A lot of people try to argue that playing video games is a waste of time. Well, whether you believe that or not, it’s what you should be doing at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will launch its 24-hour video game fundraising marathon called Extra Life.

The event commemorates the life of Victoria Enmon, a 15-year-old girl who has a passion for gaming during her battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are asking participants to raise money by finding a minimum of four sponsors. Each sponsor will donate at least $1 for each hour of the marathon, totaling to $24.

Extra Life encourages gamers to take breaks throughout the marathon. If gamers can’t play the entire marathon, they are allowed to make up the time before the official launch of after the 24-hour mark. Saving lives is made easy as participants can play whatever game from wherever they want, even in their own home or by phone.

And if the marathon isn’t enough, Xbox 360 is providing another opportunity. On Saturday Oct. 1 Xbox 360 will be hosting its Gaming and Giving for Good (G3) to benefit Extra Life by involving more participants.

All participants who register at Xbox.com/g3 will win a free Xbox LIVE Gold Membership for the weekend to play any game they choose. All donations will go to each participant’s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

For more info to participate in this awesome charitable marathon, visit extralifeforkids.com or CMNHospitals.org.