LANTZ: Travis Ashley’s love for video games is about to be a reward for the IWK Children’s Hospital.

The Lantz man will be among those around the world taking part in a 24-hour video game marathon through Extra Life where each participant is to play video games they have on their gaming systems for 24 hours straight. It’s a global fundraiser for local Children Miracle Hospitals and charities of their choice.

Ashley will be on a team that calls themselves Three Player Co-Op, and includes fellow players David Taylor; Colby Saunders; Stephen Meader; Susan Langille; and Brian Langille to name a few. So far they have raised $437 of their $1,000 goal, with Ashley leading with $164.

“I love gaming,” said Ashley as he played a game of Destiny 2 while talking. “I have about 80 games on the hard drive and I play all the time, whenever I can. So I said why not try it.”

Extra Life has been held on an autumn Saturday every year since 2008, tens of thousands of gamers have joined together to save the lives of local kids in a celebration of gaming culture that we call Extra Life. Originally designed as a 24-hour marathon of gaming, Extra Life has evolved to mean different things to different people (though most of our participants still attempt the marathon).

The proceeds from it stay where they’re raised to support children’s hospitals. Since 2008, those who participated have raised more than $30 million dollars—nine million of which was raised in 2016 alone.

Ashley said the Langille’s and Taylor have a podcast on every week which he listens to “religiously” about gaming.

“I heard them talk about the 24 hour gaming fundraiser, and the IWK is near and dear to me,” he said. “That’s who they are playing for as well. It’s not just a fundraiser for the IWK, but any children’s hospital around the world.”

Will he make the full 24 hours? He’s not too sure himself, as while he is off on Nov. 4 his wife works, meaning he will have kid duty. He is looking at doing it between 5 a.m. Nov. 4 and Nov. 5. He will have some Monster Energy beside him to help him through it.

“My son Noah is going to graciously help me, so between the two of us we’re going to do 24 hours,” said Ashley.

People can donate to Ashley by going to www.extra-life.org and putting Ashley’s name in the Search a Participant bar at the top right hand corner. He will be live-streaming on his Twitch account and on his Facebook page too.

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