Extra Life 2013: Why I Extra Life

Sometime around 1 AM Wednesday morning, my dog had a severe allergic reaction to some unknown substance. She looked like she was having a seizure at first, then later as though she had ingested large amounts of speed. It was incredibly scary.

But, despite being freaked out, I wasn't scared.

Because we immediately planned on bringing her to the 24 hour veterinary clinic and I knew she would be well taken care of by the doctors there. They would diagnose her, figure out the issue and prescribe appropriate measures of care. So, I wasn't scared. I was relieved. I was happy we had access to such great care for her.

That's why I do Extra Life. Not because of my dog, no, but because I want those who have children and those planning on having children to know that, even in the worst of circumstances, there's a place children can go to be taken care of, places specifically designed to fit their wants and needs.

Places like the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, for which I've raised over $2,000 the last few years. I know that, should the situation arise, they'll be available for me and my family in the coming years. And I want to do everything in my power to ensure that continues to be the case.

So, thank you all who supported my endeavor as I launch into this 25 hour marathon. I'm more than humbled at the great feedback and love I've received.

If you still haven't donated and would like to, please visit my donation page here: http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=46082

Also, if you're on Instagram, I'll be posting hourly pictures of my progress. So go check that out.

See you on the other side!