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The Extra Life Marathon Raises Money for Hospitals by Playing Games

By: Omar Yusuf - Published: Sep 21, 2011 • References: extra-life.org and gamepolitics
Staying true to their motto, the folks organizing the Extra Life Marathon have miraculously found a way for you to put all those hours of gaming to charitable use. 'Play games, heal kids,' who could ask for a better deal?

Established by the Children's Miracle Network and its affiliate hospitals, the Extra Life Marathon is asking gamers to round up at least three friends or family members to donate $1 for every hour of video games they play. Because the marathon only lasts one day, that's (hopefully) $24 from each donator. No game is off the table, so if you'd prefer playing an iPhone game for a handful of hours, it's not out of the question. The fated day of the marathon is October 15th, so make sure your thumbs are nimble and the Mountain Dew is aplenty.