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Theme Ideas for 2018 Strides Season

We had such fun with this year’s Making Strides theme of “Treasure the Chests” we wanted to get a head start on ideas for the 2018 Making Strides theme.

For that we would like to hear your ideas and suggestions. Please take a few minutes and submit your suggestions here .

We will be taking your ideas through Monday, November 6th. After that a voting ballot will be send out to choose the most popular theme suggestions.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Leala Spire or Sandie Loxingly inworld.

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And the 2017 Total is…

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who supported the 2017 MSABC of SL! You have made a great impact on the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer mission. This year’s event also shows that it’s worth taking a risk on new ideas and trying new things.

Congratulations Photo Contest Winners!

Our Photo Entries had our judges split on so many of the photos. After all the points were added and bonus given for popular vote by donation, the following are our winners for the 2017 Photos For A Cure…….

1st – Christina Hammerer $L10,000

2nd – Bianca Michalak $L7500

3rd – Lyrica1980 w/ Jim Collinson $L5000

Thank you to all of our participants!

2017 Survivor Caregiver Honor Gala

2017 Survivor Caregiver Gala
Saturday, October 28, 2017
1pm SLT – 5pm SLT

You are cordially invited to attend the 2017 Survivor Caregiver Honor Gala that will take place on the Making Strides sim on Saturday, October 28, 2017.

Requested attire is pirate/ period clothing (Old World). Have fun with it!

This event is to honor our Breast Cancer Survivors and their Caregivers. All are welcome to join the festivities.

The entertainment line-up for the Honor Gala is as follows:
1pm SLT DJ Dahlia Poliatevska
2pm SLT Performer Keeba Tammas
3pm SLT Performer Maximillion Kleene
4pm SLT DJ Blaze Korobase

In addition, there will be a Live Auctions going throughout the event and Making Strides awards given out. For more information about the Live Auction and Raffle items, please visit this post.

We hope you join us as we celebrate all who have fought against breast cancer and that you continue to help us Make Strides Against Breast Cancer.

 

Vote Now Photos For A Cure Contest

The photo entries for the 2017 Photos For A Cure: Treasure the Chests Contest are now on display. They are located below deck on the main ship at the town square on the Making Strides sim.

The  rules for the Photos For A Cure: Treasure the Chests Photo contest included:

♦ Photo cannot show privates or nipples (pasties may be used). We ask for tastefully done photos with no explicit scenes.

♦ Size must be 1600 x 1200 and full perms

♦ One entry per avatar

♦ Photo should reflect the theme of “Treasure the Chests”

♦ Photo editing is allowed

You can cast your vote for the Popular Vote by making a donation to the kiosk associated with the chosen photo(s). All votes (donations) will go directly to Making Strides and the American Cancer Society.

We hope you come out and see the talented and creative submissions for the 2017 Photos For A Cure contest.

Voting will remain open through Saturday, October 28, 2017. Winners will be notified on Sunday, October 29, 2017.

Fact Friday: Men & Breast Cancer

Guys, did you know that you can get breast cancer too? Just like other forms of cancer, breast cancer is non-discriminatory.

The American Cancer Society estimates for breast cancer in men in the United States for 2017 are:

About 2,470 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed
About 460 men will die from breast cancer

Breast cancer is about 100 times less common among men than among women. For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. The number of breast cancer cases in men relative to the population has been fairly stable over the last 30 years. (Source here.)

Early detection improves the chances that male breast cancer can be treated successfully.

There are many similarities between breast cancer in men and women, but there are some important differences that affect finding it early. These include:

  • Breast size
  • Lack of awareness that men can get breast cancer
  • For men who are high risk careful breast exams might be used
  • Genetic counseling and testing

To learn more about early detection for male breast cancer, please visit Cancer.org here.

What’s New in Research and Treatment in Breast Cancer in Men?
Studies continue to uncover lifestyle factors and habits that alter breast cancer risk. Ongoing studies are looking at the effect of exercise, weight gain or loss, and diet on breast cancer risk.
Studies on the best use of genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations continue at a rapid pace. Some studies have found that men with mutations in these genes may be more likely to develop some other cancers, including prostate cancer, stomach cancer, pancreas cancer, and melanoma. The risks for these cancers will be further defined in future studies.

  • New laboratory tests
  • Circulating tumor cells

Researchers have found that in many breast cancers, cells may break away from the tumor and enter the blood. These circulating tumor cells can be detected with sensitive lab tests. Although these tests are available for general use, it isn’t yet clear how helpful they are.

Treatments include:
* Radiation
* Chemotherapy
* Targeted therapies

To learn more about new research developments in the fight against male breast cancer, please visit this page at Cancer.org.

Ways To Help Wednesday: The ACS CHANGE Program

The NFL, its clubs, players and the NFL Players Association are proud to support the fight against breast cancer. Our campaign, “A Crucial Catch”, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is focused on the importance of annual screenings, especially for women who are 40 and older. Throughout October, NFL games will feature players, coaches and referees wearing pink game apparel, on-field pink ribbon stencils, special game balls and pink coins – all to help raise awareness for this important campaign. All apparel worn at games by players and coaches, along with special game balls and pink coins will be auctioned off at NFL Auction, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates National Grants for Empowerment (CHANGE) program.

The American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) Grant Program builds community and system capacity to promote health equity, access and navigation to screening resources within underserved communities.

CHANGE grants serve as a catalyst for partners to implement and sustain interventions to effectively engage and mobilize patients; and implement systems and policies that are essential to increasing access to timely cancer screenings.

The Society has awarded nearly 350 grants since 2011 and grant recipients are making amazing impact! Our grant recipients represent community health centers, community-based organizations, academic medical centers, breast and cervical cancer early detection programs, Indian Health Service health centers and faith-based organizations. Learn more about how these CHANGE grants are impacting communities here.

New in 2017 the NFL and the American Cancer Society have expanded the Crucial Catch program to include early detection and risk reduction efforts for other cancers to increase the impact of the campaign. Read the full press release here.

As part of the campaign, the NFL and ACS launched a new, digital tool, The Defender, which provides the public with free personalized tips to reduce their cancer risk. In the spirit of ‘The Best Defense is a Good Offense,’ people can enter information about their height, weight, exercise regimen and more. The tool will analyze and provides personalized recommendations on what they can do to reduce their risk of getting cancer. The Defender was funded by the NFL and developed by ACS and can be found at TheDefender.cancer.org.

You can take part in the Crucial Catch initiative by bidding on authentic game-worn NFL Crucial Catch products, to learn more or place your bid visit the NFL Crucial Catch page here.

Schools and leagues are also invited to join the fight as part of the Crucial Catch with the Coaches vs. Cancer program. To sign up or learn more, visit here.