Another Extra Life United complete. ELU is advertised as a tournament to raise money for participants' hospitals, but in reality it's a reunion and an inspiration. We spend nearly a week meeting with Extra Lifers from around the US and Canada, with the amazing Extra Life staff who work tirelessly to make sure everything runs smoothly, both at ELU and the rest of the year, and, most importantly, with many of the children and families who we help through our cause. Some participants go home with some major money for their hospitals, but every one of us goes home full of inspiration and energy, full of ideas of how we can continue to grow this fantastic cause and how we ourselves can knock out our fundraising goals and more.
Last year, Extra Life raised just a hair shy of $9.7 million. This year, we're celebrating the 10th anniversary of Extra Life, and naturally we are gunning to not just break the $10 million mark, but to crush it.
I myself have watched my fundraising decline over the last three years. Whether its donor fatigue, a long, ugly election cycle clogging social media, or my own failure to effectively fundraise. I've gone from over $13,000 raised in 2014 down to $4,008 in 2016. I want that number going back the other way.
So far I've broken the $500 mark, with another $200 in winnings on the way from ELU. In May, I have an appointment to update my Extra Life tattoo to denote last year (and probably will update for this year too in order to save on the minimum cost since the updates will be quick jobs). I'd like to walk in there with $1,000 already raised. That gives us 6 weeks or so. Over the last weekend, I raised $225. We need just about that much to push the $1,000 milestone, so I'm confident we'll do it.
We're saving kids here. At a time when the nation's healthcare situation is in the hot seat, when people are worrying about how they'll pay their medical bills, as always Children's Hospital Colorado ensures that parents of sick and injured kids in Colorado and Wyoming have an option to ensure life-saving treatments for their children whether or not they can afford to pay. These kids deserve the chance to live, the chance to fight for their lives with the best possible care, and Children's makes sure that happens. But they need our help to do it.
Over the years I've raised donations as small as $1 and donations as large as $1,337 (a surprising number of these, actually). Can you spare a dollar, knowing that it will directly help save the life or a child?
About Extra Life
Extra Life is a Children's Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising program within the gaming community. Participants fundraise year-round and pledge to game for 24 hours with one goal: to save and improve the lives of sick and injured kids. Funds raised stay local to help pediatric patients at 170 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across North America. Since 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for member hospitals. The movement, formed by gamers bonded by passion, is committed to saving and improving the lives of local kids.