Merch Alert!

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are offering limited-edition hoodies, t-shirts, and tote bags!

We’ve set up a collection through Custom Ink. But act fast—these items disappear on Friday, November 23! While you’re there, you can also add an additional donation to your purchase.

If you don’t want some of this super-stylish swag (for some weird reason), you can always make a direct donation here.

The First Decade

The first Nick’s Marathon started ten years ago today. Before our tenth event kicks off on November 9, here’s a look back at the first decade of Nick’s Marathon.

Ten Years of Nick’s Marathon

On October 24, 2008, we started our very first Nick’s Marathon. We’ve come a long way since then—raising tens of thousands of dollars for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island and other organizations that improve the lives of sick children.

Ten years later, we still miss Nick terribly, but we’re keeping our commitment to keep his memory alive. Our 10th anniversary logo, designed with love by Nick’s sister, Tara Capobianco, is a symbol of what we’ve accomplished so far and our promise to keep moving forward.

We’ve got a lot of fun things planned this year as we celebrate this milestone… stay tuned for more details!

Nick’s Marathon 2017 Will Take Place On…

Here we go again!

We have officially set the date of the next Nick’s Marathon: we will kick things off on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8pm, and continue through 8pm on Sunday, November 12th.

As always, we will spend those 48 hours playing a variety of video games, all live-streamed on nicksmarathon.org. Visitors to the site are encouraged to watch us, chat with us, and donate to our cause.

This year, we are continuing to raise money to buy video games and handheld systems for the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. RMH-LI is expanding, and the games we give to their locations serve as a welcome and much-needed distraction for families going through incredibly difficult times.

If you don’t want to wait until November 10, you can certainly make a tax-deductible donation right now.

What will we be playing at Nick’s Marathon 2017? We’ll mix it up with older and new games, but expect to see some 16-bit favorites courtesy of the SNES Classic Edition, and the newest Mario title, Super Mario Odyssey.

We’ll have more announcements about this year’s Marathon soon, so stay tuned!

What We’re Raising Money For in 2016

As you may already know, one of the main focuses of our fundraising efforts is to support the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Why? Because when Nick was just seven years old, he participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony there when the House first opened its doors. Now, their playroom bears a plaque with his name.

The systems, controllers, accessories, and games were donated to RMHLI by Nick’s Marathon in 2013. In the years since, we have continued to make sure that the House has the very latest games. New controllers. The most recent Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and amiibo figures. We believe that any children who stay at the Ronald McDonald House shouldn’t just have any old video games; they should have access to the newest releases, the must-haves, the games that they really want.

This year, we will be especially focused on buying the Ronald McDonald House new handheld systems, namely those in the Nintendo 3DS family.

We’ve talked to people who work at the House, and we’ve heard that many children really enjoy having the portable systems. Sometimes it’s because they have compromised immune systems, and they can’t play in a large room with other kids, so they need something they can play alone. Other children don’t necessarily have to be alone, they just prefer some peace and quiet. Other kids have to go to the hospital for long, boring stretches, and having access to a 3DS can make the time go much faster.

We’ve already donated many handhelds to the House over the years, but after hearing just how important they are to the children who stay there, we have decided that this year, a bulk of our proceeds will go towards buying new handhelds and games. We never want a child at the House to be hoping to play a game like Super Mario 3D Land or Animal Crossing or Pokémon Sun/Moon and not be able to because other kids are using the only other handhelds.

In order to make that happen, we need your help. Make a tax-deductible donation today, and help us give the children staying at Ronald McDonald House access to the portable game systems that make them smile when they need it the most.

Nick’s Marathon 2016 Starts Tonight!

Watch live video from nicksmarathon2 on www.twitch.tv

Starting at 8pm ET tonight – Friday, December 2nd! We’ll once again play 48 consecutive hours of video-games as we raise money for young children in need.

This year, you have two ways to support our cause. You can:

  • Make a tax-deductible donation here, or
  • You can buy raffle tickets and have a shot at winning one of five NES Classic Edition systems!
Either way, you’ll be making a positive impact on the lives of children and families in crisis.

Thank you for your continued support, and we’ll have more information as we get closer to December 2nd!

The NM Super Pool is Back!

***UPDATE: We are regrettably canceling this year’s Super Bowl pool. Instead of buying a box, we hope you will choose to make a tax-deductible donation instead.

The Big Game is almost here, and we are once again hosting our annual Super pool!

It works like a standard office pool, only everything is online. Each box costs $10, and you can buy as many as you want.  Just use the PayPal button below to pay for your boxes, and then we’ll email you the password so you can make your picks.

Before the big game, numbers will be randomly assigned to the grid. You win when your numbers are the last digits of the scores at the end of each quarter. Half of all the money we raise goes directly to our charity, so here’s how the payouts work:

$500 goes to Nick’s Marathon
$300 goes to the Final Score
$100 goes to the Halftime Score
$50 each go the scores at the end of the 1st and 3rd Quarters

That means you could win up to $500 (if your numbers come up on all 4 quarters!), all while supporting a great cause. It’s win-win!

Good luck, everyone!

*Please note that the purchase of these boxes is not tax-deductible.

Announcing Even More Support for the Ronald McDonald House!

As in years past, the 2015 Nick’s Marathon will raise money to provide new video-games and accessories to The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. But for the first time, not only will we be providing these games to the House in New Hyde Park, but also to the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital!

The Family Room in Stony Brook is relatively new, having just opened in 2013. This special area is located right inside Suffolk County’s only children’s hospital, and it provides an area of respite for the families of children undergoing medical care. It features many of the amenities of home, including a television, fully-stocked fridge, laundry, and even a private bathroom with a shower. The one thing it doesn’t have, however, is video-games.

But that will change this year! Nick’s Marathon has committed to providing the room with a new Nintendo WiiU console, controllers, and games. We are also hoping to provide them with several 3DS handheld systems that can be used in and outside of the Family Room.

Video-games provide sick children and their families a way to temporarily escape their health problems and focus on something much more enjoyable. Nick understood this all to well, regularly turning to games as he recovered from his various cancer treatments. Now, with your support, even more families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island will be able to play a variety of fun new games.

To donate, please click here.

And you can read more about Nick’s special connection to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island here.

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Save the Date for Karaoke!

We are just two weeks away from the kick-off of Nick’s Marathon, but we’ve got even more fun stuff planned! On Saturday, December 5th, join us at Keats Bar in New York City for a night of fun, fundraising, and KARAOKE!

(And be warned, many of us like to sing. Badly. Loudly. Repeatedly.)

Come and join us, and your $20 donation at the door goes directly to honoring the memory of a great friend and brightening the lives of sick children. There will be drink specials, good times, and lots of 80’s songs.

(Did we mention the karaoke?)

Hope to see you there!

 

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Stay Dry with Nick’s Marathon!

Want to show the world you support a great cause and stay dry in the rain? Then you need an official Nick’s Marathon umbrella!

The ONLY way to get one is to make a donation to Nick’s Marathon of $100 or more, so click here and make your tax-deductible donation now! And for the first time ever, we are now accepting donations through Venmo as well as PayPal.

We’re gearing up for this year’s Nick’s Marathon, and we’re aiming to make it the biggest and best event yet. Thanks for your support!

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