Extra Life Nerds Raise More Than $140K for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

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By Jon Bauer

Integrated Marketing Manager

After five years of gaming, Extra Life Nerds has raised more than $140,000 for three different hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network: Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minn., Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and University of Kansas Medical Center.

Nerd Jon Bauer and Lina from Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare
Nerd Jon Bauer and Lina from Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

Playing Games and Changing Lives

On November 4, over 100 Nerds in three different locations played games in a 24-hour marathon to raise money for kids in need. This year, our goal was to raise $50,000 that will go directly to the local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in Minneapolis, Chicago and Kansas City.

“This was our sixth year and we’re honored to continue helping these kids,” said Extra Life Nerds Chair Troy Cleland. “The annual event is a great way to raise money that goes directly to hospitals that make the most of the donations and make a difference in the lives of their patients.”

Extra Life Nerds: Team Chicago
Extra Life Nerds: Team Chicago

Extra Life Across the Country

Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for children’s hospitals across the country through the efforts of hundreds of teams. Donations are raised by teams and participants who pledge to play games of all kinds for 24-hours in an overnight marathon. While the event originally focused on video games, participants are invited to play whatever they want, from board games and card games to role-playing games and classic playground games.

You Can Still Help

Financial donations can be submitted at any time on the Extra Life Nerds donation page. You can also help by spreading the word about our team of Nerds and the great work being done by all Extra Life participants to help heal local kids.

Published on 11.07.17