Extra Life

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One of the greatest things in a video game is the fact that you, as a player, get multiple lives. When you die in a video game, it’s okay because you have an extra life … or two … or three!

Although we don’t necessarily get extra lives in reality, kids at the UMC Children’s Hospital often do get a second chance at life because of the tools and technology provided by funds from the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).

One of the ways we, and other CMN hospitals, receive the funds needed to make miracles happen is through participation in Extra Life. Extra Life unites players around the world in a 24-hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since its inception in 2007, Extra Life has raised more than $40 million for local CMN hospitals, like UMC.

We are so honored to have IT employees who decided to take their love of video games and raise money by participating in Extra Life! Cory White, Brent Delashaw, Brent Cray and Travis Lipe formed a team in 2016 and have participated in three gaming marathons for Extra Life.

They said after seeing what the UMC Foundation does with money that comes in, it was hard to resist helping.

“We are happy to do anything we can to increase what Children’s Miracle Network is able to do for the kids at UMC Children’s Hospital,” said Brent Cray. “A great, simple way to do so is by playing our favorite games to raise money and awareness of CMN!”

This year, the team raised $2,400. That makes the grand total of money raised by this team over $12,000 in three years! These funds have helped UMC Children’s Hospital buy gaming consoles for children to play during their hospital stay and will continue to provide for children in other ways.

The UMC Extra Life team is already making plans and preparations for next year’s gaming marathon. To join contact Brent Cray at brent.cray@umchealthsystem.com, Brent Delashaw at brent.delashaw@umchealthsystem.com, Cory White at cory.white@umchealthsystem.com, or Travis Lipe at travis.lipe@umchealthsystem.com.

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