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I began blogging to write. I have been a writer steadily writing since the age of 8. It is just something that I have always done. Something I always want to do.

One of the most amazing things about having my own blog is being able to use my voice, my space for the greater good. I have been able to support so many of the things that affect our lives. So many of the causes that I believe in. All because of this little old space that I take up on the Internet.

I am very honored to partner up with Children's Miracle Network about the upcoming Extra Life Marathon. The Extra Life Marathon was inspired by a young gamer who passed away from leukemia. My regular readers know that we are a gaming family. We love a little competition and are fierce competitors when it comes to gaming.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNHospitals.org), a charity that raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America, will launch its 24-hour video game fundraising marathon called Extra Life on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 8 a.m. local time. The Extra Life Marathon was created to honor the late Victoria (Tori) Enmon, a 15-year-old girl who played video games during her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Each Extra Life participant is asked to raise money by recruiting at least four sponsors to give a minimum of $1 for each hour of the marathon. This equates to just $24 per sponsor. Individuals can play any game they choose — including those on their phone, computer or even board games — and can participate in the marathon from their own homes or create or join groups and play from any location of their choosing. Each donation stays in the community where it was given to benefit the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Individuals can sign up to participate and can donate to the cause at www.extra-life.org.

“As the largest children’s hospital charity, treating one in nine kids in North America, we have the opportunity to truly make a difference through life-changing fundraisers like Extra Life,” said John Lauck, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “Extra Life carries on Tori’s legacy, as it inspires individuals to join together to save the lives of children in our local communities.”

Gamers are encouraged to take breaks throughout the marathon and to implement any applicable safety measures. If an individual is unable to play the full 24 hours on Oct. 15, he or she can make up the time later or even play before the official launch.

PLAY THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st, 2011

Gamers have an additional opportunity to participate in the cause. Xbox 360 will host its Gaming and Giving for Good (G3) Xbox Live charity on Saturday, Oct. 1, to benefit Extra Life. G3 will harness the power of millions of members on Xbox LIVE, the online entertainment network for Xbox 360. As part of the event, all participants who register at Xbox.com/g3 will receive a free Xbox LIVE Gold Membership for the weekend to play their favorite games. Xbox LIVE Gold allows users to play games online with friends and family and receive exclusive discounts on Xbox LIVE content.

About Extra Life
Extra Life (http://www.extra-life.org) was founded in 2008 by Jeromy Adams, known as “Sarcastic Gamer” (www.sarcasticgamer.com) in the video gaming community. The Sarcastic Gamer Community included participation from Victoria (Tori) Enmon, a 15-year-old girl, who was not only passionate about video gaming but was using this hobby to give her strength to fight three bouts of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Tori’s battle inspired the Sarcastic Gamer Community to send her video games and gifts to keep up her spirits despite numerous hospital stays. Following Tori’s passing later that year, an annual Extra Life Marathon was launched and is now an official Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals campaign to raise money for local children’s hospitals to help save the lives of other children.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given, it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at www.CMNHospitals.org.

 

WIN AN XBOX 360 4GB CONSOLE WITH KINECT HERE!

One lucky reader of The Divine Miss Mommy will win an Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect (pictured above). To enter the contest, visit the Extra Life site and tell me something that you learned about this amazing event. Your answer should be relevant and meaningful. Get to know this organization. Leave the answer as a comment below as your first, mandatory entry. If you cut and paste another entry on this blog, your entry will not count.

Prize is valued at $299.99 and includes: built-in wi-fi, a black wireless controller, a standard definition composite A/V cable, a Kinect Sensor, the Kinect Adventures game, and comes with a free one-month Xbox LIVE Gold Membership.

BONUS ENTRIES FOR EXTRA CHANCES TO WIN

20 ENTRIES:

Blog about the giveaway as a separate blog post – you must include the Extra Life Marathon and sign up information plus the Xbox giveaway. Blog posts must be posted by October 14 to count.

Sign up for the Extra Life Marathon – you must send me the email confirmation of your registration

5 ENTRIES:

Subscribe by email or RSS Reader

Enter any of my other Fabulous Fall Giveaways – take five entries for each contest you enter.

2 ENTRIES:

List this giveaway on any giveaway linky or giveaway site

Add a relevant comment to any non-giveaway posts on my blog

Add the Divine Miss Mommy button to your blogroll or sidebar

Share the giveaway on your Facebook page with the hashtag #extralife

Give me K+ on Klout in Social Media, Blogging or Moms and Tweet about it. You can do each topic once per day (so 6 entries per day total). Leave your Klout name in the comments so I can check it on my list.

1 ENTRY:

Friend me on Google Friend Connect

Like The Divine Miss Mommy on Facebook

Like this post by clicking the Facebook “Like” button

Follow  @StacieinAtlanta on Twitter (that’s me!)

Tweet about the contest (up to 4 X per day – Subscribers can tweet every 2 hours or 12 X per day). Tweet MUST have the giveaway item, the word giveaway in the tweet, the hashtag #extralife and a link to this post.

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Giveaway ends 10/23/11 at 11:59 PM EST. All entries must be properly recorded in the comments to count (i.e. Link to tweets, Facebook page, etc). Winner will be notified via email and has 24 hours to respond. If winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen and notified.

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  1. ellen

    I learned that the Childrens Miracle Network was originally founded in 1983 by Marie Osmond and her family, John Schneider, Mick Shannon and Joe Lake. I do remember the Osmonds being involved, but not the others so that was interesting.
    I also learned most of their funding comes a little at a time- that small things do indeed add up. This, is where Extra Life comes in!
    Extra Life, is one of the fundraising events of the Childrens Miracle Network, and was started by a gamer to help an ill gamer and to get people involved . They get sponsors to support them for a dollar an hour ($24) and get as many sponsors as they can. The participants get their own page to keep track of their progress.
    I also found out they are heavily into social media- on the page you can follow on twitter/FB/YouTube and download posters and logos online- very cool stuff !

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  8. Stephanie Phelps

    I learned that Extra Life began in 2008 as a way of honoring a young lady named Victoria Enmon. Tori’s battle against acute lymphoblastic leukemia inspired the Sarcastic Gamer Community in a way that is difficult to describe. Members sent in video games and bought gifts to keep Tori’s spirits up despite numerous hospital stays and three bouts with the deadly disease.
    I also learned that is you cannot play the whole 24 hours on that Saturday that you can make up the time even before the event starts.

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  28. This year, when you sign up to play video games for 24 hours on Oct. 15, 2011, you won’t just be raising money for kids. You’ll be supporting LOCAL kids and their families. Kids right in your own backyard.

    All the money you raise for Extra Life 2011 will go directly to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of your choice.

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