The year started out with what was a life-changing experience for both Rob and I - Extra Life United. The national tournament for Extra Life gave us a chance to see how big an impact our fundraising can have. We met families from across North America who needed the services of Children's Miracle Network hospitals. It was a tearful, joyful few days. We also met fellow Extra Lifers and left with dozens of new friends.
|The Extra Life United Gang|
After ELU was the Chits & Bits Game Marathon- our big event for the year. It was a huge success, mostly due to the hard work of our team. We raised over $20,000 for The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, and had a great time doing it. Over a hundred prizes were given away, and tons of games were played over the 24 hour marathon. Our team continues to do amazing things, and Rob and I are both so thankful for all their hard work.
Just a few short weeks after the marathon, was my departure for the Appalachian Trail. It was another life-changing experience for me. It was one of the most difficult things I've ever done, and while it didn't end the way I hoped, it taught me a lot about myself. The support that I received from friends, family and strangers gave me a lot of strength.
When I returned from the trail, it was to the welcoming arms of my friends and family, which made the transition back to "normal" life much easier. I was able to find work from the generosity of Brenden and Chris Hill at Crossroad Games, and then started a new career with the UPS Store, which I'm very thankful for. Rob and I got right back into the swing of things, starting this blog, and new events like Brews & Board Games.
We just returned from BGGCon, which was a great experience, and promises to bring some new opportunities for us in the future. We played a ton of games, and made some great connections with some potential new sponsors.
We have some irons in the fire still for this year, including our Chits & Bits Christmas Party. We hope that you'll come celebrate with us on December 14th at Sebago Brewing Company. The details are in the Facebook event here.
This year has brought many changes to my life, and for that I'm thankful. Gaming and Extra Life has enriched my life and I want to thank you for being part of it. I'm thankful for Michelle; for Rob and Mike, who are the driving force behind Chits & Bits; for Kate and Meaghan, our incredible reps from BBCH; for Stephanie, Michael, and the rest of the ELU crew; Dave B, Brenden, Chris and the rest of my friends at Crossroad Games. I'm thankful for my Mom and stepfather John, who have always been there when I needed them. I'm thankful for every single person reading this, for the support you've given us, and continue to give. I look forward to 2017 and what the future will bring.