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Spotlight Story: LyricWinterwolf Composer

Once again this year LyricWinterwolf Composer is allowing us to share her story. Lyric’s story takes you beyond the diagnosis as she shows us how she fights back against this terrible disease by offering comfort and support to others.

Included are some links to show how you can pass along Lyric’s dream of helping breast cancer patients one person at a time. Keep reading and be inspired to make a difference for someone as well!

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When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, my surgeon directed me to a local charity that supplied useful items to newly diagnosed cancer patients.

To my surprise, this organization provided me with one of their “goody bags”. This little treasure trove contained informational pamphlets, books, a day planner to help keep up with appointments and a little rectangle pillow. The curious side of me asked what the pillow was for and I was told to cushion my chest from the seat belt once I had surgery.

I thought to myself, “Wow, I never would have thought of that!”

The small pillow was appreciated greatly but unfortunately was not much help. A year or so after my mastectomy and reconstruction I ran across a “how to” video on Facebook for a post mastectomy pillow. I was fascinated.

Again my thought was “Wow…if only I had one or two of those when I had my mastectomy and what a wonderful way for me to give back to the organization that helped me!” and my Mastectomy pillow fund was off and running.

I set up a Go Fund Me, downloaded the free pattern and was off. The count so far is over 300 pillows, complete with pillow shams and an elastic strap. Donations have been received in monetary form, donated material, pillow filling and elastic. SL has provided multiple friends and family that has shipped several boxes of material that has made a lot of the donations possible.

To create your own mastectomy pillows to share with those in your local community, here is a downloadable patter and a YouTube “How To” video to get you started:

Mastectomy pillow pattern
http://sewveryeasy.com/helping-hearts-pillow.pdf

How To Sew a Mastectomy pillow video

To support Lyric’s personal mission of making and delivering Mastectomy pillows, you can donate to her project’s Go Fund Me page here:
https://www.gofundme.com/MastectomyPillows

 

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Fact Friday: Supporting Cancer Patients, Survivors & Caregivers

The mission of the American Cancer Society is to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

Thanks to all of those who give, the American Cancer Society is able to help so many in their daily battles against cancer, whether they are cancer patients, survivors or caregivers.

A few of the statistics* from how your donations helped cancer patients and survivors in 2017:

  • Helped more than 33,000 women manage appearance-related side effects of treatment
  • Provided more than 9,000 peer support services to breast cancer patients
  • Provided more than 112,000 special kits of tailored information and resources for newly diagnosed patients
  • Thousands of patients, survivors, and caregivers use our online Cancer Survivors Network

*statistics can be found at cancer.org

Not only do patients, survivors and caregivers have access to the Cancer Survivors Network in their first lives, they also have access to support groups provided by the American Cancer Society within Second Life.

The American Cancer Society offers cancer survivors and caregivers the opportunity to receive and give support through our Hope Haven program.

Hope Haven is one of the best examples of the impact of our fundraising dollars making a real difference in our virtual world. The program exists to offer emotional support to people going through their own personal cancer journey.

The two primary functions of Hope Haven is the cancer survivor support group and the caregiver support group.

Each support group is led by a volunteer who works closely with American Cancer Society staff to:

  • Deliver the type of support that Second Life residents need
  • Reach out across the grid to let Second Life residents know about Hope Haven and offer support to cancer survivors and caregivers, everywhere
  • Work together with RFL & MSABC volunteers so that event opportunities are made available to members of Hope Haven
  • Offer event participants the opportunity to join Hope Haven support groups

For more information about the American Cancer Society and the inworld support groups for cancer patients, survivors and caregiver, please contact, Sandie Slate (Sandie Loxingly), Hope Haven Services Lead.

Visit Hope Haven on the American Cancer Society region here.

 

Looking For Your New Home Sweet Home?

 

Then look no further than the Strides Parade of Homes in Second Life in support of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society.

Take a tour across the grid during the month of October and explore unique homes that were designed specifically for this event. With homes ranging from a skybox to a 1024m to a quarter region, there is sure to be something for everyone.

All homes are available for purchase, some with various package options. There are also decor and landscaping items available separately.

After visiting the homes on the tour, please cast your vote for your favorites here.

Strides Parade of Homes Shopping Guide

Get Ready to Shop!

It is time to make your shopping count with the Out Shop Cancer shopping event in support of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society.

From October 1 through October 31 you can make a difference in the fight against breast cancer by visiting the select businesses who have generously donated their time and talents in an effort to raise awareness and provide funds for research and programs which support breast cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. It is also the second-leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.

Get ready to SHOP!

Out Shop Cancer Shopping Guide

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!

MSABC – Get Ben On Board Fundraising Challenge

Get Ben On Board!

For the third year in a row, Ben Franklin is here to help take your Making Strides Against Breast Cancer fundraising to new heights. Because for every $500 you raise online between October 1 and 5, an extra $100 will be donated to your personal fundraising page on the MSABC/ ACS WEBSITE ONLY.

Easy Steps to Make a Big Impact:
1. Join the MSABC in SL team Walk here.
2. Send out emails and messages on your social media- or just tell your friends and family & let them support your efforts!
3. Raise $500 between October 1 and October 5
4. Have an extra $100 credited to your total from Chiquita!

For more information, on how your $500 can impact a cancer patient and their caregiver, visit here.

Spotlight Stories Returns This October!

During the month of October we would like to shine a “spotlight” on our breast cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.

If you would like to share your story, please contact Sandie Slate (Sandie Loxingly)

Space is limited to 5 stories- get yours entered today!!