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There’s Still Time!

There’s still time to be part of the 2019 Out Shop Cancer Shopping event!!

All designers from across the grid are invited to take part! And new for 2019 we have added a Marketplace component!!

For full details and to register, visit here.

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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.

 

Mynx Ballet Performs to Benefit Making Strides

Saturday, February 9, 2019
1:00 PM SLT

Once again the Mynx Dance Troupe presents a special dance perfomance to benefit the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Campaign.

Come join us on Saturday, February 9th at 1PM SLT for a special Ballet Medley. Dancers from the Mynx Dance Troupe will take you on a magical journey through 10 amazing ballets. This is a not to miss show!

SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SkyBeam%20Stowaway/174/92/1220

Navigating Through the Wilderness – Coping During the Holidays

As the holiday season gets into full swing we need to remember that cancer patients/ survivors and cancer caregivers need extra patience and care during this time of year.

If you are a current cancer patient or are a cancer survivor, having cancer any day of the year is never easy, but everything seems to get magnified during the holidays. If you need some tips on how to help you through the next few weeks, please visit http://bit.ly/2OWv8Od

For our caregivers the holidays also present their own set of joys and challenges. Caregivers get little time off and with the hustle & bustle of the holidays even the little things in life get stressful. If you are currently caregiving for someone this holiday season and need some tips to make things a bit easier, read this: http://bit.ly/2OZe2Q9

And then for all of us, but especially our caregivers who have given so much of themselves caring for their loved ones there is coping with the grief of lost loved ones during the holidays as we remember those we have lost. For some help coping with grief during the holidays, here are some references: http://bit.ly/2AbKnOa and http://bit.ly/2PK2xkD

For both cancer patients/ survivors and cancer caregivers, the American Cancer Society offers support in Second Life as well as in our first lives.

Inworld we have the ACS Cancer Survivors Network group for all cancer patients and survivors. And we have the ACS Cancer Caregivers Network group for all current and former caregivers. If you would like more information about either group or to join, please contact:
Sandie Slate (Sandie Loxingly)
secondlife:///app/agent/98932850-957c-49de-af85-fd19738ced21/about

There is also 24/7 support available from the American Cancer Society via phone at 1-800-227-2345 or by visiting cancer.org and clicking “live chat”. **

The most important thing to remember every day – and especially during the holidays – that none of us living with cancer in our daily lives is alone.

**For non- US patients/ survivors and caregivers, you are welcome to contact the American Cancer Society via web chat at cancer.org and they will be happy to try to direct you to resources available for you in your home country.

And The Winners Are…

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We have several awards we would like to present, along with appreciation and love for all the hard work that was put into this year’s Strides Events.  While we will be delivering these awards in-world we wanted to post them all here so these wonderful people could be recognized.

Our first awards are:

Making Strides Awareness Award: This award is awarded to the individual who has spread the concept, message, and mission of Making Strides in Second Life the most.  The following will be receiving this award for 2018.

  • Roxy Bergiere
  • Alea Lamont
  • Moonshadow Rising Horde
  • Nevada Dimitri
  • Mzladyt Valentinoalena

Friends of Strides Award: This award is awarded to individuals throughout the Second Life community, who have contributed to the Making Strides season in Second Life in various ways.

  • Robbie & Lyric Composer
  • DJs of T1 Radio & Legends

 

In our Strides Walk, we had registered and unregistered walkers.  We want to thank them both for coming out and supporting Strides.   Listed below are all the walkers and the laps walked.  Registered walkers will be receiving their gift bags and we will be sending Pink Strider’s Award to all even unregistered walkers as a thank you.

Gold Striders Award – 40 to 60 strides laps made
  • Savina (razihazine)  – 40 laps
Silver Striders Award – 21 to 40 strides laps made
  • Rhea (Rheata Resident)  – 31 laps
  • Sunshine Zhangsun / .Sunshine A. Gilmore. –  26 laps
  • Sandie Slate (sandie loxingly)  – 24 laps
  • Zinks(zinkers.mistwalker)  – 20 laps
Bronze Striders Award – 1 to 20 strides laps made
  • KateForever  – 16 laps
  • Kitty Gumbo  – 13 laps
  • Leala Spire-Marchant (leala spire)  – 13 laps
  • christine1986rae Yootz  – 11 laps
  • Thalia Lupindo  – 11 laps
  • LittleAbs Resident Abriel  – 10 laps
  • Aυяσяα Vαѕтяαиαd (stytchwytch)  – 8 laps
  • Kely (Kelyren Benoir)  – 7 laps
  • Gem Sunkiller  – 6 laps
  • jennydreamer  – 4 laps
  • midnight heston  – 3 laps
  • Rowena Dubrovna – 3 laps
  • Serina Juran – 2 laps

Builders Awards for the Strides Parade of Homes in SL – All active builders who joined the Strides Parade of Homes in SL event were eligible for voting from visitors to each build.  Here are the winners in each category.

Best in Show – Theme          Studio Craft Architect – Aladdin Villa

Best in Show – Build

  1. Love Everlasting Home & Garden – Blossoming Courtyard Bungalow
  2. Pierce Designs Studio – The Aerie
  3. mAi Sweet Home – Lighthouse FARO

Best in Show – Interior Design

  1. Love Everlasting Home & Garden – Blossoming Courtyard Bungalow
  2. Studio Craft Architect – Aladdin Villa
  3. Pierce Designs Studio – The Aerie

Best in Show – Landscaping

  1. Pierce Designs Studio – The Aerie
  2. Love Everlasting Home & Garden – Blossoming Courtyard Bungalow
  3. mAi Sweet Home – Lighthouse FARO

Best in Show – Overall

  1. Love Everlasting Home & Garden – Blossoming Courtyard Bungalow
  2. Pierce Designs Studio – The Aerie
  3. Studio Craft Architect – Aladdin Villa

Congratulations to everyone!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Ways to Help

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We have reached the end of October and the end of this year’s major Making Strides’ Events. The kiosks will remain out and Making Strides always appreciate your support and donations. For this final “Ways to Help” for the year, we decided to use it to talk about and show our appreciation for our volunteers this year with Making Strides.

First, on behalf of Sandie and myself, along with all the Strides committee, “Thank you” to each one of you who put lindens in kiosks, went across the grid shopping with Out Shop Cancer, explored and found a new home from Strides Parade of Homes in SL, bought a raffle ticket or placed a bid on an auction. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

We appreciate all who planned and held their own events at venues across Second Life. And we celebrate those who became the first set of “Strides Boosters“.

We would like to thank all the merchants, designers, and builders who were a part of our two new events – Out Shop Cancer and Strides Parade of Homes in SL. We are extremely grateful and appreciate all of your hard work and the wonderful donations you contributed to both of these events:

Amethyst Starostin of *Fire Within*
Dolphin Ayres of .EscalateD.
Ariana Petrova of [Ari-Pari]
SexyEyes Valkyrie of AFantasy
Lilac Niven of AvaGirl
Slash Hansome of AXL pro
Katelynn Latzo of BedBugz Boutique
Wayne Bentley of Bentley Homes/ Bentley Furniture
Plurabella Laszlo of Bliensen + MaiTai
Lucinda Nagy of Captivating!
Mizzy Maltz of Compilance Productions
VANYI of DCKM
Donni67 Cyberstar of Donni’s Dollies
Evhah of EVHAH
Tamrielle Halderman of Fae Fantasy Creations
Funatik Resident of FANATIK
Luna Barak of Fantavatar & Moonstruck
FeydaAnn Ferryhill of Feyline Fashions
Harry Quijote of Harry’s Outdoor & Living
St0rmyN1ght Resident of Implings
Tazzie Tuque of Indigenous
Jeanny Loorden of JELO
Anestacia Resident of Just Ordinary
Alrunia Ahn of Lilith’s Den
Roxy Bergiere of Love Everlasting Home and Garden
xrockinfree Resident of Lunistice
Alea Lamont of ND/MD
DeAnn Dufaux of Park Place Home
Mac Pierce (null aries) of Pierce Design Studio
Tyriani Resident of pretty please/ lowlife
SavannahRaye and SadieRoze of Sadie’s Design’s & The Reckless Angel @ MSR Merchant Mall
Kerryth Tarantal of Spyralle
LillyCraft Resident of Studio Craft Architect
maizon Rayna of Terra d’ombrA
Rowanessque Whitewood of The Emporium
Xzavia Yifu of Timeless Textures
Amethestpearl Resident of TRS Designs
SkyeRyder Varriale of Varriale Designs
YokianaSL of YoKana
The individual designers of the Strides Store, hosted by Robby & LyricWinterwolf Composer

Additionally, we would also like to thank Trader1 Whiplash & Nuala Maracas and the staff of T1 Radio/ Legends. Not only is T1 Radio the official broadcaster for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer across Second Life, we appreciate all of the DJs and hosts who donated their time to do events on the Making Strides sim this year.

We would like to give special recognition to each of our fabulous special event Sponsors this year.
2018 Making Strides Sim sponsor – Sol Existence
2018 Strides Stage Sponsor – Torgon’s
2018 Strides Walk Sponsor – Sanctuary RP Community
2018 Making Strides Honor Gala Sponsor – *Fire Within*
2018 Photos for a Cure Sponsor – SKYY Games

Tremendous thanks to Mac Pierce, Clive Pierce, and the guys of Pierce Design Studio for their amazing job on the Making Strides sim landscaping.

With gratitude, we would like to recognize Marina Sharpshire and Amethyst Starostin for providing the entertainment during the Making Strides Honor Gala.

Last but in no way least, Sandie and I would like to say thank you to the Making Strides committee.  As you can see from this list no one or even two people can do this alone.  It takes many, all have special gifts and talents.   We were lucky to work with some very special people on the committee.   So for each of your gifts, thank you Sunshine, Serina, Kitty, Nevar, & those very special ones who like to stay nameless.

As for ways to help… become a new name next year to this list of amazing people here in Second Life.  Watch for ways soon.

Thank you all!!!!

 

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.

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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.