W.H. Croxfords Gaming Club fundraised over $8,000 during the Extra Life Gaming Fundraiser Program for the Alberta Children's Hospital.

The Extra Life fundraiser was started 15 years ago in Texas. The founder of the Croxford Gaming Club Duane Sovyn stated there is a heartwarming story that started this initiative.

"There was a young lady by the name of Victoria who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. One of the podcasters in the States at a company called The Sarcastic Gamer went ahead and sent her video games that try and help her keep her mind off of it. Sadly, she passed away, but The Sarcastic Gamer then started a 24-hour video game marathon to raise money for the hospital that helped her out, which grew into extra life."

Croxfords Gaming Club, which is a safe place for students to play any type of game, not just video games decided to participate by doing their own 24-hour marathon.

This is the third year they have participated and so far it's their biggest year yet. 29 students took part and competed in the marathon.

"The kids are required to go ahead and raise pledges (people pledge how much money they will donate if they make the full 24 hours). 27 of the 29 kids made it all the way through the night. And at the very end of it. I had a very, very tired bunch of students. But they were very happy to give back to the community."

So far they have fundraised a total of $8,400. Sovyn explained they are already planning on doing it again next year.

"Many of my graduating students this year have already asked if they can come back and help next year. So we're gonna have to see how to make that work."

Sovyn finished off by saying a lot of people utilize the children's hospital every year and this is a way that people can help give back and help others that are in dire need of help.

If you are interested in donating and helping out the cause, click HERE.

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