For those of you that don't know what the Extra Life gaming marathon is, in short it's a 24 hour gaming marathon to raise money for Children's Miracle Network hospitals.  This is the third year that PUNI has participated in it and we have really outdone ourselves!  The event was on November 2 and before I get into my personal experience I want to give another big THANK YOU to all of the people that have helped out with the event.  I had a very impressive number of donations this year, over doubling what I raised last year!  My total at the end of the event was an astounding $1,040.  It was fantastic knowing that I raised so much money for my local children's hospital and that my friends were willing to give up some of their hard earned money to support the cause.  I also had a ton of people that would constantly promote the event by sharing my links on their social media pages, so thank you guys for that as well.  And finally, I want to thank all of the people that joined in on my game play and kept me company during the event.  You guys rock!

 

I started the event at 9am on November 2.  I didn't have a particular schedule or anything like that; I decided to play Black Ops 2 and was going to play until I got completely sick and tired of it.  Little did I know that I would end up playing the game for about 20 hours straight!  I had two friends sign on at 9:00 with me, and eventually I ended up with a full party of 6 for the longest time.  It was awesome.  I was killing it in Hardcore Kill Confirmed and I was having a ton of fun with so many friends there keeping me company.  

I kept trying to post updates on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to show my friends that I was alive and kicking, even though I was exhausted.  I didn't start to feel tired until about 12 hours in, but I had plenty of energy drinks and caffeine to keep me running.  I think the last few hours were the absolute worst because all of my friends had gone to sleep and I was running on empty.  I decided to spend the last few hours comfy in the bed playing Plants Vs. Zombies 2 on my iPad.  Luckily that game is highly addicting and I managed to make it to the end with it.  Whew!


Even though I had some good luck with my gaming, there were a few bumps on the road.  Unfortunately, someone dark and evil decided to create multiple DDoS attacks on the Extra Life website, preventing people from donating to the cause.  What kind of person does that?  The money goes to help sick kids and these jerk offs were interrupting everyone's amazing fundraising.  I'm glad they finally got everything squared away after four attacks.

This event is something that I look forward to every year because I get to do what I love for a great cause.  I don't get many opportunities to donate to causes because of financial reasons so I work my ass off every year to raise funds and play my Xbox brains out for the kids.  I know I bugged the crap out of some of my friends and people on Facebook, so I appreciate y'all putting up with me and my multiple links, pictures, and shares.  Thank you everyone, from the bottom of my heart, for making this event phenomenal. 

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