Lexington, SC (WLTX) -- More than 50 gamers come together for "Extra Life" to raise money for Palmetto Children's Hospital.
"When a child comes to the hospital, gaming is really one of those things that really makes them feel at home and lifts their spirits," Wesley Shaw with Palmetto Children's Hospital said.
Dungeons and Dragons can't cure sick kids, but it sure can help fundraise for them.
"There's still time for everybody to pledge money toward those that they know are participating, pledge money to SCARAB's team," Shaw said.
The South Carolina Roleplayers and Board Gamers (SCARAB) is helping the Palmetto Children's Hospital by doing what they love.
Xander Polkowsky is very familiar with being confined to a hospital bed.
"I was only 4-years-old, I did not know that was going to happen," Xander said.
"He's been there on four different occasions because of those complications and the staff is really great," Xander's mom Alisha Polkowsky said. "They do bring in games for us and when we are not so sick we get to go out into the play room well."
Xander and his mom said games help make their stay much easier.
"If I don't play games I'd be all tired and sleepy and bored," Xander said.
"For him it's like a sense of normalcy. Something that he's not just confined to a bed, it lets him come out and meet the other children," Polkowsky said.
SCARAB said it's a great fundraiser for the community and brings awareness about how gaming helps kids in hospitals.
"We thought it was a great opportunity to come out, share the love of gaming, help out children in need and just have a day of fun," Polkowsky said.
To learn more about extra life, go to www.extra-life.org.