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‘Gaming for charity:’ Binary in West Allis hosts 25-hour marathon to raise money for children’s hospitals

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WEST ALLIS -- Several people got their game on for 25 hours straight to raise money for children's hospitals across the country. The event hit close to home for one gamer whose eyes were glued to the screen on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Max Bussiere

"I'm here to do 25 hours of gaming for charity," said Max Bussiere, Northwestern Mutual.

Bussiere clicked away during the first hour of a 25-hour "Extra Life" charity marathon. His reason for gaming Saturday went beyond a few clicks on a keyboard.

"It's amazing," said Bussiere. "It's a perfect program for someone like me, personally."

25-hour gaming marathon

25-hour gaming marathon

Bussiere was born with a rare genetic condition, having surgery the day he was born. He said Children's Wisconsin saved his life, and this was his opportunity to give back.

"Extra Life provides them games," said Bussiere. "They provide them with entertainment. They will even pay for equipment in chemotherapy as well."

Bussiere was one of many gamers pulling an all-nighter for a 25-hour marathon at Binary in West Allis.

25-hour gaming marathon

Daniel Baker

"Normally, it's 24 hours, but because daylight saving this year, it's 25-hour marathons across the country," said Daniel Baker, Binary owner.

The event raised money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada.

The gamers were well-prepared for a long night ahead with hundreds of options of games, including more than 450 board games to help gamers switch things up.

"We've got coffee," said Baker. "We've got energy drinks, whatever you need to keep yourself going."

If you want to donate to Extra Life, CLICK HERE.

25-hour gaming marathon

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