July 4, 2013

Join Team TR Community for the Extra Life Video Game Marathon...for the Children!

Extra Life is back! The first weekend in November I will be leading a team of intrepid raiders in an effort to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals by doing what we do best: gaming!

Last year, Team Tomb Raider Community played through an entire weekend and raised more than $1,000 to help hospitalized kids. (Details here.) This year we hope to do even more, but we can't do it without you!

If you like playing video games and want to pitch in, I encourage you to sign up for Extra Life 2013 and join our team. When you register you'll have the opportunity to choose the Children's Miracle Network Hospital you want to raise money for. If you don't live near a CMN Hospital, you can pick one of the international funds. I'll be playing in support of Children's Hospital in Boston, where kids from more than 100 countries come for life-saving treatment.

In the weeks leading up to November, players will contact friends and family to solicit donations. They can donate online through your Extra Life page or give you their cash/check donations, which you can then submit using a convenient form on the Extra Life site.

All donations are tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids.

Then, the first weekend in November, we play! Some gamers choose to do a 24-hour marathon. (This year it might even be 25 hours, since Daylight Saving Time ends that weekend.) Some play for a few hours a day over several days. You can play on your PC, console, portable, even your phone. Solo, with a friend or group, online or off, whatever is most fun for you. Last year, we did a Tomb Raider livestream and invited online friends to come watch and cheer us on. It was a blast! This year is going to be even better because we'll be building a bigger team with a broader network of supporters.

Extra Life 2012. Play Games. Heal Kids.

We can't do this without your help. If you can sign up to play, please do. If you've already signed up, consider joining our team. The more the merrier! If you're not a gamer or can't commit to a marathon, please consider making a donation to a Team Tomb Raider Community member.

We'll be updating the team roster and tracking our donations on the Team Tomb Raider Community Extra Life page. I will also be sharing more details here, on Facebook and on Twitter, as the event approaches.

For more information about the event itself, check out this quick FAQ, visit Extra-Life.org, and feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thank you for caring and I hope you'll come and join the party in November!


  1. Yep - good cause, so I've just joined.

    My time zone is 10 hours ahead of EST though ...

    What next?

    1. Awesome! I just sent you an email with details. I plan to do a marathon. I probably won't be gaming for 25 hours straight, more like 12 hours Saturday and 12 hours Sunday if I can. Also, we have volunteers and team members from all over the world, some gaming straight through Saturday, some doing a few hours here and there. So I don't think the time zone thing will be much of an issue. We'll coordinate more closely as game day approaches. It's great to have you on board! :D

  2. If we can't raise a lot of money ourselves but would like to pledge or donate then is the Team Tomb Raider Community Extra Life page the place to go?


    1. Thanks, Jerad. That would be wonderful. There's no hurry since the event isn't until November, but we do have one donation so far. Just click the "Make a Donation" link on the thermometer graphic at the top of this post to go to the Team TR page. Then click on any of the team members (me or any of the others) to go to that person's donation page. Some of the team members are collecting for their local hospitals. Sinead and I are raising money for one of the international efforts.

      On behalf of the team, the kids, and myself, thanks so much! :D