I thought I would share a bit about this event. Rather than creating a new thread I figured I would just keep this one open.
First, a little history of this awesome group of people I'm proud to be a part of.
The little fundraiser that started right here 4 years ago, just broke 1 million dollars raised to help save sick kids at over 185 children’s hospitals around the world. More donations continue to stream in.
This is one of the most memorable moments of my life, and if you’re an Extra Lifer, it ought to be yours. Because I sure as hell didn’t raise a million dollars. We all did.
For the history buffs here were the Extra Life totals in the past:
2008 – $121,000 – 1165 gamers
2009 – $170,000 – 1654 gamers
2010 – $465,000 – 3299 gamers
2011 – $1,000,000 AND CLIMBING – 13,596 gamers
More than 13,000 gamers from 97 countries, and every continent except Antarcitca (penguin scientists suck) came together to make this happen.
I may make a more profound post later. Right now the combination of sleep deprivation, 5-hour energy, and the pure emotion of this moment have sort of taken away my words.
I took a long lunch break today, as Tori’s mom and sister drove over to celebrate the day founded in memory of their Tori. I think I am about to call them.
Tori if you can read gaming blogs in heaven, I miss you and love you. This is for you sweet girl.
Thanks to everyone that made my dream come true tonight, and for keeping her memory alive.
I got involved with this group because I know what it is like to be in need, with me being disabled and not able to provide for my family, it hurts, real bad. However. I can't imaging what these kids go through, both being in need AND having a life threatening illness or injury. I just can't stand the thought of this. So, I decided to try and help do something about it. Seeing as I can't do all that much this just fell into my lap and seemed perfect.
I had a friend of my and my older brother help out. We started at 8a.m. that day and with about 8 energy drinks a piece, tons of Mt. Dew, and plenty of snacks. We each took turns and knocked out the 24 hours. It was amazing! We played a ton of different games. I haven't ever had that much fun while at the same time doing something so wonderful that would impact kids in a significant way. I'm not going to lie, when we hit the million dollar mark we all teared up a bit. It was an achievement for sure.
Although people may not care I thought I'd also show a list of games played. just for fun.
- Resident Evil: Code Veronica X
- Resident Evil 4
- Battlefield Bad Company 2
- Left 4 Dead
- Fable III
I'll wrap this up with a link to an article with a priceless video of a group's reaction to hitting the million dollar mark. We had literally raised so much money that the ticker broke!
Extra-Life Raises $1,000,000!!
Thanks for reading and hope this didn't bore anyone to death.