This is the letter I sent out months ago about this event. I admit I didn’t do most of the things in the letter. I spent most of my time campaigning for HRC and donating and encouraging people to donate to Hillary or to the Democrats up and down the line. BUT, I am still raising money for ExtraLife and I am only about halfway to my goal. So, here’s the letter once again.
Dear friends and family,
As many of you know, I am gaming for ExtraLife again this year in an effort to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network. This year, my chosen hospital is Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint Michigan. Hurley has the only Pediatric Emergency Area, the only level III NICU, the only Burn Unit, and the only Pediatric Intensive Care unit in the region. Flint and surrounding areas are struggling to meet healthcare needs of the children affected by the water crisis. Regardless of the causes or the politics of the situatiuon, these children are still permanently affected by their elevated lead levels. Hurley Children’s Hospital, along with Michigan State University, is working tirelessly to address the problems and come up with a plan to assist these children in overcoming the health effects of this crisis. The affected children are likely to have more injuries, more illnesses and more behavior problems than children not exposed to high levels of lead. They will need extra care and support to counterract the effects of exposure.
Hurley Children’s Hospital has been a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital since 1990. Their committment to treating all children, regardless of their ability to pay as well as their community education programs and efforts to reduce childhood injuries and preventable illnesses made them a prime candidate for being invited to join this prestigious network of 170 hospitals in the US and Candada.
Back to ExtraLife! I will be doing various gaming events throughout the year to raise money and bring attention to Children’s Miracle Network and the awesome work they do around the country, as well as Hurley Children’s Hospital in particular. Watch my donations page or follow @talene on twitter for more informatiion and updates as we go along.
The final event will be a weekend long game-a-thon November 5-6, 2016 which will be broadcast live (or semi-live) on Twitch.tv. More information on that will be forthcoming as we get closer to the date.
In the meantime please visit my donations page for updates and consider donating whatever amount you can spare. Thank you for reading this!