Four years ago a group of friends decided to use their love of gaming to do some good. Inspired by others like the Desert Bus for Hope (https://desertbus.org/) and Child's Play Charity (http://childsplaycharity.org/) our group of gamers organized an annual event, lovingly called Cheat Codes for Charity. Over the last 4 years we have partnered with both Child's Play Charity and Extra Life to raise money for children in hospitals. Helping to highlight how video games can be a positive light in a child's life as they go through a very rough time of their lives.
In our first three years, we helped raise over $5,000 in donations for both Child's Play and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This year our goal was to raise $2,000 during the annual Extra Life event for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This event asks that gamers spread awareness of the cause and play video games for 24 hours straight. These gamers will often stream their gaming sessions online so other's can watch, get involved, and contribute to the cause. This year we had around 30 gamers join us at HireVue headquarters in South Jordan, Utah. You'll find a lot of our streamed event available on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxN7h1TPEctGQXKHSLyJl9Q).
When we started this a lot of the group was just beginning to have kids. As time passed this event meant more for us, but for one of our members, Chris Romriell, it has become very close to his heart. For those of you that don't know, Chris' 2nd son Treyson was born over a month early and had some complications that brought him to the NICU at Primary Children's Hospital (a hospital inside the Children's Miracle Network). He spent the first 3 weeks of his life at PCMC and Treyson had gone through 6 surgeries (2 emergencies) as well as several other long stays up at Primary Children's. Treyson turned 4 a little over a month ago and Chris can't explain how much he appreciates the support HireVue and Primary Children's Hospital has given his family through the years.
We are very happy that we were able to raise these donations for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. When we received the below email from Extra Life when we had passed the $5000 mark, it really put it into perspective. "A chemotherapy treatment" or "heart monitor" singular. We can never give or raise enough, there is always more to do. There are always more children in need. So we hope you join us next year or find your own way to help the cause.