While we wait for Dominic's blood counts to rise so he can start the second round of chemotherapy treatment for his leukemia, I want to take a bit of time to promote something my friends back in Medicine Hat are doing.
Extra Life is an event which raises funds for children's hospitals across North America. Started in 2008, it starts on Saturday, Nov. 2 with participants playing games (mainly video games but also board and other games) for 25 hours. They seek out sponsors and the money collected goes to a children's hospital of their choice.
Given that Dom is in the Alberta Children's Hospital, that's where our focus is.
Krista Gomke, one of our good friends who we met through our local slow pitch team, is getting a bunch of folks from the team together to participate. To sponsor any of us visit http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=12444.
I'm on the team and the plan is for half of the gaming party to take place at my place and half at Krista's.
This isn't the only fundraiser that is taking place. My friend Trevor Prosser is keeping track of the ones we have endorsed at www.donationsfordominic.com.
I would like to publicly thank the American Legion baseball teams in town, as they raised a reported $2,500 for us on Saturday at their games. Normally I don't mention amounts but they sent it to local media in a press release, so it's public knowledge.
I hope everyone understands it's the gesture of doing something, not the amount that means the most to us. Everyone's support has been more than we ever imagined. Even just for following the blog, thank you.