Gamers will play on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015’s Extra Life game day benefiting Trinity Mother Frances, the local CMN Hospital. - CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System

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Published on October 28, 2015

East Texas Gamers Gear Up For November 7th Event Benefitting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals


Video gaming event helps gamers raise funds for local pediatric patients


TYLER, TX — Game lovers of all kinds are spending the next weeks raising funds and deciding what to play on Saturday, Nov. 7 — 2015’s Extra Life game day benefiting Trinity Mother Frances, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.


The grassroots gaming experience lets gamers register for free at, select their local CMN Hospital, establish a fundraising goal and seek donations from friends and family to support their “game day.”


The East Texas Miracle Team, a local Extra Life team led by former Miracle Child, Jeff Wright, and the local Association of Technology, Management & Applied Engineering (ATMAE) chapter, will be hosting a gaming event on Nov. 7 at the University Center Ballroom at UT Tyler from 6-11pm to raise money for CMNH at Trinity Mother Frances by playing games! All gamers are welcome to participate, entry will be $5 for casual play and $10 for tournament play.


Wright encourages gamers to participate in Extra Life “because [gamers] are going to play videogames anyway…why not come out and meet fellow gamers and form a community to help our local children.” Wright learned to play games during his numerous hospital stays as a child, and fondly remembers the nurses who would play games with him after their shifts, and he is excited to give back by doing something he loves.


Since 2008, tens of thousands of participants have raised more than $8 million on behalf of this Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising program. All secure donations made on behalf of Extra Life participants in East Texas stay local to benefit Trinity Mother Frances and fund life-saving equipment, programs and services for our tiniest patients.


“Extra Life has grown dramatically because it answers a very simple question: how can I use my love of gaming to make life better for kids in my community,” said Jeromy Adams, founder and managing director of Extra Life. “Local gamers are the reason this program has taken off and grown double year-over-year — from families to college students, individuals to teams. Extra Life’s a movement bonded by passion, formed by gamers and committed to helping local hospitals just like Trinity Mother Frances. And we’re gearing up for our best fundraising year yet!”



Points for consideration:

·       Children at our hospital enjoy gaming as a distraction from their medical challenges. Extra Life honors that joy.

·       The Nov. 7th event in the UC Ballroom at UT Tyler from 6-11pm is open to the public, entry will be $5 for casual play any $10 for tournament play. All proceeds benefit CMNH at Trinity Mother Frances. All gamers under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.


Reviewed by Will Knous on November 23, 2015