Down syndrome arises in individuals due to a quirk that can occur in chromosome 21, often caused by an extra copy of the chromosome being present in their DNA. This extra genetic material can result in a divergence in brain development, facial structure, as well as certain developmental delays. Though they might face certain difficulties, individuals who have Down syndrome live lives very similar to those who don't have it. Those with Down syndrome have personalities, interests, and talents, with the ability to learn the same skills as people born without Down syndrome. You can watch Kris and Joe Joe on the reality series produced by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals called Real Moms. The twelve episode series follows the lives of several moms out in the world as they raise kids who deal with life-altering medical complications. The series premiered earlier this year and you can watch the entire run on YouTube for free. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
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