**Date subject to change to another Saturday in Q1 2017
NOTICE: January 29, 2017
Game day is THIS Saturday! Come watch the stream at any time during 10am Saturday until 10am Sunday morning.
I will try to start streaming during setup around 9:30am. Please come say hello and cheer us on at twitch.tv/AlfaTrion!
What's going on?
Hi! My name is Farhan and for my next birthday, instead of throwing myself a party with all of my awesome friends and family as I have been known to do, I want to hold a charity event to raise funds for the SickKids Foundation. To achieve this goal, I will participate in a 24 hour gaming marathon called Extra Life with some of my aforementioned awesome friends.
On my 36th birthday in 2015, I was hospitalized when nearly the entire right side of my body gradually went numb. It was like that side of my body just went to sleep, with a pins and needles sensation. After lots of testing and a few treatments of strong steroids, most of the feeling came back. The diagnosis was a neurological disorder known as transverse myelitis, but the neurologists warned if my symptoms occur again, the new diagnosis would most likely be MS, multiple sclerosis.
A year and a half later, my worst fear was confirmed. This time it was the left side of my body having too much sensation. After another trip to the MRI scanner, the MS specialists had the proof they needed to come to the conclusion that I suffer from relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and presented me with treatment options. I must now inject myself with an absurdly expensive drug, daily. This aspect of my life is very new and I can only hope that this treatment is compatible with my body. My right arm and hand (my dominant side) are still weak and have the pins and needles feeling to this day.
Even though I have this debilitating disease that can potentially get worse, I still consider myself lucky. There are thousands of sick children who need life-saving care from specialized doctors, expensive medical equipment, and a massive amount of clinical research. Please help me help these kids and donate today at my page on Extra-Life.org.
Extra Life brings board gamers and video gamers together for 24 hour gaming marathons worldwide to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. They have raised more than $22 million to help children's hospitals provide critical treatments and health care services, pediatric medical equipment, research and charitable care.
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for 170 children's hospitals across Canada and the U.S.A. The local CMN hospital I have chosen is the SickKids Foundation.
SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children. Their fundraising is driven by the belief that improving the health and well-being of children is one of the most powerful ways to improve society.
Your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.
For more information about Extra Life, CMNH or SickKids Foundation, please visit their respective websites.
If you know me, you probably know that video games are a huge part of my life and they have been since I was a child. From Sega to Nintendo, Sony to Microsoft, and the others in-between... there are hundreds of unique experiences, stories, music and visuals to be enjoyed.
Since 1987 (almost three decades!), I have been collecting home console systems, computer and portable games and have amassed around 2,000 games either digitally or physically. Ports of arcade classics, platformers, RPGs, puzzle games, rhythm games, strategy, adventure... almost any genre out there, I probably have it! So what better way is there to put them to use other than supporting a charity like SickKids?
A few years ago I started a side project to try and preserve older "retro" games as best I could as the aging technology is becoming harder to come by. I wanted to make a library of sorts so people can experience the history of video games as I did growing up, instead of these games deteriorating in storage somewhere, sadly forgotten. Let's use these games for the reason they have been made — to be played!
During this marathon, my team and I will be playing games from many of the consoles I own, from which I can stream to YouTube Gaming and/or Twitch — social media sites dedicated to broadcasting gamers doing what they love.
Join us, 1UPers, on 2017-02-04 via live stream to raise money for the SickKids Foundation!
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
What a Campaign!
I've been amazed since Day 1 of launching this site and week after week, month after month, my mind was blown over and over again. The amount of caring and warm people who donated and the amounts people donated both were such a pleasant surprise to me.
I proudly announce that, as of New Year's Eve, our first Extra Life campaign has ended and we raised a final total of $6,189 USD! That's about $8,140 in Canadian dollars that goes straight to the SickKids Foundation to distribute in the areas of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto that need it most.
While many people have said congratulations to me, I have to say congratulations to every single person who donated for doing such a great thing, as well as for making my birthday wish come true. Cheers and Happy New Year!
Join us on Saturday morning, February 4th at 10am on Twitch.tv/AlfaTrion and cheer us on and say hello.
I will be streaming the games listed in the event schedule along with a webcam pointed at the team members playing. You can watch us win, fail, laugh and scream at the games and each other.
As I am a Twitch Prime member now, I'm hoping there is a way to archive the footage so I can post clips on YouTube afterwards but I'm unfamiliar in this area so that is not guaranteed. So please join us on game day if you can, even for a few minutes!
The Final Stretch
1.5 Weeks Left...
Current goal progress: 97%
3803% more funds raised than the average fund raiser for this event!
Overall rank across Extra Life: 75th out of 50,162
Donations Received: 54
Rank for SickKids fundraiser across Extra Life: 1st!
Folks, this is amazing. We're under $200 away from raising $6,000 USD for SickKids Foundation in our first ever Extra Life campaign. That's almost six times my original goal!
I know everyone is busy with holiday errands, shopping, gatherings and more. But let's not forget the thousands of children that will benefit from your donation. If you haven't had time to donate yet, time is running out as we only have just over a week left for the 2016 campaign. If you have already donated, please spread the word! Thank you everyone for all of your support and kid words!
Twitch Streaming Today
I have the day off work specifically to do work on charity related tasks. Today I will be streaming on Twitch, on-and-off, testing all the games scheduled for game day. Come join me if you can and provide any feedback about the quality of the stream weather it be the video quality, the audio or even how messy my living room is at the moment!
We're Cleaning Up!
At the beginning of the November we were sitting around $2,800 raised. I'm so excited to tell you that as of this post, we have surpassed our 3rd goal of $5,000 and with one month left, we have raised $5,436 for SickKids Foundation! After donations from my loving mother and aunt, we broke $5,000 so I stretched the goal by a grand. Within 24 hours of the increase we were already less than $600 to the new goal!
I'd like to give a huge thank you to Dennis Fagan for re-donating six (6) of his time slots he earned with his contribution in order to give people more incentives to take part in giving. This act raised us a whopping $175 as well as some great game requests. Way to go, Dennis!
I must also thank my father for enlisting his kind friends to help the cause. So far, these generous people have given me many warm words on top of donating around $1,700 within the last two weeks, which is absolutely huge!
Currently, there are 49,634 participants across all of Extra Life who are supporting their local Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Last update I mentioned we were the #1 fundraisers across Extra Life who are raising funds for SickKids Foundation, our local CMN hospital. This update I am so proud to say, thanks to every single person who has donated for Team 1UPers, we are 74th across all of Extra Life out of nearly 50,000 participants!
Being able to take all this money to a charity like SickKids Foundation... This is probably going to be the best birthday of my entire life. Thank you all.
One Month Left
For donations to count towards this Extra Life campaign, there's only one month left. If you haven't already, now's the time to donate! Otherwise your donation will count towards next year's campaign and your tax receipt won't arrive for quite some time. That's fine with me if it's fine with you :)
Don't forget to tell your friends. If they are feeling charitable this holiday season, SickKids Foundation is a great place who can always benefit from a donation of any amount. Every dollar counts! #ForTheKids
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