Extra Life is a yearly marathon where gamers from around the world commit to playing games of all kinds for 24 hours non-stop to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Myself, like many others in Ottawa, play for the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, also known as CHEO. I've done 11 separate 24 hour marathons since 2011 and thanks to your incredible generosity, have raised just shy of $15,000 for CHEO so far. Since it's humble beginnings in 2008, Extra Life has raised over $70 million to help sick kids in our community and shown loud and clear, the incredible good gamers can do for the world when we come together.
So, what's up this year?
This year is my 10th year in a row of doing Extra Life and I want to do something special for it. It's still early in the year so I actually haven't figured that out yet but my community and I are working on it. The plan is still to have stretch goals for this year and I'm already working through 2019's goals.
Keep your eyes peeled right here and on my Twitter and Discord to find out when my next Extra Life stream is happening and my plans for 2020 as they evolve.
What's this about stretch goals?
For several years now, I've committed to streaming horror games (which I'm a total weaksauce at) if we hit certain fundraising milestones. I've decided to forego them this year but we've still got several from 2019 to finish!
Thanks to your incredible generosity, we raised $3,000 for CHEO last year and that locked me into over 5 horror games that I have to stream. Keep an eye on Twitter and Discord to find out when the next stretch goal stream is happening. Here's what we've got left:
All of these are well regarded and look terrifying. Trust me, watching me cringe my way through horror games on stream is a treat you don't want to miss!
how can i help?
EXTRA LIFE NOW SUPPORTS CANADIAN DOLLARS!
You can donate to my campaign right from this page using a credit card or PayPal. 100% of your donation goes to help CHEO and all donations of $10 or more will receive a tax receipt early in 2020 if you provide your mailing address. If you donate during the stream, your donation will be shouted out and if you leave a message with your donation, I'll make sure that's read out too.
To sweeten things further, anyone who donates any amount and e-mails proof to firstname.lastname@example.org qualifies for a free PC game of your choice from my huge and ever-expanding giveaway library, no other strings attached. There's tons of good stuff in there and you're sure to find something you'll love. I also have incentives on the right side where if you donate $100US, you automatically get 10 games of your choice from the library! You can easily get more than $100 worth depending on your picks.
If you can't afford to donate or even if you can, please spread this far and wide on your social media feeds and communities. You can also register to participate in Extra Life this year if you want. Just sign up for free on the web site.
Anyone who lives in Ottawa or knows someone who did has been touched by CHEO and the incredible work they do for sick kids. It's an honour and a privilege to be able to use this hobby we love to do good for such a fantastic institution. Thank you for your support!