Toledo Area Gamers to Support Mercy Children's Hospital with "Extra Life"
Fundraising Event on November 2
Gamers now registering at Extra-Life.org to raise funds
and play games in support of local kids
Toledo (October 2, 2013) — Families, individuals and game groups are all helping sick and injured children treated at Mercy Children's Hospital with a can't-miss opportunity on Saturday, November 2. Extra Life—a fundraising phenomenon helping Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across North America—adds a life-saving purpose to playing video, board and lawn games.
Gamers can register for free at www.Extra-Life.org and select Mercy Children's Hospital. Once a fundraising account and goal is established, participants ask their friends and family to support their "game day" on November 2.
All funds raised through Extra Life by Toledo area gamers will stay local .The funds raised from the Children's Miracle Network Hospital's partners and events support many areas of Mercy Children's Hospital. In 2013, dollars will benefit Mercy Autism Clinic, Mercy Family Care Team, Mercy Hippotherapy program and Mercy Child Life program. Dollars also go to greatest need in the children's hospital.
Children at Mercy Children's Hospital enjoy gaming as a distraction from their medical challenges. Extra Life honors that joy. Gamers do not have to play all day long; Extra Life is customizable to one's gaming capacity, and healthy gaming is a top priority.
To encourage the power of group fundraising, this year gaming communities who raise the most collective funds can win up to $60,000 for their local hospital.
"Every year since 2008, the gaming community has increasingly embraced Extra Life as a way to give back locally for the love of gaming," says Jeromy ‘Doc' Adams, Extra Life founder and program director. "Gaming companies and media outlets have taken notice of this charged fundraising force, and we're gearing up to have our best fundraising year yet! Local gamers are the reason this program has taken off and raised millions for hospitals needing help."
To learn more and to register for this year's Extra Life gaming event, visit www.extra-life.org, Like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/extralife4kids or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/extralife4kids.
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Though the Extra Life program is billed as a gaming marathon, gamers are encouraged to take breaks throughout the day and to implement all applicable safety measures. Players can choose to game for a portion of 25 hours on Nov. 2, spread out their hours over several days or play as a relay among team members. Please visit the Safety Notice page at www.extra-life.org for more tips on how to game wisely.
More about Extra Life:
Extra Life was created by Jeromy ‘Doc' Adams in 2008 to honor the late Tori Enmon, a 15-year-old Children's Miracle Network Hospital patient who played video games during her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In 2012, Extra Life participants reached a fundraising milestone, with thousands of gamers raising more than $2.1 million directly benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals across the United States and Canada.
About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals:
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.7 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.
Mercy is a member of Catholic Health Partners, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest non-profit systems in the country. Locally, Mercy is based in Toledo, Ohio and serves 22-counties in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
Mercy provides comprehensive primary and critical care services to residents and operates seven hospitals strategically located throughout the region as well as Life Flight critical air transport services and Mercy College of Northwest Ohio.
Mercy is composed of Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Mercy St. Charles Hospital, Mercy St. Anne Hospital, Mercy Children's Hospital, Mercy Tiffin Hospital, Mercy Willard Hospital and Mercy Hospital of Defiance.
In 2012, Mercy was proud to provide $86.5 million in community benefit. With more than 7,300 employees and 2,500 medical staff members, Mercy is has been a part of the communities it serves for 157 years. Please visit mercyweb.org for additional information regarding Mercy.