Group plays games for 25-hours straight to raise money for Children's Miracle Network

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - A group in Prestonsburg spent the weekend participating in a gaming marathon to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network.

Inside a house boat at the Jenny Wiley Marina, a group of self proclaimed gamers played different games for 25-hours straight.

John Blackburn says, "We've got a bunch of board games set up, some console games, and fishing is a game so we've been fishing a little...already caught a couple blue gill."

The team is participating in a worldwide gaming marathon called 'extra-life', last year the organization raised 2.3 million dollars.

Daniel Napier says, "100% of the donations we raise go directly to the hospital we choose."

This group, 'Team Pike', is playing for the Kentucky Children's Hospital

"We met a girl with Cystic Fibrosis who actually goes to UK Healthcare and gets treatment. It puts a face with who you are helping and it just makes it a little more special and to know that there are a bunch of sick kids out there that need help and if we are able to help out a little bit...it is pretty neat," says Blackburn.

Napier says, "I can't think of anything better to do than help kids by playing games... and that is the thing with extra-life...play games, heal kids."

A group of gamers using their passion for games to help kids heal.

'Team Pike' has raised more than $3,000.

For more information on the organization and how you can still donate, visit the link below and search for 'Team Pike'.


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