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Why I Extra Life

This post was written by Extra Lifer playing for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. You can learn more about Extra Life at

Why do I Extra Life? Easy question:

This kid.

This is my little nephew, Jacob. Even though he is only seven, he has had to go to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH frequently due to his multiple diagnoses such as neurofibromatosis, neuromuscular scoliosis, EDS – Ehlers Danos Syndrome, mitochondrial disorder, congenital muscular dystrophy, bulbar palsy, epilepsy, sensory disorders, iron deficiency, as well as other diseases and syndromes of the nervous and muscular system. Yet here he is, all smiles. He is an inspiration to me, and watching him fight through everything makes me an extremely proud uncle. I know how much Nationwide Children’s Hospital has helped him and my sister, so I want to give back work and energy to make sure they can help more families that need it.

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