An extra dose of fun: How a gaming marathon supports Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Extra Life gaming marathon

Gamers rally friends and family members to sponsor their play.

Members of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Teen Advisory Council, guided by Child Life specialists, recently participated in a 4-hour video game marathon through an organization called Extra Life. This group sponsors a 24-hour gaming marathon that supports local children’s hospitals and enables groups all over the U.S. to host their own gaming nights to raise money for children’s hospitals.

The teen advisory council hosted a marathon in the Teen Lounge. Through the group’s fundraising efforts, money collected from friends and family totaled more than $900 for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

I was truly blessed to be a part of this night. From Call of Duty to Bananagrams, the evening was filled with lots of excitement and healthy competition. Being there with the inpatients and fellow teen advisory members made us forget about our struggles for a few hours and created an incredible atmosphere that cannot be described.

Children’s Hospital is a gift to the community, providing excellent care. We on the teen advisory council are so happy to be able to give back to Children’s Hospital and help to make teen patients’ hospital experiences more enjoyable. The gaming marathon was just one of our many ways of saying thank you.

- Katie Felsheim, guest blogger, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Teen Advisory Council Member

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