The Dream Cast is an Extra Life fundraiser event happening on November 2nd, that pits 6 individuals in one basement to play video games for 24 hours straight! Because of daylight savings we will be going for 25 hours this year, all in an effort to raise money for the Alberta Children’s Hospital!
The Dream Cast is a fundraising event started in 2014 when Todd Willsie, Ben Fleming and Grant Gordon were all out having wings. Grant had been a part of an Extra Life fundraiser when he worked at Capcom and had mentioned the idea of playing games for 24 hours to raise money to help kids. The rest of the group thought it was a great idea, so they all invited a few of their friends (Kevin, Sean, and Carey) to partake in the fund raising event and played games for 24 hours.
The team name was created because it represented an awesome group of friends (the dream team) and that they would be broadcasting their gameplay on the internet.
This is how The Dream Cast Fundraiser Event was created.
EXTRA LIFE AND THE CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK
Extra Life began in 2008 as a way of honouring a young lady name Victoria (Tori) Enmon. Tori’s battle against acute lymphoblastic leukaemia inspired a group of video gamers (called Sarcastic Gamer) to send in video games and gifts to keep Tori’s spirits up despite her numerous hospital stays and three bouts with the deadly disease.
Tragically, Tori had succumb to her cancer in January 2008. The Sarcastic Gamer community started Extra Life, a 24 hour video gaming marathon to raise money for the hospital that treated and fought beside Tori. Extra Life quickly expanded and partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion – most of it $1 at a time – for 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most.
ALBERTA CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Every year the Alberta Children’s Hospital helps over 90,000 kids from Calgary, across the province, the prairies and the country. Donations received by the Alberta Children’s Hospital goes to ensure that children receive the best care possible.
Donations are invested in the hospital’s highest priority needs and goes towards supporting child health programs, specialized life-saving equipment and advanced paediatric research. The Alberta Children’s Hospital is quickly becoming a leader in the fields of childhood cancer, life saving care and brain health.
You can learn more about the Alberta Children’s Hospital at http://www.childrenshospital.ab.ca
The most effective and direct way to help us is to donate to our team on extra-life.org. It’s easy to donate and you can even get a tax receipt.
Note: Please be cautious, donations are processed in US Dollars.
If you don’t have the money to give, you can help us out by joining us online. Watching our live stream increases our viewer count which will increase the number of potential online donations we will receive. Not to mention you can win some free giveaways and watch us slowly fade over the 25 hour period.
Take it to the next level. Join our Extra Life team online and raise some money yourself. You can even host your own 24 hour or 2 by 12 hour gaming marathon. It doesn’t even have to be video games. Get your friends and coworkers involved and try and raise money while playing your family’s favourite board game with your kids.
“Everyone deserves an extra One-Up in life which is why I chose to support Alberta Children’s Hospital using my favourite past-time and passion: Gaming. Sometimes life hands out the biggest battles and I want to help the kids win.”
“Extra Life is a way for me to do something I love and to try and give someone else a chance to figure out what they love. So many children are forced into unfair epic battles and it’s time we group up to help them however we can.”
“To do something meaningful while playing video games: Is this not the holy grail of proving our parents wrong? I had a full childhood, and I’m still living it at the ripe age of 28. I want to help other kids to keep being kids too.”
“I’ve grown up with friends that have had to spend a lot of time at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. To be able to raise money to help kids in similar situations is an honour. To do that by playing video games is a bonus.”
“My son Nicholas had to go into the hospital at the age of 3 for eye surgery, and I’m so grateful that they were there to help him and that the Alberta Children’s Hospital has been here for the last 6 years to continue to help with his rehabilitation. This is my way of giving back to them so they can help more kids.”
“Many years ago, I was a patient at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Though I was very young, I still remember how kind and caring the nurses were, and how bright and cheerful the place was, in spite of being a hospital. My stay there was short and uneventful, but there are many children today who are not as lucky as I. Now I have kids of my own, and while I hope they never have to spend much time there, I know that the Alberta Children’s Hospital will be there to provide them the very best care if they need it.”
“(The birth of my daughter gave) a pretty emotional and real appreciation for why we do this every year”
“Playing video games has been a childhood passion that has never faded. While I have not personally been exposed to the battles these kids experience every day, I have someone in my life who deals with it on a regular basis as part of their career at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Every child deserves to have a chance to explore their passion, no matter what it is. I am excited to do what I love for a good cause and look forward to taking part in the years to come.”
We want to ensure that everyone participating has a fun time and knows what we are playing. So we have posted our game schedule and the game ratings, just incase you have little ones watching. Game ratings are based off of the ESRB guidelines.
We rate our overall stream as Teen for crude humour, and use of bad language.
Family Members with younger kids are encouraged to watch Trevor & Evan’s – Family Friendly 24 hr stream
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