Farhan Jiwani

Extra Life 2017



2017-01-05: http://extra-life.farhanjiwani.com/updates.html#update-6 Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
2016-12-21: http://extra-life.farhanjiwani.com/updates.html#update-5 The Final Stretch
2016-12-01: http://extra-life.farhanjiwani.com/updates.html#update-4 We're Cleaning Up!
2016-11-03: http://extra-life.farhanjiwani.com/updates.html#update-3 Ranked #1!
2016-10-27http://extra-life.farhanjiwani.com/updates.html#update-2 Broke $2,000!
2016-10-09http://extra-life.farhanjiwani.com/updates.html#update-1 Truly Inspired
2016-09-27: http://extra-life.farhanjiwani.com/updates.html#update-0 A Great Cause


  • 2016 donations are now closed BUT feel free to donate for 2017! (More details to follow after February.)

  • We raised $6,189 USD!

  • We were between #71 and #76 out of over 50,000 Extra Life participants in 2016!

  • We were the #1 fundraisers for SickKids Foundation as of November 2016!


What's going on?

The Plan

Hi! My name is Farhan and for my next birthday, instead of throwing myself a party with all of my awesome friends and family as I have been known to do, I want to hold a charity event to raise funds for the SickKids Foundation. To achieve this goal, I will participate in a 24 hour gaming marathon with Extra Life and some of my aforementioned awesome friends.

Request a Game for Us to Play! -- Sold Out!

For updates on my campaign, my team, or to request a game for us to play, check out my Extra Life infosite at http://extra-life.farhanjiwani.com/ on the Event Schedule page.
UPDATE: We have filled up all 46 slots for game requests and raised just over $1,000 on requests alone! Thank you to all who have been donating!


My Story

Super deformed Ryu, Ken and Ibuki from Pocket Fighter by Capcom

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, 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.

The System

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 $22 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 children's hospitals across Canada and the U.S.A. The local CMN hospital I have chosen is the SickKids Foundation.

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 and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.


Main cast of Persona 4 Golden on PS Vita

My Systems

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 (almost 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


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