INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 30, 2014)-- Game lovers of all kinds can take part in Extra Life game day to benefit Riley Hospital for Children.
Extra Life Game Day will be held on Saturday to benefit the hospital, which is a member of Children's Miracle Networking Hospitals.
Local celebrities IndyCar driver Ed Carpenter, NHRA driver Tommy Johnson Jr., Indiana Pacers mascot Boomer and Indy Eleven soccer players participated in an event Tuesday at the Riley Hospital for Children to raise awareness for Extra Life game day.
Carpenter raced next to his new friend, Kadyn.
"We are going to have some fun and play some video games. Hopefully, he doesn`t beat me too bad. Yeah!," said Carpenter.
Add Kadyn Hogg, "Everyone is taking time out of their schedule to take care of the kids at Riley hospital."
During “Extra Life” in 2013, 515 gamers across Indiana raised more than $40,000 for Riley Hospital for Children. Since 2008, tens of thousands of participants have raised more than $8 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Josh and Jennifer Turner from Columbus brought their family to game day on Tuesday. Seven year old Kayden is also fighting leukemia.
"You can play cards, characters board games, long darts it is open to every kind of gamer and do what ever you want," explained Oliver Wojtynn.
The grassroots gaming experience lets gamers register for free here, select their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (Riley Hospital for Children), establish a fundraising goal and seek donations from friends and family.
"It is an easy and fun way to be involved. You do something you would normally do anyway, playing video games," said Ed Carpenter.