Local gamers play in 24-hour marathon to raise money for Children's Network Hospitals


St. Louis gamers are pulling an all-nighter this weekend in a 24-hour gaming marathon at The Den in downtown St. Louis.

The marathon is being put on to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

On Saturday, the gamers started playing board games and video games at 10 a.m.

“It is really special, a great cause to help Children’s Miracle Network to help children in need for all their medical treatments," said gamer Jonathan Thompson.

The event in St. Louis is part of a large scale national event – a gaming marathon put on by "Extra Life."

The goal is simple – raising money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Last year, over $70,000 was raised in St. Louis.

“It’s awesome to see the impact with all the gamers coming together like this ... the numbers can get pretty wild," said the organizer of the event.

The national event is expected to draw around 50,000 gamers playing to support the 170 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the U.S and Canada.

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