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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
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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

Leading The Fight Against Breast Cancer

A message from Stingray9798 Raymaker…

We all know that October is breast cancer awareness month, but did you know that American Cancer Society volunteers in Second Life work year-round to raise money and plan our pink-themed events that happen each fall? In 2018, our 5 campaigns combined to raise over $8,632 USD toward the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer mission.

We appreciate all of the support that our “pink” volunteers across Second Life have dedicated. The 2018 total is the second highest ever, for Making Strides, and represents a significant fundraising increase over 2017. This is another example of how important it is to work together for a shared goal, where we are all important members of the Second Life community, and we recognize the valuable contributions we can all make. Whether you are a photographer, a merchant, a home builder, or any other active member of Second Life, there is an opportunity for you to Make Strides Against Breast Cancer across Second Life.

Leala Spire & Sandie Slate have already begun planning for 2019. Anyone interested in participating in MSABC in SL should contact them. It’s never too early to get started!

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.

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.

Special Auctions to Benefit Making Strides!

Thanks to some generous donors in Second Life we have some fabulous auction items available with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

Inworld item:
Alfheim Winter Palace – Rhîw Círbann
Rhîw Círbann was built during the early years of the Little Ice Age. Located deep in the northern forest, it encloses both the hot springs which keeps the palace warm in the coldest of weather and one of the elder trees of the forest. For centuries it protected many species of rare magical and medicinal plants from the long and harsh winters.

Build Information:
* Rhîw Círbann footprint is about 50 x 70m
* 1/4 Region (128 x 128m) would provide plenty of space and prims for this build.
* Much of the palace construction is prims. The mesh has a high LOD so that you can still see the palace from 250m.
* The total prim count is around 2000+, the castle is Copy/Mod.
* The plants included are from Cerridwen’s Cauldron/ Elicio Ember
* This is a limited edition build, one of only 5 across the grid.
Donated by Cassie Eldemar of Little Big Designs
You may view the Alfheim Winter Palace inworld here:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosehaven%20Reverie/146/222/22

Real life jewelry– yes, real pieces of handmade jewelry that will be shipped too you anywhere in the world! Each of these items are from Creations Jewelry, the RL counterpart to the SL business, Stones of Heaven.

MSABC Silver Bracelet 2018
This bracelet is 8 inches in length and features silver beads and pink crystal accents. There are three pink enamel ribbon beads, in honor of MSABC Across SL and breast cancer awareness.

If you win the item, a valid postal address is needed for shipping. The item is in the United States and Creations Jewelry will ship it to you, free of charge. Yes, even if you live outside of the US.

If you have any questions, please send a notecard to Serina Juran.

MSABC Silver Earrings – 2018
The earrings are 2 inches in length and feature silver beads and pink crystal accents. There are pink enamel ribbon beads, in honor of MSABC Across SL and breast cancer awareness.

If you win the item, a valid postal address is needed for shipping. The item is in the United States and Creations Jewelry will ship it to you, free of charge. Yes, even if you live outside of the US.

If you have any questions, please send a notecard to Serina Juran.

MSABC Silver Earrings & Bracelet Set – 2018
The earrings are 2 inches in length and feature silver beads and pink crystal accents. There are pink enamel ribbon beads, in honor of MSABC Across SL and breast cancer awareness.

This bracelet is 8 inches in length and features silver beads and pink crystal accents.

If you win the item, a valid postal address is needed for shipping. The item is in the United States and Creations Jewelry will ship it to you, free of charge. Yes, even if you live outside of the US.

If you have any questions, please send a notecard to Serina Juran.

**Silent bidding for each of these items will close on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 4:30 pm SLT.
To place your bid, simply touch the box saying “Bid Now”.
Bid here:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/MSABC%20WalkaThon/144/129/23