Save Kids Lives!
Victoria Enmon’s Inspiring Story
My son, David, and I are on a mission to Save Kids Lives and we need your help. Our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital treats thousands of children each year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few.
David started his first Extra Life event as a way of doing something good with his nerdy passions of tabletop and video gaming. He learned that his mother, my wife, had spent months as a child in the hospital he is supporting. Since his first year participating in Extra-Life, that hospital has moved to a wonderful new facility. He has been able to visit it and was inspired to see what they provide for the children and their families. Our family has made this Extra-Life gaming event a fun and exciting experience every year since.
Extra Life began in 2008 as a way of honoring a young lady named Victoria Enmon (see her story). Her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia inspired the SarcasticGamer.com Blog/Podcast Community in a way that is difficult to describe. Members sent video games and bought gifts to keep Tori’s spirits up despite numerous hospital stays and three bouts with the deadly disease.
Tragically, Tori was lost to cancer in January 2008. Later that year, Sarcastic Gamer launched Extra Life, a 24-hour video game marathon to raise money for the hospital that treated and fought beside Tori. In 2008 and 2009 Extra Life raised a combined $302,000, 100 percent of which went directly to help kids like Tori at my local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago).
On November 15, 2014, we participated in this huge worldwide celebration of the social impact of gamers of all kinds. We went from video games to board games and tabletop RPG’s! This year we did something a bit different.
We added coffee to the 24-hour video game marathon and created a site where individuals can purchase coffee to continue supporting Extra Life… buy our coffee, http://etralifecafe.com. Your purchases may be tax deductible since 50% of all profits will go to help Save Kids Lives.
Change Your Coffee & Save Kids – It’s That Simple!
The Extra Life Story: http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.page&id=1095
Extra Life Cafe: http://etralifecafe.com
Extra Life Organization: http://danhansen.com/extralife