For Who: SickKids - The Hospital for Sick Children What: A charity video game marathon! Where: Twitch.tv/AlfaTrion When: TBA November 2020 (subject to change) Why: Good karma, helping others, making our world better, why NOT?? How: I am putting my video games to use in hopes for your donations and support!
As always, you can watch us, live, on Twitch.tv on game day. As a bonus, for your entertainment, we have some incentives* for you to donate to our campaign during the marathon. Some of these include (but not limited to):
$25+ USD donations: current player does 10 push ups
$35+ USD donations: Farhan has some tequila with Tabasco sauce
$50+ USD donations: Farhan does a front hold plank for 60 seconds
$75+ USD donations: We read a promotion for you out loud on the stream (positive messages only!)
$100+ USD donations: Carmen applies some make-up to Farhan's face
*One incentive per donation
Hi! My name is Farhan and in the last four years, I've held these 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 was created specifically to help local children's hospitals. I'm humbled and proud to say since 2016 we've raised over $20,000 for SickKids Foundation!
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... Especially after the COVID-19 pandemic that swept through the world this year.
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. Sadly, 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!
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 physically or digitally. Ports of arcade classics, platformers, role playing games, 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 my hometown's children's hospital, SickKids?
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 $70 million to help children's hospitals provide critical treatments and healthcare 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 North America. The local CMN hospital I have chosen is SickKids - The Hospital For Sick Children. 62 children enter a CMN Hospital every minute!
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.
If you live in Toronto, chances are that you or at least one of your family members, friends or coworkers is someone who has been saved or helped by SickKids.
Your donation is tax-deductible (if over $20) and ALL PROCEEDS go towards helping children.
For more information about Extra Life, CMNH or SickKids Foundation, please visit their respective websites.
Join us again this year via live stream to raise money for the SickKids Foundation!