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Farhan Jiwani

Extra Life 2019


What's This Again?

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Hi! My name is Farhan and in the last two years, I held two charity events to raise funds for the SickKids Foundation. To achieve this goal, my team of great friends and I participated in a video gaming marathon, called Extra Life, which is held specifically to help local childrens' hospitals. I'm humbled and proud to say since 2016 we've raised over $10,000 USD for SickKids Fondation!

I'm doing Extra Life again this year because not only do we have a ton of fun, but I know we can continue to help out a lot of sick children, and their families, who are in need.

Girl reading a book imagining a man on a boat

My Story

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. I can only hope that my body continues to accept this treatment. My right arm and hand (my dominant side) are still very weak and have that pins and needles feeling to this day.

Even though I have this debilitating disease that can potentially get worse, I 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 Games

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 (over three decades!), I have been collecting home console systems, video, 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 while back, 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 same 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 — a social media site 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.

Pick What We Play! (closed)

In past events, my generous supporters would donate a certain amount in order to pick what games we play! We are doing the same thing this year. Here are the details:

  • pick any game we play for 30 minute: minimum $25 USD donation
  • pick any game we play for 60 minutes: minimum $45 USD donation
  • SPECIAL: Until September 30th, 2018 - pick any game we play 60 minutes: minium $40 donation

The large list of available games we can play will be at my website and updated periodically:

Your Public Messages/Promotions

We will say a short message or promotion, live, during the stream for a minimum donation of $75 USD.
NOTE 1: The message or promotion will be accepted as long as it falls within the rules of and does not promote hate or intolerance towards any race, gender, religion or other group of people.
NOTE 2: The message must be under 281 characters, the size of a tweet on Twitter.

Other Incentives

There will be other incentives during the stream such as, and not limited to:

  • donations of $25 USD during the stream: current player does 10 pushups
  • donations of $35 USD during the stream: Farhan takes a tequila shot, with Tabasco
  • donations of $50 USD during the stream: Farhan does a plank for 60 seconds
  • donations of $100 USD during the stream: Carmen puts on makeup on part of Farhan's face

Maybe you can help us think of more incentives for people to donate! But don't forget the best incentive of all is doing it #ForTheKids!!

Previous Years' Live Streams

You can watch our clips from the live stream of the previous years on Youtube! Check the links below. There's about 14 hours worth of clips with more to come...

Main cast of Persona 4 Golden on PS Vita

Related Information

Extra Life

Extra Life brings board gamers and video gamers together for 24-hour gaming marathons worldwide to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Since 2008, they have raised more than $40 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

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across Canada and the U.S. The local CMN hospital I have chosen is SickKids - The Hospital For Sick Children. 62 children enter a CMN Hospital every minute!

SickKids Foundation

SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of SickKids - 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.

Tax Deductions

Your donation is tax-deductible (if over $20 USD) and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.

More Info

For more information about Extra Life, CMNH or SickKids Foundation, please visit their respective websites.


Scheduled Games

Day 1: (Nov. 24, 2018)
11:00 AM    GTA: San Andreas
11:30 AM    Bloodborne
12:00 PM    Tekken 7
12:30 PM    Contra III: The Alien Wars
1:00 PM    QWOP
1:30 PM    Super Dodgeball
2:30 PM    Super Mario Land
3:00 PM    Super Mario Party
4:00 PM    Towerfall Ascension
5:00 PM    Halo: Master Chief Collection
6:00 PM    Windjammers
7:00 PM    Dragon Ball Fighter Z
8:00 PM    Runbow
9:00 PM    BroForce
10:00 PM    Super Volley Blast

Day 2: (Dec. 1, 2018)
11:00 AM    Goonies II
12:00 PM    Golden Axe II
1:00 PM    Forza Horizon 3
2:00 PM    Ikaruga
3:00 PM    Sonic Mania
4:00 PM    Crazy Taxi
4:30 PM    Portal
5:30 PM    Super Mario Maker (Hard Mode!)
6:30 PM    Cuphead
7:30 PM    Super Street Fighter II Turbo
8:30 PM    Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle
9:00 PM    Diablo III
9:30 PM    Super Bomberman R
10:30 PM    Dead or Alive Xtreme: Fortune

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Join us again this November via live stream to raise money for the SickKids Foundation!


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