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Thank You!!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 Strides Campaigns in Second Life. Together, we raised over $13,600 USD (a $5,000 increase over 2018) for the American Cancer Society, making this our biggest impact on breast cancer from Second Life. Read the full story at https://www.slacsinfo.com/news

Fight Breast Cancer with Strides Campaigns

Fight Breast Cancer with Strides Campaigns

It’s almost October – have you considered fighting breast cancer through your Second Life? The American Cancer Society is the global leader in the fight against all cancers, including breast cancer; and new fundraising tools are now available for anyone and everyone to show their support.

Fundraising tools are free and can be found on the Second Life Marketplace or by going to the Strides office on the American Cancer Society island.

The Strides Campaigns season is filling up with activities in several communities across the grid, but there can never be too many ways to fight breast cancer until we find the cure! Donations help fund initiatives including the Reach To Recovery program, a peer to peer program that matches trained breast cancer survivors with those recently diagnosed; raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and screenings; and funding research for better treatments and earlier diagnosis.

Therefore, we’re inviting as many communities across Second Life to take action now!

If you would like to plan your own breast cancer fundraiser, you’re encouraged to work within your community or group in Second Life to organize your own Strides Campaign. Make sure to let the American Cancer Society know about it by completing the ACS Calendar Event Submission Form so we can share it with others.

All Strides Campaigns must use the official Strides fundraising tools that are provided by the American Cancer Society. Fundraising campaigns may include events, hunts, shows, sales, or simply putting out a donation kiosk at your club or store throughout the month of October.

If you want to fight breast cancer, but aren’t able to organize your own campaign, you can get involved with existing campaigns listed in the ACS in SL Events Calendar.

There’s also plenty of ways to get involved in events throughout the month. Check out the events below:

KEY STRIDES DATES

Out Shop Breast Cancer:

Starting Oct. 1 and running the entire month, this event will take shoppers across the grid, exploring and shopping at stores in support of Strides. Store-owners will use American Cancer Society breast cancer vendor kiosks to feature special products in their stores. A directory of participating stores will be available at the Strides office on ACS Island as well as on the Making Strides Second Life website at https://makingstridessecondlife.org.

Pink Powerfest
Oct. 19 to Oct. 26:

Pink Power Fest is an 8-day event that runs from Oct. 19 to Oct. 26. Kicking off the Fest will be the 5th Annual Strides Walk-a-thon. Each day after the kick off will have scheduled events to celebrate the power of pink, as in pink ribbon & the fight against Breast Cancer.  Entertainment will include Live Performers, Tribute Bands and DJs from across the grid, all hosted by volunteer hosts & hostesses. There will be Raffles, Gachas, & Vendors around the Fest as well with all donations & proceeds going to the American Cancer Society fight against Breast Cancer. Capping the Fest will be the Harvest of Hope Gala on Oct. 26, honoring all Survivors & Caregivers, and remembering those we have lost. Everyone is invited to attend.

5th Annual Strides Walk-a-thon

Oct.19

10 a.m. – 6 p.m. SLT

It’s that time again to put your best foot forward. It’s time to register for the 5th Annual Strides Walk-a-thon. This year’s walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 19 and be Pink Power Fest. Walkers will start the official laps at 10 am. They will be able to walk as many lap as they can until 6p.m. SLT.  For more information or to get involved, visit https://makingstridessecondlife.org/strides-walk-2019/

5th Annual Breast Cancer Survivors & Caregivers Honor Ball
Oct. 26
Noon to 6 p.m. SLT

The annual gala event will be noon to 6 p.m. SLT on Oct. 26 and celebrate breast cancer patients, survivors and pay homage to loved ones that are no longer with us. This is a chance to meet new people,  reconnect with old friends, and share stories with others about your personal connection to breast cancer. This is a formal attire event with special live performances. Donations are encouraged throughout the event.

Do you want to hold a fundraising event for Strides? It’s easy and fun to get involved! For more information on guidelines for the event, visit https://makingstridessecondlife.org/fundraising/

 

National Cancer Survivors Day Garden Party

It’s a Semi Formal Garden Party to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day!
 
Join us, Sunday, June 2, 2019 starting at 1pm slt for a day fill of music and celebration.
 
**Starting us off:
1pm slt – Marqs DeSade performing live!
 
Marqs DeSade’s strong, pure and deeply sensuous voice takes command and draws his audience into the stories and emotions of his songs. His music is influenced by the classic rock of The Beatles, CCR, Eagles and various other talented artists forming his eclectic style. Marqs covers an impressive list of songs and always delights his audience.
 
**Followed by:
1pm slt – Austin Moores live!
 
Austin Moores was raised in music from an early age and has performed in bands and orchestras. He has played guitar, brass instruments and flute. He spends his time now with mostly vocals. In RL he took a 15 year break from music and has recently started performing in the virtual worlds. He does crooning, country, and pop. While he enjoys those genres, he loves doing Neil Diamond.
 
** A Special Relay Rap Live Talk Show at 3:30pm slt is next
Cancer Survivors Trader Whiplash & Sandie Slate will be joined by members of the ACS Cancer Survivor Network who will share their stories and how the support group helps them with the day to day issues of living with cancer.
 
**Wrapping up the day :
The Time Machine – with Trader Whiplash. 5 – 7pm slt
 
Dance to the magical sounds of the 60’s as Trader takes us on a special journey through time. Dance in the garden with friends for a musical ending to a beautiful day.
 
**** HOPE GROWS HERE GARDEN ***
Survivors are invited to bring a SMALL (5 pim max) flower to plant in the Hope Grows Here Garden. A small plot of land has been tilled and is ready to grow Hope. Simply plant your flower, and set it for sale to $0. We will purchase the flower and it will always stay in the garden if we ever need to move it.
FLOWER MUST BE TRANSFERABLE

Out Shop Cancer and Strides Parade of Homes Returns for 2019

Do you know someone who has fought breast cancer? Have you ever wanted to do something about it? Do you believe that we should commit ourselves to creating a world where our children don’t have to go through the same experiences as we have?

The American Cancer Society gives us the best chance to make a meaningful difference in finding treatment options, early detection, and the prevention of breast cancer. You are invited to be a part of our community of breast cancer warriors in Second Life. October is commonly known as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month;” therefore, each October, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life offers multiple opportunities for a wide variety of avatars to use their Second Life to make a real difference in the lives of people around the world.

In order to make the biggest impact, we are opening registration for our two month-long events, the Parade of Homes & the Out Shop Cancer shopping extravaganza! Event organizers urge builders, creators, and store-owners to sign up now if you want be a part of the grid’s most-successful, longest-running, and farthest-reaching effort to fight breast cancer in October.

Out Shop Cancer
Out Shop Cancer is a grid-wide shopping event that brings avatars to participating merchant stores. Merchants designate specific items that will be sold as a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer programs and services.

Last year, more than 40 stores participated in this event. Our goal for 2019 is to have 50 designers and merchants involved in this breast cancer event. Sandie Slate is one of the Event Leads and plans to welcome a variety of designers to represent the diversity of avatars in Second Life. “Because breast cancer is the 2nd most diagnosed cancer, and because Second Life gives us the opportunity to explore so many different forms of expression, we are planning a shopping experience that will offer something to as many types of avatars as possible. This means that we need a cross-section of designers and creators to represent fashion, hair, accessories, skins/shapes, A/Os, recreation, art, and anything else that would interest men, women, children, and non-human avatars in Second Life.”

Essentially, if you create and sell anything in Second Life and you want to support the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer program, you should apply now to reserve your spot. For more information, check out the Out Shop Cancer Info page at makingstridessecondlife.org.

Parade of Homes
The Parade of Homes is a unique event that gives avatars the chance to explore a wide variety of homes and/or stores that sell products to turn your Second Life house into a home. The ‘parade’ is an open-house style event where avatars can teleport directly to each of the houses that are in the Parade of Homes showcase. All of the houses on the tour are for sale, where proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life.

The 2019 event will be the second Parade of Homes in Second Life. In addition to houses, the event is open to all builders, creators, and designers in the Home and Living aspects of Second Life. One of the Event Leads, Leala Spire, is focused on connecting established and new builders with avatars who are interested in making a home for themselves in Second Life. “The Parade of Homes is a great platform for designers of homes and home-related products to get discovered by a wide audience while supporting the American Cancer Society. This means a lot because if you or someone you know has survived breast cancer, the American Cancer Society played a role in that.”

Builders, creators, designers, and merchants in the home industry of Second Life are encouraged to apply now to be involved in the 2019 Parade of Homes of Second Life. For more information, visit the Parade of Homes page of makingstridessecondlife.org.

To learn more about both of these events and the overall Making Strides Against Breast Cancer program, contact Sandie Slate or Leala Spire in Second Life.

 

Strides Meet & Greet Party

You’re invited to join us for our Meet & Greet party as we get ready to kick off the 2018 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life season!

Sunday, September 30, 2018
1pm – 3pm slt
On the grounds outside the Making Strides office
Event SLurl:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society/194/206/2

Entertainment provided by Trader Whiplash of T1 Radio with special guests from the 2018 Making Strides Planning Committee.

Explore the Making Strides office where we have a special interactive display set up for you to learn about breast cancer provided by Kaiila Mahoney.

Learn about upcoming events, pick up your MSABC fundraising tools and much more!

One of a kind luxury house/club to be auctioned for MSABC in SL

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The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life is pleased to present an ultimate luxury home for auction, with all of the proceeds going toward raising funds for breast cancer research.

“We are thrilled that a top designer has chosen to come alongside MSABC to help us make a difference with this unique opportunity,” says Leala Spire, Strides co-lead. “The quality of the build is exquisite. One lucky homeowner will have an ultimate luxury retreat that includes everything, even down to potholders in the kitchen.”

AXL Pro Design has donated their Technozen Acqua House Furnished Easy, priced at L$79,999, for the auction. Creator Slash Hansome has put everything you could possibly think of when it comes to luxe living in this house and club, and Spire encourages shoppers to explore the house, which will be on display starting on Oct 1.

With a footprint of 128 meters by 128 meters and 4,899 prim, the one-of-a-kind modernist home boasts 93 adult menus, which means there are thousands of possible adult animations.

This new Japanese-inspired house has 4 bedrooms, a bar and lounge, private cinema, jacuzzi room, sauna, gym, three lounges, a kitchen, dining room, office, billiard lounge, a garage, two living rooms, balconies, an elevator and a piano lounge — all with adult animations. This house has it all, even down to a security camera system, dishes in the cupboard and fully stocked refrigerators and bars! And, for the bold of spirit, there are even two secret rooms waiting to be found.

The outside is completely landscaped and features an adult swimming pool, dock, gardens, patio, parking, a club and helipad. You can even take a walk along its cliff side and discover a natural trail and scenic overlook. For a sneak preview, check out the photo gallery of the house on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/gp/160579805@N03/vsX30s

You can tour this house starting Oct. 1 through Oct 26. on the Parade of Homes Tour.  Tour HUDs will be available at the Strides office, located on American Cancer Society Island starting Oct. 1: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/American%20Cancer%20Society/192/197/23

While touring the home, get your landmark and details on the Auction Party being held on Friday, Oct. 26 and all the info on how you can place your bid.

If you have any questions about the auction or MSABC please contact Leala Spire or Sandie Loxingly.

American Cancer Society in Second Life Preparing to Attack Breast Cancer Like Never Before

Hey, Let’s talk numbers for a minute….

I want you to imagine the Rose Bowl stadium, AT&T Stadium, and the Los Angeles Coliseum, all filled with people…

Now realize that this represents all of the people who will be diagnosed with breast cancer…in this year.  That’s 270,000 men and women.

The good news is that we have the power to change the numbers by getting involved with the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life right now! The Strides series of events will feature 5 different ways that you can use your Second Life to fight breast cancer.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk-A-Thon
October 20, 10am – 6pm SLT
SLURL (coming soon)
Walker registration for this event will open on September 15, 2018. Sponsorship registration will open on September 16. Sign up at makingstridessecondlife.org and collect pledges from your friends and family both in and outside of Second Life. We’ll help you track how many laps around the pink-ribbon track your avatar can make, and then you go and collect all those pledges from your supporters! Awards will be presented for Top fundraiser, most laps completed, most sponsors (pledges), and Overall Top Walker. Get the full details about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk-A-Thon here.

Out-Shop Breast Cancer
10/1/18 – 10/31/18
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – American Cancer Society
This is not just about fashion, this is about Everything! If you have a store in Second Life, and you are interested in fighting breast cancer – this event is about as easy as it can get. Store-owners will use American Cancer Society breast cancer vendor kiosks to feature special products in their stores. Shoppers will make their strides across Second Life by teleporting from store to store with the Out-Shop Cancer HUD.

Get your shopping HUD at the American Cancer Society Island, then visit the variety of stores who have committed to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The more you buy, the more impact we have together. For more information, get the full details about the Out Shop Cancer event.

Parade of Homes
10/1/18 – 10/31/18
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – American Cancer Society
If you’re a home builder, designer/creator, or landscaper who wants to use your skills to fight breast cancer, this is the event for you! The Parade of Homes will bring shoppers to your store, where you’ll offer a limited edition home through a special vendor kiosk where proceeds will go directly to the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer program.

Shoppers & home buyers can pick up a Parade of Homes HUD, which will bring them to each store where they can shop and make donations! This is a perfect opportunity to discover some of the great home designers in Second Life, get your new home, and fight breast cancer – all at the same time. The parade of homes will conclude with a special live auction for a L$90,000 dream home, donated by Slash Hansome, owner of AXL pro.

If you’re interested in donating a home or shopping, visit the Parade of Homes page for full details.

Breast Cancer Gala
10/27/18 from 2pm-5pm SLT
SLURL (coming soon)
The annual gala event will celebrate breast cancer patients, survivors, and pay homage to loved ones that are no longer with us. This is a chance to meet new people,  reconnect with old friends, and share stories with others about your personal connection to breast cancer. This is a formal attire event with special live performances. Donations are encouraged throughout the event.

Photos For A Cure
Accepting Submissions from 9/1/18 – 9/30/18
Submit Photos at  www.flickr.com/groups/makingstrideswalk-secondlife
SKYY Games is proudly sponsoring this annual breast cancer photo contest where all photographers in Second Life are invited to share your artistic talents by submitting a photo that you feel best reflects the theme, “The Rack Pack.”  A L$10,000 prize will be awarded to the top photo. Additional prizes for 2nd and 3rd place will also be awarded. For contest rules, timeline, and full details, visit the Photos For A Cure on the Making Strides website.

Participate in an Event, purchase an item whose proceeds go to Strides, make a donation to a Strides Kiosk or at makingstridessecondlife.org.  For information on any of these breast cancer events, contact Leala Spire or Sandie Loxingly in Second Life.