Gaming Club raising funds through 24-hour gaming marathon

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Members of Virginia Western Community College’s Gaming Club are participating in Extra Life, an event that unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Virginia Western’s gamers are raising funds for Carilion Children’s Hospital today and Saturday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on the third floor of the Maury and Sheila Strauss Family Student Life Center.

Extra Life’s slogan is simple, “Play games. Heal kids.”
One hundred percent of the proceeds raised stay local, supporting sick and
injured children, through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Southwest
Virginia – Carilion Children’s Hospital.

Last year, the Virginia Western Gaming Club members raised
more than $3,500. In 2018, they raised $1,200. Individuals can support the
Gaming Club’s efforts by visiting www.extra-life.org
and donating to Virginia Western gamers or signing up to participate
themselves.

Extra Life, a non-profit, unites thousands of gamers
around the world to play games in support of their local Children’s Miracle
Network Hospital for the past 10 years. It started with a little girl in
Orange, Texas, Victoria “Tori” Enmon and a radio host, “Doc” Jeromy Adams
meeting in Houston. Inspired by their journey, and eventual friendship with
Tori and her family, Doc felt called to do more for kids and in Tori’s honor.
“It just occurred to me that gamers should be able to do the things they love,
to be able to help sick and injured kids, as well.” Doc shares, “And so, Extra
Life was born. 1,200 gamers showed up on October 15, 2008.” Each year Extra
Life continues to grow, uniting over 100,000 gamer “heroes” and raising more than
$40 million for sick and injured kids since its inception.

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