Extra Life 2020

October 14, 2020

One month from today I'll be participating in my SEVENTH Extra Life, a 24-hour gaming marathon supporting local children's hospitals. Last year we raised a record $5,120 for Lurie Children's Hospital here in Chicago. To date, thanks to the generosity of people like you, we've raised over $20,000 to help sick kids.

Extra Life is a charity that is dear to my heart. In 2014, my daughter Olivia was born prematurely and received treatment at Lurie. Sadly, she passed just after my first Extra Life. Since then I've continued to participate to honor her memory, along with my friends Bert and Alan.

Each year we seem to top the previous year's fundraising goal. This year will be especially challenging given the pandemic, but it also means that your help is needed more than ever. There are several ways you can help the cause:

Extra Life game day is normally the first Saturday in November, but I decided to do it a week later since the PlayStation 5 is coming out on the 12th. Look forward to checking out some next-gen games!

Thank you so much for your love and support as we continue to keep Olivia's memory alive through helping other sick children!

Extra Life 2020 - November 14th, 2020

I'm Mike Aparicio, Principal Design Systems Engineer at Turquoise Health. I'm interested in helping companies large and small improve collaboration between design and engineering through the use of design systems. I specialize in creating custom CSS frameworks that empower engineering teams to get from concept to production quickly, while writing little to no CSS themselves. I write about web design and development, video games, pop culture, and other things I find interesting. I live in the Chicago area with my wife, three sons, and a dog.

You can find me on most places on the Internet as @peruvianidol.

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