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Gaming for a cause

The last time I played a video game I became so involved that I burnt dinner, and my heart rate escalated because I couldn’t get away from the monsters in Doom. Then there was another game where the avatars yelled, “Medic!” when they were shot. Once games became a little more sophisticated (as in they required multiple keystrokes) my technologically challenged self had to hang up the game controller.

Many of you, on the other hand, have made the art of gaming your passion. Now you can put your gaming skills to good use.

On Oct. 20, gamers will be playing in a 24-hour video game marathon to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and helping kids in their own communities. Extra Life started in 2008 to raise money following the death of a young girl in Texas. Since that time the event has grown and has benefitted hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada.

All you have to do to join, is go to their website and register yourself, or join a team. You are able to choose which hospital you want the funds to benefit and then get your family and friends to sponsor you.

If you can’t commit to 24 hours of straight gaming then register now and start playing a few hours whenever you can. Keep track of your hours, obviously this is on the honor system. For those of you who spend your online hours playing Facebook games, those qualify so don’t let the lack of a gaming system keep you from joining in on the fun.

Remember, there are a lot of sick kids waiting for treatment at a hospital near you.


About Eileen Rivera

Eileen was born in The Bronx, to Puerto Rican parents. She grew up thinking the whole world was Latino. Moving to Rockland County in upstate New York taught her it wasn’t. One more move in 1976, brought her to Hudson County, New Jersey where she currently resides. She attended Rutgers-Newark where she majored in Social Work with a minor in Puerto Rican studies. Eileen credits her history professor, Dr. Olga Wagenheim, for the spark and impetus to search out her roots in a pre-computer era. The daughter of a minister, she credits her father for the activism, volunteerism and search for justice that have characterized her adult years.

The mother of two adult daughters, Eileen has worked in the Juvenile Justice system for twenty-eight years. She acts as a liaison between the Juvenile Detention Center and the Juvenile Court.

Writing was something she shared with family. Stories and songs for her children and Christmas tales for the extended family. She now shares her writing with a larger family, the Being Latino family.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. This is a great cause. BL gets it right once in awhile.

  2. No they get it right many times. SO HAPPY to see this cause getting the recognition they deserve!

  3. They rarely get it right since they are an organ, albeit a minor one of the DNC -Obama admin public relations talking points machine. It was refreshing to see this post, the post yesterday about alcoholism, or the Latino trail blazers series that doesn’t put Latinos in a perpetual crutch / handicap or blames Republicans for Latino problems like BL always does most of the time.

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