Dear Friends and Family,
Welcome to Hailey and Kev's Extra Life Fundraiser for 2016! We are excited this year to once again be raising money in support of the Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas.
2015 was an amazing, record-breaking year for Dell Children's and the Extra Life Austin Guild. Over 1,200 Austin gamers dedicated their time and money to play for the sick children here in Austin, Texas and collectively raised over $570,865 for Dell Children's! This shatters and more than doubles last year's all-teams record of $259,161! That's over half a million dollars raised to fully purchase the two simulation babies and to pay for a portion of the ROSA Surgical Robot. The Sim Babies allow Dell Children’s doctors to better prepare for real-life emergencies. The ROSA enables those same doctors to perform brain surgery with greater accuracy and efficiency. And it's all thanks to YOUR generous donations!
In 2015 Kev and I alone raised over $500 playing a marathon of Guitar Hero Live and Rock Band 4. We also gave away free copies of the game to 6 lucky winners! In 2016 we hope to exceed that goal with some Halloween-themed games and giveaways! This year on October 29th and 30th (just in time for Halloween) we are excited to play a 24 hour marathon of a collection of games all based on the works of HP Lovecraft. We'll be playing Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth and finish off the night/day with a sleep-deprived attempt to complete Bloodborne. That's right folks, strap in for a marathon of spooky scary games (and some of our favorites of all time).
Simply donate $5 or more to be entered into one of our giveaways! Just like last year, for every $5 you donate you get 1 entry into our raffles (so for $25, you'd get 5 entries, etc). Make sure you leave your email address when you donate so I can contact you if you win!
$100 - Eternal Darkness No/Low Sanity Run
$200 - Call of Cthulu will be played on Nightmare
$300 - We have to play Bloodborne with a Waste of Skin character
$400 - Bloodborne Death Counter - we'll donate an extra dollar for every time we die in Bloodborne (R.I.P. our wallets)
$500 - We have to beat The Old Hunters DLC + optional bosses
$600 - We'll dye our hair (Stream chooses color)
Before Dell Children's Medical Center was completed, kids in Central Texas were treated in local, general hospitals. While most general hospitals have a specific wing for handling pediatric cases, the ones located in Austin were far too small to handle the growing needs of the booming Central Texas region. The sterile environment of a general hospital makes it hard to treat young children. Parents with sick kids were forced to travel to Dallas or Houston for specialized care. Depending on the case, families were traveling as much as 8 hours a day between their homes and hospitals for the care their little ones needed. It's easy to see the impact on a child; it is a struggle to see the impact on those closest to the child.
Dell Children's allows the family of their patients to remain both close to home and close to their child while receiving the specialized treatment they need to survive. The hospital is constructed to allow lots of natural light into patient rooms and hallways. Patients and families have access to the solitude of multiple greenspaces located throughout the hospital. Having to stay at a hospital for weeks or months on end takes a toll on families, so the hospital was built in the booming Muller Development-full of restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, and Austin's children's museum, The Thinkery. Instead of hospital food, a family can step out and eat at a sit down restaurant. Between treatments, a mother can take her children to have some fun at the museum. It's this specialized care and commitment to the kids that makes Dell Children's an obvious choice for our fundraising efforts.
Since 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $22 million to help children's hospitals around the world provide critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment, research and charitable care. It's my sincere hope that you'll find it in your heart to support our efforts with a donation that will go directly to Dell Children's. Your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids. I need your help to reach our goal #ForTheKids. Please make a safe, easy donation online today. Click the "Donate" button on this page to get started.
On behalf of the Extra Life Austin Guild, the Children's Medical Foundation of Central Texas, and especially the patients, parents, administrators, nurses and doctors of Dell Children's Medical Center… THANK YOU for your donation and support of our efforts!