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 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 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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