Extra Life: Providing 1-Up’s for Local, Sick Kids

November. Tis the season of turkey dinners, sweater weather and a wholesome sense of community. As people gather for family get-togethers and Friendsgiving, I elected to fly solo on my couch for a Saturday, become a potato with a cause, and sit in solidarity with a community I’ve held near and dear my whole life – the gamers. Indeed, on November 3, I took part in Extra Life 2018 and played video games for 24 hours to raise funds and awareness for sick kids at my local children’s hospital, the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.

Inspired by Victoria Enmon’s story, ExtraLife unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Since its inception in 2008 with 1200 gamers, Extra Life has raised more than $40 million for sick and injured kids with a community that has grown more than tenfold its original size to date. Extra Life provides the voice and foundation for all gamers –from the couch potato on his PlayStation to the celebrity voice actor playing Dungeons and Dragons – to do what they love to support the causes they care about.

The day itself was amazing. I’m truly thankful to the friends, the JBDT crew, who tagged along and carried me through. It wouldn’t have been possible without delivered meals and the party-size box of coffee. And I’m sure I’ll look back upon the Daylight Savings Time snafu and laugh with fond memories. But in all seriousness, I’m also extremely proud and grateful to work for 10Fold as an organization with such a service-first mentality, spanning company-wide community service days to full-fledged support for individual causes and everything in between.

Needless to say I’ll be dropping back into the fray next year, so stay tuned for round two next November!

For more info on Extra Life: https://www.extra-life.org/

For more info on my fundraising day: https://www.extra-life.org/participant/daslightning

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