Heyo! So it's Extra Life weekend and the stream is going great! It's only 10:30 (9:30 Texas Time) and the donations counter is already at 200K!!!! That's amazing! At this rate we will reach our goals in no time! So as the title says, Extra Life has a special importance to me. So let me start off by telling you all an interesting fact about me. It's one that I will be able to carry with me through my whole life and it is probably the most special thing that will ever happen to me. I am a triplet. I was born with two brothers on June 13th, 2002. The three of us have been close since day one. We have done everything together. My two brothers are identical twins while I am their fraternal tag-along as I like to say. I'm more of the creative one while they are all athletic and stuff. Our personalities couldn't be more different but we love each other all the same.
So when we were born, we were born prematurely (as are most sets of multiples) and this meant that we were going to have problems, either then or later in life. Sure enough we did. I was the incubator baby and the doctor told my mom I might not live. But I did (obviously) and so did my siblings. But when we all were about 2, tragedy struck my family. My brother Brady was diagnosed with hydrocephalus (Here's a link to the wikipedia page for more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrocephalus ) and his life was forever changed. As just two years old, barely able to walk, Brady was rushed to the ER for an emergency brain surgery. They gave him something called shunt, which to dumb it down alot is like a bionic bendy straw that goes from his brain to his stomach. The doctors told him that depending on how much damage was done he could develop learning difficulties, and sports were all but out of the question. 14 years later my brother is a starting point guard and avid swimmer, and is top of his class. If it wasn't for the incredible doctors and nurses who took care of him he would not be here today (oooff I'm getting emotional). He has had 4 other repair surgeries since and every one has been a success.
Carrying this part of my life has made me care passionately about helping out hospitals and kids in need as much as physically possible. Charity streams like this are extremely important to me and I participate in this one specifically every year! It means alot to me because I know what those families are going through and how much this kind of thing really does help.
So yeah! That's my little extra life story. Hope to see a lot of participation this year and I hope we reach all of our goals.