There are some badass gamers out there, and you know what? They’re doing some awesome things.

This is the fifth year of the Extra-Life fundraiser, and I’m excited to take part. If you’re unfamiliar with the event, gamers from all over the country dedicate 24 hours to game for Children’s Miracle Network, getting donations in support of specific CMN hospitals.

I’ve known about the event, but this will be my first year participating.

There are bound to be some naysayers out there, dismissing the charity event because it’s gaming-related (and I’m sure a lot of people assume that gaming for 24 hours straight is no big deal), but I’m kind of scared. I haven’t been able to find time to play any game for more than an hour or so, and here I am jumping off the deep end and going for a full 24 hours. I must be crazy.

Crazy excited to help the kids, maybe.

Crazy inspired by some of the staff here at Wouldyoukindly.

I’m simply starting late to the game, as Klaus, Candice, and Alex have already started campaigns. Their good behavior is proof that gamers are pretty awesome when it comes down to it.

You can find the donation pages here:

  1. Klaus
  2. Candice
  3. Alex
  4. Me

It doesn’t matter who you support, because in the end it’s not about high scores for a change. It’s about coming together and doing what we can in a symbolic way, reaching out to the kids that need a little help, and helping.

Every dollar that gets donated goes to helping out those specific Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. You can write it off and feel good that you had a say where some of your taxes went while a pretty cool organization gets a helping hand. It’s a win-win.

Or start your own campaign; it doesn’t really matter how money gets raised, but it seems like a really good thing to do. And if you know of anyone else that’s doing it, see if they need some encouragement or co-op support.

That’s a long time to game.