Gamers are a generous group. Their commitment to giving is on display each fall, when tens of thousands of gamers come together for Extra Life, a 24-hour video game marathon and fundraiser--supported by the ESA Foundation--that benefits Children's Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals across North America.
Extra Life has raised more than $14 million since 2008 to help provide outstanding pediatric health care to every child in need, regardless of their family's ability to pay. The ESA Foundation has proudly supported Extra Life since 2013 and partnered with the group in 2014 to feature a new ESA Foundation Challenge. The challenge awarded $30,000 grants to Dell Children's Hospital in Austin, Texas, and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland, California, for achieving top fundraising totals.
These funds support the treatment of children like Leyia, a six-year-old living with sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disorder that can cause lifelong problems including pain, fatigue and organ damage. Leyia receives treatment at UCSF Benioff's Center for Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassemia, the world's most comprehensive clinical and research center for the debilitating disease.
Extra Life 2015 will take place November 7, 2015. To participate in this life-changing event, visit extra-life.org, or stop by the Extra Life table at E3 in the West Hall Lobby.