ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNHospitals.org), a charity that raises funds for 170 childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hospitals across North America, announced today that Extra Life, a video game fundraising marathon, surpassed its goal and raised $1.1 million for local childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hospitals.
The Extra Life Marathon concluded on Oct. 16 with 24,000 gamers participating in the 24-hour video game marathon as well as the Xbox 360 Gaming and Giving for Good (G3) event, held on Saturday, Oct. 1, to kick off support for Extra Life. All donations stay in the communities where they were given to benefit the local ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Miracle Network Hospital.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This remarkable miracle of raising $1.1 million through the Extra Life marathon will truly make a difference in the lives of children in local communities,Ã¢â‚¬Â said John Lauck, president and CEO of ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Miracle Network Hospitals. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are so appreciative of the generosity of gamers from every state, their donors, Xbox 360 and our other partners for giving of their time and resources to support this important cause.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Each Extra Life participant was asked to raise funds for their local ChildrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Miracle Network Hospital by securing donations for each hour they would play video games on the designated days. As part of the G3 event, all G3 participants received a free Xbox LIVE Membership the weekend of Oct. 1. Xbox also hosted a series of Game with Fame activities at the G3 Miracle Lounge in Los Angeles, where Xbox LIVE members had an opportunity to play video games on Xbox 360 with more than 40 celebrities including Eva Longoria, Ryan Phillippe and Olympian Carol Rodriguez.
Extra Life was created to honor the late Victoria (Tori) Enmon, a 15-year-old girl who played video games during her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (http://www.extra-life.org).