It's that time of year again when I, and thousands of others around the nation, take part in Extra Life, the 24-hour game-a-thon that raises donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Specifically in my case, I'm raising donations for The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and my 24 hour "run" will start on November 3rd at around 9am ET. (Note, though, that donations will be accepted until December 31, 2018, but they will not go towards the contest for a bonus grant for VCH, which they lost last year by only $174). Personally, both of my sons had unexpected surgical and otherwise needs the first few years of their lives, and this is my way of giving back to these kids through this great cause. This will be my sixth year rallying for the incredible kids of UVCH of all ages, and together with the support from kind and generous people such as yourself, we've raised over $13,000 total for them!!
I hope that you and your family are happy and healthy, but there are many kids out there who are not and whose parents or guardians struggle to pay for their healthcare. That's where Children's Miracle Network Hospitals step in; in situations like this they are there to help alleviate those families’ financial and mental burdens. These kids are dealing with everything from cystic fibrosis to leukemia, like little Mariella here from Vermont Children’s Hospital.
Three year old Mariella was born with Chronic Kidney Disease has been seen at the UVM Children's Hospital for both Chronic Kidney Disease and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).
She has endured a lot for her young age. She has been seen numerous times at The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital for severe dehydration as a result of having Chronic Kidney Disease and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). RSV can cause an infection of the lungs and breathing passages, and is a major cause of respiratory illness in young children.
In spite of all of Mariella’s health challenges, her mother, Tonya, says she is a happy little girl who is walking, talking and blowing kisses. “She is so strong,” Tonya said. “After everything she has been through, she is our rock.”
Since 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million to help children's hospitals provide critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment, research and charitable care. It's my sincere hope that you'll find it in your heart to take a moment today to sponsor me in this endeavor and support the kids of VCH with a charitable, tax-deductible monthly or one-time gift donation to help make an impact on my fundraising success for them.
Your donation is 100% tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help the kids.
So please click the "Donate" button on this page to get started in making a safe, secure, and easy donation online today.
One of the new things I'm working on for this and next years Extra Life event to raise awareness and hopefully donations is a Star Wars Radio Drama to be previewed this year and fully revealed during Extra Life 2019. Check it out at: https://www.episodeix.org. When Extra Life starts on November 3rd at around 9am ET, if you feel so inclined, you can catch the preview as well as watch us gaming LIVE for the whole 25 hours (yay, DST!) via the link below, (works best in the Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or IE11) to take a peek in on that action!
I really appreciate your time and consideration, and on behalf of all of the boys and girls at Vermont Children's Hospital, thank you all so much for your generous support, we couldn't make this difference without you!!