September 15, 2005

Contact: Angela Heisel (505) 272-3651

Jenny Savage (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Instead of the usual boasts of successful passage through fiery dungeons and looming monsters, video game enthusiasts across New Mexico will have the unique opportunity to boast about the money they are raising for sick children. On October 8-9, young adults are invited to participate in a 36-hour video game marathon to benefit the Children's Miracle Network at UNM Children's Hospital.

The marathon, Extra Life For Kids (ELFK), will be held from 9 a.m. on October 8 through 9 p.m. on October 9 in the physical science laboratory at New Mexico State University . Interested participants over the age of 17 are expected to collect sponsorships from individuals, departments or groups prior to the event.

"I never thought I could channel my love of gaming into something so worthwhile," said Patrick McDougle, a graduate student at NMSU who is leading the marathon for a second year. "The marathon is lot of fun and at the end of those 36 long hours, it feels great to hand the check over to the hospital."

Interested gamers should bring their own equipment. To sign up or receive additional information, contact Patrick McDougle atpdougle@cs.nmsu.eduor visit the associated websitehttp://www.cs.nmsu.edu/~pdougle/ELFK/

UNM Children's Hospital of New Mexico provides the most advanced neonatology and pediatric care available in New Mexico . Care ranges from ambulatory care outpatient clinics to inpatient units providing the highest levels of intensive care hospitalization. Each year UNM Children's Hospital of New Mexico cares for nearly 40,000 children, more than 50 percent of whom live outside of the Albuquerque area.