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Extra Life Gamers Raise More Than $21,000 for Children's Hospital

Nov 07, 2019 08:55AM ● By Erica Shames

Gamers from around the region signed up to play games for 24 hours on Nov. 2 and asked their friends and family to sponsor their efforts during Extra Life Game Day 2019. Thanks to their dedication and hard work, $21,085 was raised for Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

The Gearbox Union, a group of gamers based in Blair and Cambria counties, held a 24-hour gaming event on Nov. 2 and raised $20,120 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Gearbox members held the event behind Fiore Furniture in Altoona and held public tournaments and games. Of the amount raised, Gearbox Union members raised $14,195 for Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

Many local sponsors contributed to the Gearbox Union’s success, including Sheetz, S&T Bank, Fiore Furniture and Atlantic Broadband. Red Bull provided energy drinks for the team and Panda Express Altoona provided dinner for the entire team. 

Even though the national Extra Life Game Day has passed, gamers can still join in the fun. Extra Life is a year-round program that allows gamers to sign up to play games any time through the year to support Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. Getting started is easy. Visit and sign up by pledging to play games from home or online on any day. Recruit family and friends to donate to your fundraising efforts. Then, play games and heal kids.

Funds raised by this event will help to provide pediatric equipment, programs and services at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and pediatric facilities throughout Geisinger Health System.

About Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger
Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger helps make miracles happen every day at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Geisinger Wyoming Valley, and more than 40 medical groups and pediatric specialty outreach clinics. A nonprofit organization, it has raised more than $63 million for pediatric services, equipment and programs throughout Geisinger Health System since 1984. For more information on Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger, call 1-800-322-5437 or (570) 271-
6188, or visit

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