Hi! My name is Farhan and for my last birthday, instead of throwing myself a party with my friends and family, I decided to hold a charity event to raise funds for the SickKids Foundation. To achieve this goal, I participated in the 24-hour gaming marathon with Extra Life and some of my great friends. My team raised nearly $6,200 USD for SickKids when our original goal was set at $1,000! That's crazy!
I'm doing Extra Life again this year because not only did we have a ton of fun, but I know we can continue to help out sick children who are in need.
On my 36th birthday in 2015, I was hospitalized when nearly the entire right side of my body gradually went numb. It was like that side of my body just went to sleep, with a pins and needles sensation. After lots of testing and a few treatments of strong steroids, most of the feeling came back. The diagnosis was a neurological disorder known as transverse myelitis, but the neurologists warned if my symptoms occur again, the new diagnosis would most likely be MS, multiple sclerosis.
A year and a half later, my worst fear was confirmed. This time it was the left side of my body having too much sensation. After another trip to the MRI scanner, the MS specialists had the proof they needed to come to the conclusion that I suffer from relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and presented me with treatment options. I must now inject myself with an absurdly expensive drug, daily. This aspect of my life is very new and I can only hope that this treatment is compatible with my body. My right arm and hand (my dominant side) are still weak and have the pins and needles feeling to this day.
Even though I have this debilitating disease that can potentially get worse, I still consider myself lucky. There are thousands of sick children who need life-saving care from specialized doctors, expensive medical equipment, and a massive amount of clinical research. Please help me help these kids and donate today at my page on Extra-Life.org.
Extra Life brings board gamers and video gamers together for 24-hour gaming marathons worldwide to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. They have raised more than $30 million to help children's hospitals provide critical treatments and health care services, pediatric medical equipment, research and charitable care.
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across Canada and the U.S.. The local CMN hospital I have chosen is SickKids - The Hospital For Sick Children.
SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children. Their fundraising is driven by the belief that improving the health and well-being of children is one of the most powerful ways to improve society.
Your donation is tax-deductible (if over $20 USD) and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.
For more information about Extra Life, CMNH or SickKids Foundation, please visit their respective websites.
If you know me, you probably know that video games are a huge part of my life and they have been since I was a child. From Sega to Nintendo, Sony to Microsoft, and the others in-between... there are hundreds of unique experiences, stories, music and visuals to be enjoyed.
Since 1987 (three decades!), I have been collecting home console systems, computer and portable games and have amassed around 2,000 games either digitally or physically. Ports of arcade classics, platformers, RPGs, puzzle games, rhythm games, strategy, adventure... almost any genre out there, I probably have it! So what better way is there to put them to use other than supporting a charity like SickKids?
A few years ago I started a side project to try and preserve older "retro" games as best I could as the aging technology is becoming harder to come by. I wanted to make a library of sorts so people can experience the history of video games as I did growing up, instead of these games deteriorating in storage somewhere, sadly forgotten. Let's use these games for the reason they have been made — to be played!
During this marathon, my team and I will be playing games from many of the consoles I own, from which I can stream to YouTube Gaming and/or Twitch — social media sites dedicated to broadcasting gamers doing what they love.
I need your help to reach my goal for the kids. Please make a safe, easy donation online today. Click the "Donate" button on this page to get started. Thank you so much for supporting my efforts.