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Please stay tuned. I am refocusing my page in part to honor Maddox who has re inspired me to dig a little deeper and go a little farther.
And this year is the 10th anniversary of my own personal "Why"
I would like to share with you my personal story about The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. But first a picture to start on the positive side.
Bailey Graduating High School in 2015.
Before I tell this story to anyone I always start with mentioning my daughter graduating high school and being in college working on an early education major. That is now. But this was then.
In 2009 our daughter Bailey was hit by a truck while crossing the street. At the time I was out of work on a medical leave and my wife also had to take a leave to be with our daughter. Bailey suffered broken bones but the worst was a traumatic brain injury. After several operations she spent 11 days in CHOP’s Intensive Care before being released to Rehabilitation at The Seashore House.
Her future was uncertain and the doctors told us to expect our daughter would never communicate with us or be the same again. My wife and I were living at the hospital for over a month. Even with the support of our family and friends and the whole Conshohocken community our financial future was uncertain. We had always been pretty stable but for the first time I found myself needing the help of others. That was something I was totally unprepared for.
Hundreds of small donations were coming in from from everywhere in all forms. Like meals from the church and before and after school care for our boys from the community center and money into a fund setup at the bank. Our amazing little girl was a fighter and determined and was discharged later that year after spending six months at CHOP.
Looking back, when the doctors said she will never be the same again, that is expected with a life altering event. But through the grace of God, family, friends, community and organizations like The Children's Miracle Network, you can survive a crisis. And emerge with a greater sense of gratitude and desire to share what is within your heart.
On Gameday I'll be playing and streaming for 24 hours (or as much as I can endure :) to raise funds for sick kids at my local children's hospital CHOP! That is a focal point for Extra Life but I am working at this all year long.
Here's how most of Extra Life works
Extra Life is a 24-hour fundraising and gaming marathon to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
On Game Day you will join the thousands of gamers and dedicate an entire day to play games and get donations from friends and family.
100% of the donations you make here go to my choice from the Children's Miracle Network which is CHOP! We will make a difference for sick kids!
Your donation is tax-deductible and will make miracles happen for families who desperately need them. Please click the "Donate" button at the top of this page to make a safe and easy online donation. This goes directly to the organization. You don't have to wait until game day, donate at any time.