168-hour Mario Gaming Marathon Sweeps Across the Digital Universe for Children with Autism.

A group of energetic, video game loving philanthropists who call themselves TheSpeedGamers (www.thespeedgamers.com) are at hour 115 of a 168-hour Mario-game marathon and are set to raise over $50,000 for ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!). ACT Today! is a non profit organization with a mission to increase access to effective treatments for children with autism.

"These young gamers are absolutely amazing. Their generosity and passion combined is truly a testament to what a difference the younger generation is capable of making," says ACT Today!'s Executive Director Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson. This is the third marathon TheSpeedGamers have played to benefit ACT Today!. Last July, the gamers raised $50,735.00.

Just 115 hours into their week-long marathon, they have raised almost $20,000. Over 21,000 viewers from around the world are tuning in to watch real time action and make donations online.

“Gamers in general get a bad rap and are thought of as lazy and unproductive. This gaming marathon demonstrates that gamers have big hearts. Gaming is a passion all of us have, and playing for a great cause makes it all the more enjoyable, "says founder Britt LaRiviere.

TheSpeedGamers will end their week long fundraising campaign for ACT Today! on Friday at 6PM CST. However, the group will accept donations on behalf of ACT Today! online at www.thespeedgamers.com through Sunday, June 20, 2010.

For more information about ACT Today! and to make donations directly to the non-profit organization, visit www.act-today.org.

About TheSpeedGamers: TheSpeedGamers are based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, but have members from around the world. Recent college graduate, Britt LaRiviere, founded the group in 2008. TheSpeedGamers have raised more than $150,000 for various causes such as autism, breast cancer, lupus, among others.

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