Good Morning, Pittsburgh Ingress! This is going to be a long one, but stick with it, I promise it's worthwhile. You may have seen brief posts about this that I made earlier in the year, and I'm sorry I've not followed up much - As the Vice President of the Extra Life Pittsburgh Guild, I've been quite busy. The Extra Life Program is growing in our region faster than ever before, so we've had to shift our efforts to be solely a recruiting effort.
But here's my follow up. Please just read this and if it doesn't interest you, that't fine, but it would mean so much to me and sick and injured children in our area if you could find it in your heart to help.
Some of you may have seen Extra Life efforts in other cities mentioned on Susanna Moyer's reports, but for those who haven't, Extra Life is a special, geeky sort of marathon that happens each autumn to raise money for sick and injured children in Children's Miracle Network Hospitals the world over. Like a traditional marathon, participants are asked to earn pledges from friends and family or to even hold fundraisers for their personal efforts. But that's where the similarities between this and traditional marathons end. This is not a run or a walk or a bike run. This is the Gamers Marathon. This year, on November 7th, we strive to participate in an international day of play - and attempt to game for 24 hours. And before you ask, YES INGRESS COUNTS!
So I'd like to invite you all to register for the marathon, and pledge to earn just $100 before game day. The money you raise goes directly to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, or you can elect another Children's Miracle Network Hospital elsewhere that has personal meaning to you. Signing up is free and no-obligation, and you'll get a premade donor page to share on social media and email to anyone who would be interested in supporting your efforts. If you don't manage to play for a full 24 hours, or even if you don't make your goal, I promise no one will chase you down. It's the effort that makes us heroes. Even just a few dollars will make a massive impact in the area.
Better yet, if Pittsburgh earns the most money for our hospital, either per capita or total, we could unlock an extra $30,000 from the ESA foundation! Please consider joining the Extra Life Movement.
Did you also know that Extra Life's official colors are Green and Blue?
Please, there is just a month until game day, and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation needs all the help it can get to keep all their great quality of life programs for the kids. Things like patient art and music therapy, or pet therapy, or patient accessible play rooms, or events like holiday parties and proms to make up for the things that patients miss while in the hospital. Having toured the facilities, let me tell you, those kids appreciate every penny that goes towards just letting them be a kid for a little while each day! Not to mention that the funds also make sure that even low income families can get the expert care their children may need.
To find out more information, or to register for this great charity marathon, please visit www.extra-life.org
, or even drop me a few lines. I'd be happy to answer any questions about this. For more info on how the money helps, check out the Hospital Foundation's website at https://www.givetochildrens.org/ways-to-give/direct-your-gift/hospitals-greatest-needs