Quick Info

**Date subject to change to
 another Saturday in Q4 2018 or Q1 2019 (as we might be moving to a new house)

What's going on?

The Plan

Hi! My name is Farhan and in the last two years, I held two charity events to raise funds for the SickKids Foundation. To achieve this goal, my team of great friends and I participated in a video gaming marathon, called Extra Life, which is held specifically to help local children's hospitals. I'm humbled and proud to say since 2016 we've raised over $10,000 USD for SickKids Foundation!

I'm doing Extra Life again this year because not only do we have a ton of fun, but I know we can continue to help out a lot of sick children, and their families, who are in need.

Girl reading a book imagining a man on a boat

My Story

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. I can only hope that my body continues to accept this treatment. My right arm and hand (my dominant side) are still very weak and have that pins and needles feeling to this day.

Even though I have this debilitating disease that can potentially get worse, I still consider myself lucky. Sadly, 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!

The Games

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 (over three decades!), I have been collecting home console systems, video, 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 while back, 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 same 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!

Incentives

During this marathon, my team and I will be playing games from many of the consoles I own, from which I can stream to Twitch.tv — a social media site dedicated to broadcasting gamers doing what they love.

I need your help to reach my goal for the kids. Please make a safe, easy donation online today. Click the "Donate" button on my Extra Life page to get started. Thank you so much for supporting my efforts!

Pick What We Play!

In past events, my generous supporters would donate a certain amount in order to pick what games we play! We are doing the same thing this year. Here are the details:

  • pick any game we play for 30 minutes: minimum $25 USD donation
  • pick any game we play for 60 minutes: minimum $45 USD donation
  • EARLY BIRD SPECIAL:  Until September 30th, 2018 
    • pick any game we play 60 minutes: minium $40 USD donation

The large list of available games we can play is on the Event Schedule page and updated periodically.

Your Public Messages/Promotions

We will say a short message or promotion, live, during the stream for a minimum donation of $75 USD.

NOTE 1: The message or promotion will be accepted as long as it falls within the rules of Twitch.tv and does not promote hate or intolerance towards any race, gender, religion or other group of people.

NOTE 2: The message must be under 281 characters, the size of a tweet on Twitter.

Other Incentives

There will be other incentives during the stream such as, and not limited to the following:
During the stream, donations of...

  • $25 USD: current player does 10 pushups
  • $35 USD: Farhan takes a tequila shot, with Tabasco
  • $50 USD: Farhan does a plank for 60 seconds
  • $100 USD: Carmen puts on makeup on part of Farhan's face

Maybe you can help us think of more incentives for people to donate! But don't forget the best incentive of all is doing it #ForTheKids!!

Previous Years' Live Streams

You can watch our clips from the live stream of the previous years on YouTube! Check the links below. There's about 14 hours worth of clips with more to come...

Main cast of Persona 4 Golden on PS Vita

Related Information

Extra Life

Extra Life brings board gamers and video gamers together for 24-hour gaming marathons worldwide to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Since 2008, they have raised more than $40 million to help children's hospitals provide critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment, research and charitable care.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals is a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across Canada and the U.S. The local CMN hospital I have chosen is SickKids - The Hospital For Sick Children. 62 children enter a CMN Hospital every minute!

SickKids Foundation

SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of SickKids - 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.

Tax Deductions

Your donation is tax-deductible (if over $20 USD) and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.

More Info

For more information about Extra Life, CMNH or SickKids Foundation, please visit their respective websites.

Cartoon nurse holding a big syringe

Join us again this November via live stream to raise money for the SickKids Foundation!

Latest Updates

NOTICE: Marathon Date Change

We're Still Here, and We're Still Going!

First off, I would like to apologize for the lack of updates lately. September and October have been extremely busy for my wife and me. We both had some freelance work to complete, as well as courses to finish after our regular day jobs and other responsibilities. Also, I had to put in a ton of extra hours at my 9-to-5. On top of all that, we just got married in August and since then, we have been spending most of our time getting ready to list our home for sale. I am happy to say, we are finally going on the market this Wednesday!

All that being said, we ended up having to list much too close to our originally scheduled dates for our Extra life marathons. Due to this, we are rescheduling the marathon days to the following dates:

  • Day 1: Saturday, November 24th (Happy Birthday, Mom!)
  • Day 2: Saturday, December 1st

Please update your calendars and continue to tell your friends about our cause!

10th Anniversary Extra Life Flexible Wood Google Pixel Case from CarvedX.com
10th Anniversary Extra Life Flexible Wood Google Pixel Case from CarvedX.com

Where Are We At?

As of the writing of this post, here are our stats:

  • 41.1% of our $5,000 goal, at $2,055
  • We are currently ranked:
    • in the top 200 teams of fundraisers out of just under 38,000 participants
    • in the top 25 teams in Canada out of ~4,500
    • in the top 5 teams in Ontario out of ~1,500
    • the 4th highest fundraisers for SickKids Foundation! (out of ~700)
  • Donations received: 26
  • Average donation: $76.11
  • Largest donation: $250 (thanks Ryan D!)

How great is this? We are less than $500 away from the halfway point to our goal and we're amongst the top fundraisers, yet again, for the 3rd year in a row (so far). On top of all this, due to raising enough funds, I was eligible to receive an exclusive, 10th Anniversary Extra Life custom phone case for my Google Pixel made from flexible wood from CarvedX.com!

Game Requests

Game requests are still open. We have exactly twenty 30-min slots (or ten 60-min ones) left, but they might start to go quickly as game day is only a month away!

Here are the games people have requested since my last update:

  • Forza Horizon 3
  • Runbow (3rd year in a row!)
  • Super Mario Party
  • Super Contra III
  • Sonic Mania
  • Gradius V or Ikaruga
  • Cuphead
  • Portal

Due to listing our house, ALL of my consoles and games are packed away but I will unpack anything on my game list which you would like my team and me to play. And you know why: because it's #ForTheKids!!

Early Bird Special: Only 2 Weeks Left

Smiling child with stethoscope on his chest. 'I am playing games to heal local kids.'

Request What We Play To Heal Kids

Great news: In just over two weeks we have already raised over $800 USD for SickKids Foundation! That's 16% of our $5,000 goal :) Please spread the word and maybe we can get to 25% before the end of the month!

Out of the 9 awesome people who donated so far, 6 of them have requested some games:

  • Dragon Ball Fighter Z
  • Super Volley Blast
  • Windjammers (a favourite from last year)
  • Super Mario Land (with a twist!)
  • Tekken 7
  • Super Bomberman R

If you would like to request a game, check out the Event Schedule for instructions on how to do so. Also, if you donate before October 1st, you can take advantage of the Early Bird Special which let's you request a game for me and my team to play for an hour of the marathon for only $40 USD! Half hour game requests will remain at $25 USD donations.

I have added over 50 new games to my library for you to choose from. So browse through the game list and request a game! There's well over 2000 games divided by console, so if you think of a game, I may have some version of it somewhere :)

Here is the direct donations link.

Let's Get This Started (Again)!

Third year running! Playing in support of SickKids Foundation

Doing it Once Again, #ForTheKids

Hello heroes! It's that time of year again where my team and I promise to play 24 hours of video games in order to raise funds for SickKids - The Hospital For Sick Children! That's right, it's the 3rd Annual Team 1UPers Extra Life Campaign, where we help sick children and run a marathon of playing video games for an absurd length of time!*

If you are new, please skim through the homepage so you know what's going on here (the short version is we play video games to help heal kids). But if you're not, welcome back!

It's been another crazy year... the craziest? Well there's still time for more crazy to spew but in spite of it all, we are going to do: what makes people happy, what makes us a team, what can save lives of many children in Toronto and the rest of the world, and much more!

We have a lot of work to do, SickKids Foundation needs our help.

*Please play responsibly.

Details

This year our goal is $5,000 and the donation forms will be live until December 31st, 2018. We will likely be marathon-playing 2 days (minimum 12 hours each) of video games this Winter, stream it all live on Twitch.tv, and we'll throw in a few more incentives for your friends and co-workers to donate as well!

Game requests are back and of course, there will be more games to choose from. For more details check the Event Schedule page. I will be updating the available games list very soon but there are still thousands to pick from currently! The Early Bird Special is on from now until the end of September 2018!

More Updates

To check out the entire update history, go to the Updates page.