Play Games for Good: Help Kids at Children’s Hospital Boston

Posted by Kate Jurras on Wed, Oct 5, 2011

Guest post by Nicole Palovich, Director of Marketing Communications, Children’s Hospital Trust.
 
My nephew Kyle got a red cast—promptly signed by his brothers and newfound first-grade friends. Pretty cool.
 
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Just a day before, there was a call from my brother, reports of a swollen pinky, and tears from Kyle’s brothers—accompanied by cries of “it was an accident!”  Not cool.
 
Kids play hard. From time to time, they get hurt. Parents (and aunties) worry. But we can do more.
 
In the spirit that would make the kids in our lives proud—we ask you to play. Play something—anything—for 24 hours, and help kids at Children’s Hospital Boston. Do it through Extra Life, a 24-hour game marathon Saturday, October 15.
 
Extra Life has its roots in the technology world as an event founded by Sarcastic Gamer. Nationally, Extra Life challenges folks to game to help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, an association raising funds for 170 children’s hospitals in North America. When you select Children’s Hospital Boston from the drop down menu on the registration form, any money you raise supports our work right here. Last year alone, 84 folks raised nearly $20,000 to support the patients at Children’s Hospital Boston. Sure, there are kids like Kyle, treated for the bumps and bruises childhood often delivers. But some kids are going through so much more. You can help.

  • Sign up as an individual, or form a team and recruit friends, and receive a personal fundraising page.
  • Select “Children’s Hospital Boston” from the menu when asked which Children’s Miracle Network Hospital you’d like to support.
  • Recruit sponsors making a donation per hour, or a flat donation.
  • Game on Saturday, October 15 … find your favorite online game, dust off “Life,” or “Monopoly,” even corral your kids into a game of kickball. (Kyle’s favorite is football, resulting in the previously mentioned injury.) Any game counts. Can’t do it for 24 hours? Spread it over a week.
Not sure how you can best rally your work team around a cause? Or maybe you want to give back personally for all the things in life you’re grateful for? Think about playing with us. Want help getting started? Contact Kerry Demone: kerry.demone@chtrust.org