For those times when, due to sudden illness, you can't follow through on a trip you've been looking forward to taking -- say, the premiere of a new film -- it's great when you have friends who can tell you all about what you missed. It may not make the disappointment go away entirely, but it does help matters to be able to live vicariously through them (and the photographs they've taken). Only, for some, this is a daily reality, but with much more serious connotations.
Whether completely bed-ridden or otherwise hampered in mobility and strength, there are scores of children who presently suffer from life-threatening sicknesses and are facing the scariest of unknowns, a truth that the hospitals under the Children's Miracle Network bracket know all too well. And yet, as the many caretakers and volunteers can testify to, it is in these environments that you will also find strong-willed fighters who exhibit remarkable courage in doing all they can to maintain a positive spirit in spite of the ever-real temptation to buy into sorrow and hopelessness. Motivated by these and other realizations, it is with great pleasure that I will once again be participating in Extra Life.
Extra Life is an initiative put in place to support local hospitals, whereby participants can get involved by playing games of their choosing over a period of 24 hours while raising money for local kids. What they don't mention -- just speaking from my own experience with last year's marathon -- is how uplifting it is to take part in such an inclusive, charitable endeavour. Make no mistake, though: This is absolutely a joint effort, and it is my hope that I can count on your support by whatever means possible -- encouraging words are very much welcome and appreciated! -- as I play for SickKids Foundation and all the children under its wing.
It all takes place on Saturday, October 20th, beginning at 8:00 A.M. I'm in the process of working out the logistics as far as what games I'll be playing this year as well as how I'll be approaching the streaming situation (which, if you'll recall from last year, left me trying to offset some rather problematic technical difficulties). You can expect more details on my personal marathon in the days ahead, as well as live tweets on the day of.
Thank you for taking the time to consider making a donation and for sharing this experience with me! Let's contribute to a brighter future for these kids, one game at a time.
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