Gamers to support Akron Children’s Hospital with “Extra Life” fundraising event on Nov. 2

Gamers now registering to raise funds and play games in support of local kids


Families, individuals and game groups are all helping children treated at Akron Children’s Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 2 during Extra Life, a 25-hour gaming fundraiser supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America.

During Extra Life, participants will raise money for Akron Children’s by asking their friends and family to support their “game day” by making a donation to the hospital. Individuals can participate by playing video, board or lawn games.

All funds raised by Extra Life gamers will stay in the community to benefit the more than 700,000 children treated by Akron Children’s each year.

To encourage the power of group fundraising, gaming communities who raise the most collective funds can win up to $60,000 for their local hospital.

“The community loves Akron Children’s, and this is just another way to support us,” said Nicci Avalon, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals program manager at Akron Children’s Hospital. “Anyone can participate in this event regardless of their age or gaming ability.”

Originally designated as a 24-hour marathon, Extra Life will take place at the end of Daylight Savings Time this year, allowing for 25 hours of game play. Although the Extra Life program is billed as a gaming marathon, Akron Children’s encourages gamers 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.

Participants can sign up online at Registration is free.

To learn more about Extra Life, visit, Like on Facebook at or follow on Twitter at

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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 and


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