Gamers around the World,
I'd never really considered children's medical care until my friend (and Alamo GT co-founder) Jim Bailey's daughter, Harvey, was diagnosed with Type B Lymphoma back in April of 2016. As I watched their incredibly strong high schooler fight with (and eventually beat into remission) this nasty cancer that wanted to cut her childhood short, I found myself contemplating all kinds of things I'd never considered when my own family had to deal with cancer - things like missing schoolwork, or driving lessons, or missing dances, or being unable to hang out with friends that didn't really understand the why.
In August 2016, my daughter Hannah was born with a heart murmur. Although it turned out to be very small in her case, and she had an excellent prognosis, there were a very scary 24 hours where we didn't know how big the hole in her heart was, and how much of her childhood would have to be lost to time in hospitals.
My family was fortunate - our insurance took care of the costs, and the hole turned out to be very small and has healed itself over time. We did not have to worry about the expense of medical care, and we only spent an extra two days in the hospital. Thousands of families don't have the luck and support my family did, and we should help them out.
My local Children's Miracle Network Hospital treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their family's ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, or injuries from accidents.
The Alamo will be participating in this huge worldwide celebration of the social impact of gamers of all kinds from video games to board games and tabletop RPG's! Since 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $22 million to help children's hospitals provide critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment, research and charitable care. It's my sincere hope that you'll find it in your heart to support my efforts with a monthly pledge or one-time gift that will go directly to my hospital.
We will be taking donations at the Alamo GT for any attending who wish to support this wonderful organization. A $10 donation will purchase a 3-D printed Alamo GT Reroll token, which allows you to reroll a single die during each of your games at the Alamo on Saturday. For those not attending, I'm happy to mail tokens to you if you're not able to make it!
Your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.
Click the "Donate" button on this page to get started. Thank you so much for supporting our efforts!
--Ryan Smith, Tournament Organizer of the Alamo GT