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Farhan Jiwani

Extra Life 2019


What's This Again?

Quick Summary:

I'm playing games to heal local kids

For Who: SickKids - The Hospital for Sick Children
What: A charity video game marathon!
Where: Twitch.tv/AlfaTrion
When: November 16/17, 2019
Why: Good karma, helping others, making our world better, why NOT??
How: I am putting my video games to use in hopes for your donations and support!

Full Summary:

The Plan

Hi! My name is Farhan and in the last few years, I've held three charity events to raise funds for the SickKids Foundation. To achieve this goal, my team of great friends and I participated in a video gaming marathon, called Extra Life, which was created specifically to help local children's hospitals. I'm humbled and proud to say since 2016 we've raised over $15,000 for SickKids Foundation!

I'm doing Extra Life again this year because not only do we have a ton of fun, but I know we can continue to help out a lot of sick children, and their families, who are in need.

Girl reading a book imagining a man on a boat

My Story

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. I can only hope that my body continues to accept this treatment. My right arm and hand (my dominant side) are still very weak and have that pins and needles feeling to this day.

Even though I have this debilitating disease that can potentially get worse, I still consider myself lucky. Sadly, 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!

The Games

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 (over three decades!), I have been collecting home console systems, video, computer and portable games, and have amassed around 2,000 games either digitally or physically. Ports of arcade classics, platformers, role playing games, 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?

Main cast of Persona 4 Golden on PS Vita

Pick What We Play!*

In past events, my generous supporters would donate a certain amount in order to pick what games we play! We are doing the same thing this year. Here are the details:

  • pick any game we play for 30 minutes: minimum $25 USD donation
  • pick any game we play for 60 minutes: minimum $45 USD donation

*A big list of games will be available to choose from but for now feel free to browse my Steam Library (for PC games) or Backloggery (for console games). Most of the games on these lists can be streamed during the marathon.

How to Request

With your donation of one of the amounts listed above, you will be able to leave a message. You can tell me in the message or comment below.

Requested Games So Far:

01. Dragon Ball Fighter Z
02. Dragon Ball Fighter Z
03. Race the Sun
04. Race the Sun
05. Towerfall: Ascension
06. Towerfall: Ascension
07. Heave Ho!
08. Heave Ho!
09. Street Fighter II
10: Street Fighter II
11: Red Dead Redemption 2
12: Red Dead Redemption 2
13: Smash Bros. Ultimate
14: Smash Bros. Ultimate
15: Blaster Master
16. Taiko: Drum Master - 4 player battle
17. Taiko: Drum Master - 4 player battle
18. Doki Doki Literature Club
19. Doki Doki Literature Club
20. --- Pick a game! ---
48. --- Pick a game! ---

Popular Requests from Past Events

Some of the hit games from previous years include:

  • Tekken 7, Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Street Fighter,
  • Towerfall, Runbow, Super Bomberman, 
  • Windjammers, Nidhogg, Super Smash Bros.,
  • BroForce, Rock Band, Puyo Puyo vs Tetris

Related Information


Extra Life brings board gamers and video gamers together for 24-hour gaming marathons worldwide to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Since 2008, they have raised more than $50 million to help children's hospitals provide critical treatments and healthcare 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 North America. The local CMN hospital I have chosen is SickKids - The Hospital For Sick Children. 62 children enter a CMN Hospital every minute!


SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of SickKids - 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.

If you live in Toronto, chances are that you or at least one of your family members, friends or coworkers is someone who has been saved or helped by SickKids.


Your donation is tax-deductible (if over $20) and ALL PROCEEDS go towards helping children.


For more information about Extra Life, CMNH or SickKids Foundation, please visit their respective websites.


Cartoon nurse holding a big syringe

Join us again this November 16 & 17 via live stream to raise money for the SickKids Foundation! 

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