Mario Marathon Streams Games to Help Children in Hospitals




super_mario_bros.0Ever wish you could help kids with video games or streaming? Now you can. Mario Marathon kicks off today with their ninth marathon to raise funds for Child’s Play.

In total Mario Marathon has raised over $504,500 for Child’s Play. The more people donate the longer they have to play…

Childs PlayAbout Child’s Play

Since 2003, Child’s Play, a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children in our network of over 100 hospitals worldwide with toys and games. Over the years, Child’s Play has answered the call and come together to raise millions of dollars.

Child’s Play works in two ways. With the help of hospital staff, they set up gift wish lists of video games, toys, books, and other fun stuff for kids. By clicking on a hospital location on the map on their website, you can view that hospital’s wish list and send a gift.

Child’s Play also receives cash donations throughout the year. With those donations, they purchase new consoles, peripherals, and games for hospitals and therapy facilities. These donations allow children to enjoy age-appropriate entertainment, interact with their peers, friends, and family, and provide a vital distraction from an otherwise unpleasant experience.

Mario MarathonAbout Mario Marathon

Mario Marathon started in 2008 and over the years has raised a lot of money to help kids in hospitals:

  • 2014 Mario Marathon ($85,792 raised)
  • 2013 Mario Marathon ($67,817 raised)
  • 2012 Mario Marathon ($112,808 raised)
  • 2011 Mario Marathon ($112,675 raised)
  • 2010 Mario Marathon ($82,082 raised)
  • 2009 Mario Marathon ($29,082 raised)
  • 2008 Zelda Marathon ($2,477 raised)
  • 2008 Mario Marathon ($11,767 raised)

The marathon starts today at 11 am Eastern at, and you can watch it on a range of devices using the TWITCH app. Just search for MarioMarathon in the free TWITCH app to watch live.

As people donate more levels and games are unlocked for the Mario Marathon team to play. There is no set end date. The marathon will run until the donations end and the Mario Marathon beats all the levels people have paid for.


Donations are made directly to Child’s Play using a PayPal service called Instant Payment Notification to track the donations made during the event. Be sure to click the Donate Now! button to ensure that your donation is attributed to the Mario Marathon.

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