Gamers join Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® fundraising program to raise critical funds for pediatric patients

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Gamers registered in Extra Life, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) fundraising program, are preparing to raise funds and awareness for WVU Medicine Children’s on Saturday, Nov. 5 – 2016’s Extra Life Game Day.

For the 24-hour fundraiser, gamers register for free at www.Extra-Life.org, select their local CMN Hospital, establish a fundraising goal, and seek donations from friends and family year round.

“Extra Life continues to grow because it answers a very simple question: How can I use my love of gaming to make life better for kids in my community?” Jeromy Adams, founder of Extra Life, said. “The call to give back is connecting children’s hospital advocates across North America — from families to college students and everyone in between. Play games to heal kids treated at WVU Medicine Children’s hospital and clinics.”

Since 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $22 million benefiting 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America. Gamers in the state of West Virginia and the surrounding region raised more than $24,000 in 2015. Donations stay local to the community in which they are raised and benefit WVU Medicine Children’s allowing them to help fund treatments, pediatric medical equipment, charitable care, and healthcare services.

Those interested in gaming for kids treated at WVU Medicine can register at www.Extra-Life.org. They also can connect with the Morgantown area Extra Life community by visiting http://extra-life.org/guilds and getting involved.

Follow the action at #EXTRALIFE or learn more at facebook.com/ExtraLife4Kids and twitter.com/ExtraLife4Kids.

About Extra Life
Extra Life is a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® fundraising program within the gaming community. Participants fundraise year-round and pledge to game for 24 hours with one goal: to save and improve the lives of sick and injured kids. Funds raised stay local to help pediatric patients at 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across North America. Since 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $22 million for member hospitals. The movement, formed by gamers bonded by passion, is committed to saving and improving the lives of local kids. Play games, heal kids, and join the community today at www.extra-life.org.  

About WVU Medicine Children’s
WVU Medicine Children’s – located on the sixth floor of J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, WVU Medicine’s flagship hospital – provides maternal, infant, and pediatric care for West Virginia and the surrounding region, giving care to high-risk mothers, premature infants, and children with life-threatening conditions through adolescence to adulthood. It is the state’s only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. For information on WVU Medicine Children’s, see wvumedicine.org/childrens.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment, and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital, and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are at www.cmnhopsitals.org and www.facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

For more information: Angela Jones-Knopf, Manager of Media Relations, 304-293-7087