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Ways to Help Wednesday

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Get Involved

During this month we have talked about several ways you can help and make a difference.

Ways to Help Wednesday 10/3

Ways to Help Wednesday 10/10

Ways to Help Wednesday 10/17

Today let’s talk about what you can do IN WORLD!!  Sure making a donation is wonderful and every linden counts.  Sponsoring an Event or Walker is also a great way to help as well.  Let’s take a few and focus on ways in-world to… VOLUNTEER!

Just like most things in life one of the best gifts you can give is Yourself.  Give your time and skills.  Don’t get me wrong your online donations or lindens in a kiosk are GREAT! We appreciate every single linden and thank you all.   Just think for a moment though, did you know in donating your time to plan an event, hosting, djing, or using skills you may have in writing, taking part in social media, blogging, creating items, or even using photoshop, can more than double or triple a donation?  You giving of yourself by being part of the MSABC Volunteer group and sharing information and events with friends can help as well. Volunteering for the Strides Committee can produce thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of linden donations in kiosks all over Second Life.

Our theme for the Strides Walks in SL is “Everyone leaves footprints, make yours count”.  The same is true with your second life.  We all come in to relax and have fun.  We make great friends.  Wouldn’t you like to know that even in your “downtime”, relaxing, and play around that you made it count?

When you participate in a Making Strides in Real Life or Second Life, you’re helping to fund breast cancer research and give patients the things they need now: free rides to chemo, free places to stay near treatment, and a live 24/7 cancer helpline for answers and support.  You may never know the names or see the faces of the ones you have helped but if you talk to Survivors and Caregivers in Second Life who have used these wonderful programs, you will get a sense of the difference you help make.

In the next couple weeks, the Strides leaders will be asking for volunteers for next year.  Please consider responding to that search for individuals and help make next year’s Strides bigger and better than ever.

Raffles Raffles Raffles

raffle-ticketsCome one Come all and get your tickets!!!!  Raffle tickets, that is!!!  There are seven raffles going on right now.  All the raffles will end on Sunday, October 28th at 4:30 pm slt.   Here are the items for Raffle but see pictures and get more information see our Raffle page for more details:

  • Getaway for Two at a resort
  • Private Dining for Two
  • Stone Cottage
  • 4 *RARE* gacha items from various gachas

Ways to Help Wednesday

Road to Recovery

One of the biggest roadblocks to timely quality cancer treatment is the lack of transportation. Family and friends may help but over the course of several months,
they may not always have the time or resources to provide every ride. That’s why the American Cancer Society started the Road To Recovery® program. It is at the very heart of our work of removing barriers to quality health care by providing patients with transportation to treatment and other cancer-related appointments through volunteer drivers, partners, and community organizations.

If you are curious how you can get involved with this program, it’s easy to learn more.  Just click here…  https://www.cancer.org/involved/volunteer/road-to-recovery.html

As a cancer patient, are you wondering how you might be able to get a ride???

How does the program work?

Depending on your individual needs and what’s available in your area, we will:

  • Coordinate a ride with an American Cancer Society volunteer driver
  • Coordinate a ride with a local organization that has partnered with us to provide transportation
  • Refer you to a local resource you can contact for help

Am I eligible?

Patients must be traveling to a cancer-related medical appointment.

Other eligibility requirements may apply. For example, a caregiver may need to accompany a patient who cannot walk without help or is under age 18. Contact us to find out what is available in your area, and what the specific requirements are.

It can take several business days to coordinate your ride, so please call us at 1-800-227-2345 well in advance of your appointment date.

 

 

Co-Leads Go Shopping

Sandie and Leala hit the hud recently and then had fun sharing their finds in photos.  They are posted on the Strides Flickr page and I’m sure there will be more to come from other members of the committee, but here is a sneak peek.  Go to our Flickr page to find out all the details on the outfits.

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Ways to Help Wednesday

Cancer affects both you and your loved ones. Our information for caregivers at cancer.org/caregivers helps them care for you while also remembering
their own needs and shows them how to ask for help
and support. They can also visit csn.cancer.org for caregiver forums.  In-world, caregivers are encouraged to join ACS Caregivers Network.

Have you ever wonder who exactly is a caregiver?  By knowing who a caregiver is and what they do, you will be able to think of ways to help them in their role.  Many family members may not even realize they are caregivers.  Check out the role of a caregiver, not only close by but long distance and their roles at What is a cancer caregiver on cancer.org.

If you are not a caregiver but know of one, share this information.  Volunteer to help the caregiver.  You offering to do small routine things can help a caregiver in huge ways.  For example, Volunteer to come in a couple days a week and help with the household chores.  Consider making dinner for the caregiver’s family one night.  Ask if there is anything you can pick up for them when you make your grocery run.   For long distant caregivers, be a listening ear or a fun break.  You can help just by letting them know you are there.

Ways to Help Wednesday

If you or someone you know have gone through chemo treatments or surgery and are looking for special products, check out ACS’s “tlc” (Tender Loving Care) publication offering
affordable hair loss and mastectomy products, as well
as, advice on how to use them. Products include wigs,
hairpieces, hats, turbans, breast forms, mastectomy bras,
mastectomy camisoles, and mastectomy swimwear.
Call 1-800-850-9445, or visit the “tlc” website at
tlcdirect.org to order products or catalogs.