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Extra Life 2020


May 2020 update

Starting a monthly give away of cute crocheted critters that may or may not eventually be video game themed! If you'd like to participate for a chance to win, please consider donating to Extra Life. If you would like to participate in this give away, please do not donate as anonymous :) You can also donate and request that the giveaway prize get sent to someone else!

May: Medical Gnome and Plague Doctor

The Powers That Be were indecisive (aka tied Twitter poll) and I had the time, so May has both a medical gnome and a plague doctor. The medical gnome is wearing all their PPE (personal protective equipment) and the plague doctor knows to mind their manners and will take off their hat when asked (politely). The gnome was made using a pattern from Winding Road Crochet and the plague doctor was made using a pattern of my own design. Winner will be announced June 1, 2020.

April: Rainbow Llama

The rainbow llama was made using a pattern by AUKILLU and can be purchased on their Etsy store. The winner of the April giveaway was Moser, though the llama is still hanging out here until I can get to USPS.

March: skipped (finishing up grad school)

February: Cube Cat

Melvin the Cube Kitty

Donations of $5 or more during the month of February 2020 will have the chance to win Melvin. The pattern used to make Melvin was by CraftyBunnyBun and can be found on Ravelry. Melvin has found a happy home with PreebsFTK

Hi everyone!

I'm a second year Extra Lifer working to help the kids at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, a Children's Miracle Network hospital.

Here's how it works

  • Extra Life is a gaming and DIY fundraising platform supporting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

  • I'm joining thousands of gamers, dedicating a day to play games and raise funds from friends like you.

  • 100% of the donations go to my local children's hospital. 

Your donation is tax-deductible and will make miracles happen for families who desperately need them. Simply click the "Donate" button at the top of this page to help.

Why do I Extra Life?

I Extra Life for the kids who have no choice but to spend time in the hospital. For the kids who dress up and trick or treat for socks at the hospital with IVs in their arms. For the kids being flown in via trauma chopper at 3 am - I live in the neighborhood and hear them, it happens far too frequently. For the kids who long for "normal". For the kids who may not live to see tomorrow. I Extra Life for the kids at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, for the families who have to watch their children or siblings in pain as they struggle to fight horrible diseases that they do not deserve, and for the amazing people who try to make day to day life better for them. 

What can you do?

1. Donate. Everything helps. 100% of your donation to Extra Life goes to helping make these kids' lives a little better. Bonus: many workplaces have donation matching. Reach out to yours to see if they'll contribute, too. Also, it's tax-deductible.

2. Spread the word. Seriously. Share my page, or share the name Extra Life. This community is about raising money to heal kids. Even if you don't/can't donate to my page, maybe someone you know will find out that someone they know has a page, too, and then BAM! That's money for the hospital going directly to the kids that they didn't have before.

What's in it for you?

Aside from knowing that you're giving money to help kids who are in hospitals, I have some kickstarter-esque donation tiers (and I'm open to suggestions on how to make them better). They are still TBD, but I'm keeping this one: a $50 donation while I'm streaming will force me to change the game I'm playing to something else in my library (donor's choice).

December 16, 2019 Update

WOW. Holy cow, thank you everyone who donated to my Extra Life page on Saturday. 

I joined Extra Life in August 2019, and at the time I believed a goal of $250 was a stretch and figured I'd aim even higher for $500. I can't believe I get to say this - not only did we meet our goal of $500, we DOUBLED it! You guys are amazing.

Now I get to figure out how hair dye works, how to DM, and plan to 100% a game of Tim's choice. I thank you in advance for your patience while I work on these milestone rewards. I have a total of 10.5 weeks between now and when I need to submit my dissertation to my committee, and I'll be defending my work shortly after that. I will share before-and-after pics of the dyed hair within the next week, though the one-shot RPG and the 100%-ing a game of Tim's choice are going to be on hold until April 2020. 

Already started planning for next year. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them. Getting a capture card and a better mic are at the top of the list. An explorable Minecraft server with the Hall of Donors and some creative builds are also in the works. I'm also tossing around different incentive ideas - someone's idea of combining mint and OJ will definitely be an option!

Special shout-out to Ryan and Marc for helping manage me and the stream on Saturday, and to the Pittsburgh Extra Life Guild for the support, encouragement, and signal boosting!

Hall of Donors 2019