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Video game marathon raises $170K to help hospitalized kids

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YPSILANTI, MI (AP) -

A 24-hour video game marathon at Eastern Michigan University raised more than $170,000 to benefit hospitalized children.

"Gamers for Giving" took place March 12-13 at the Ypsilanti school's Convocation Center to support the nonprofit Gamers Outreach Foundation.

Participants got a chance to win a number of cash prizes. Money raised during the event goes toward building game carts, called "GO Karts," that are designed to be taken to the room of a hospitalized child so they can play, chat online or watch a movie.

Gamers for Giving began eight years ago, founded by a group of Michigan high school students. Zach Wigal, a founder of Gamers Outreach, is an Eastern Michigan alumnus. He says in a statement those involved were "inspired by the tremendous amount of support."

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