Thanks to your generous donations I've already hit my initial $200 goal!! I've set two new stretch goals to help my team, the Extra Life Chicago guild, reach their team goals. See below for even more details about perks you can unlock by donating today!

On November 4th, I'll be playing games for 24 hours to raise funds for sick kids at my local children's hospital!

Here's how it works

  • Extra Life is a 24-hour fundraising and gaming marathon to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
  • On Game Day (Nov. 4th), I will join the thousands of gamers and dedicate an entire day to play games and get donations from friends like YOU!
  • 100% of the donations go to my local hospital, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. TOGETHER we will make a difference for sick kids!
  • I’ll be streaming my November 4th gaming marathon on Twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/rachelxstorm
  • There will be solo games, games we can play together, book talks and recommendations
  • Donate $15 and up and email me some info and I’ll give you personalized reading suggestions
  • Donate $35 and up and you can pick a game I play during my marathon
  • Follow me on Facebook or Twitter for updates and details
  • See below or my blog, Librarian of the Dead, for more details!

Lurie is ranked as the top children’s hospital in Illinois, and the money raised through Extra Life will help support critical treatments, healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care -- basically it will help them keep doing the amazing job they’ve been doing for Chicagoland families for 130+ years.

For me, this is a meaningful opportunity to help local families and sick children by supporting Lurie’s efforts. I can’t begin to imagine what it’s like to have a sick child, but I absolutely know how expensive serious medical care can be and what a burden it is on top of the medical issue itself. If I can raise enough money to help even one family out a little bit, then it’s worth it.

Even if you can't afford to donate, you can still help by spreading the word wherever you can-- Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, your blog, anything and everything helps.

Your donation is tax-deductible and will make miracles happen for families who desperately need them. You can click the "Donate" button at the top of this page to make a safe and easy online donation.

marathon day details

If you’re free November 4th you can even play games with me during my stream, including a trivia game called Trivia Murder Party from Jackbox Party Pack 3, that anyone can play from their computer, tablet or mobile phone by going to jackbox.tv and entering a room code that I’ll release on my Twitch channel as well as on Twitter.

In between the games I stream, I’ll be doing book talks. They will all be relatively new, and I’ll try to cover a variety of genres and formats: thrillers, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, YA, comics, and non-fiction. I’m a librarian, I’m going to play to my strengths.

I will also send personalized book recommendations for anyone who donates $15 or more and emails me the last book they read that they loved and why, and how they want the next book they read to make them feel. Happy? Awed? Creeped out? Surprised? Inspired? Amused? Sad? Get creative.

Anyone who donates $35 or more will have an opportunity to pick a game for me to play. It can be any game I can play on Xbox One that I either already have or can borrow from a library. See my blog for more details about what you can pick and how to get it to me!

For more details, including games I'll play, a tentative schedule (posted mid-October), and updates as November 4th approaches, visit my blog Librarian of the Dead, or follow me on Facebook or Twitter. Thank you so much, and I'm proud to work together with all of you to make these kids' lives better! 



Donations stay local to fund critical treatments, healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care.