Dear Friends, Family, Co-workers, Twitter followers, or whoever you may be...
In 2006, my wife and I pushed through the hardest three months of our lives. Our daughter, Payton, was born three and a half months premature. Her birth was scary for all of us. We didn't think she would make it. Lucky for us, we lived just 15 minutes from a place where miracles happen. The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Neenah helped us, and most importantly Payton, through this extremely vulnerable time. She spent three months in the NICU, and every day my wife and I drove there to visit her at least once together, and my wife visited at least twice a day. My wife couldn't stand the thought of Payton being alone at the hospital without her while she was at work. She put in her two week notice at the pharmacy, sooner than we planned, to spend more time with Payton. The months with her in the hospital were physically, mentally, and emotionally draining.
Payton wasn't alone in the NICU. There were always 3-5 other preemies in her room, which was one of four large rooms in the NICU. We met other preemies, micro-preemies (which is what they called Payton), and other infants with health problems. We also met their families and friends. It's an experience I'll never forget, and an experience that is hard to explain to someone who hasn't experienced it for themselves.
What I can tell you, is that Children's Hospitals need our help. For the ninth consecutive year, I've challenged the staff and community at Co-Optimus, a gaming web site I volunteer at, to form a team and support Extra Life. On November 7th, we're all playing co-op games for 24 hours in attempt to raise money for sick children. You may think that's a silly way to raise money, but it's no different than walking around a track, or swimming laps for charity (besides, video games are much more entertaining). What we're doing is beside the point, the goal is to raise money, and keep Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in the business of miracle making.
Unfortunately, there's no Miracle Max who will perform miracles for cheap if your cause is noble. Miracles in the real world are expensive. Any donation you pledge from my page will go straight to the Children's Wisconsin. That's the hospital that made both of my daughters possible. I would truly appreciate your support.
We will be live-streaming the entire marathon on Twitch. You'll be able to see the games I'm playing as well as my webcam, and you'll hear me chatting with the people I'm playing with. Other team members are also planning on streaming on Twitch. If you'd like to join our team, you're certainly welcome to!