Aug 232013
 

extra life

Last year I spent 24 hours playing board games for charity and I raised over $1000. All of the proceeds went directly to Boston’s Children’s Hospital. This year I’m hopping back on the Extra Life bandwagon and I’m going do to it again! I’d set my goal at $400 last year and topped that. This year the minimum I’m trying to raise is $1000.

November 2nd is the actual day of gaming. I’ll be starting my game play at 8am and going for 24 hours straight! I plan on having a little mini-convention at my home, involving my kids, wife and friends and generally having a good time doing good.

Today, the folks at Extra Life launched the 5 and 1 challenge. They’ve challenged me personally (in a form email) to raise $5 today and get 1 person on board with the challenge themselves. So here’s what I’m asking of all of you.

I need at least 1 person to donate $5. I’ve already raised $75 and I’m going to be pushing this a lot harder when we pull into late September. I’d also love to get one more person on Team Troll – the Extra Life team I’ve set up. You’ll do the same thing I’m doing – start gaming at 8am and go for 24 hours. If you can’t make it the full 24 hours, you can do as much as you can and make it up in the next day or two.

That’s what I’m looking for today because I’d like to meet this challenge. $5 and one person to add to Team Troll. I’ve also set the goal for Team Troll at $1500.

Why am I doing this? The reasons are threefold.

  1. I really enjoy helping others out. I’m not made of money but I do have a day I can give to this, and raise some cash to help kids and their families.
  2. It’s personal. Children’s Hospital of Boston treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few. For the past few years, they’ve also been treating my youngest daughter. She was born with a very large, unilateral cleft lip, which extended up through her nose. Children’s Boston not only corrected her cleft, but they treated her and our whole family with dignity, respect and honest to gosh caring. Because of their efforts, the amazing doctors and nursing staff, my daughter will live a normal, pain and scar free life.
  3. Lastly, I get to do one of my favorite things, play board games, for 24 freaking hours in a row.

So. Got 5 bucks?

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About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

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