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Mission Monday: Saving Lives with Research

The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. We’re the only cancer organization offering services and support for every aspect of a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Each Monday in October we will highlight ways that we are living the mission and how people who support Making Strides and the American Cancer Society are impacting both their local community and communities around the world – including the virtual world – and helping to lead the fight against breast cancer.

One of the biggest ways we fight back and save lives is by finding the causes of breast cancer and ways to cure it.

As of March 2019, $64.3 million dollars (US) has been invested in breast cancer research. And as of March 2019, 160 research grants related to breast cancer have been funded. *Note: As of August 1, 2019 there are a total of 162 breast cancer grants in effect and $67 million dollars has been allocated to funding breast cancer research.

Science takes time, but as we learn from what we know from the past – that knowledge paves the path for breakthroughs ahead.

Take, for example, one of the most important discoveries in advancing the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. Identifying the BRCA1 gene in 1990 paved the way for understanding the link between mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. More than three decades later, we’re building on that science to uncover how mutations in these genes impact the likelihood of responsiveness or resistance to new chemotherapy drugs.

BRCA1 gene Timeline:

  • 1950-19910: ongoing research established there were genetic links between breast and ovarian cancers.
  • 1990: Researcher Mary-Claire King, PhD, discovered the first specific gene that if mutated could increase the risk of breast cancer. She named the gene BRCA1.
  • 1991: Scientist Patrice Watson, PhD, and colleagues found that the BRCA1 gene was also linked to ovarian cancer. *
  • 1994: Researchers discovered that the BRCA1 genetic mutation was strongly linked to Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.
  • 1994: Scientists discovered a second gene linked to breast cancer – BRCA2.
  • 1996: Moving BRCA-1 Forward – Mary-Claire King, PhD (above); Elaine Ostrander, PhD; and colleagues did the research needed to be able to study BRCA1 in animals. This work paved the way for future clinical trials in humans.*
  • 1998: Oncologist and researcher Bernard Fisher, MD, and colleagues found that the chemotherapy drug tamoxifen decreased the incidence of breast cancer by nearly 50% in women who were at increased risk due to carrying a BRCA1 and/or BRCA2 mutation. *
  • 2004: Scientist Susan Neuhausen, PhD, demonstrated that prophylactic bilateral mastectomy substantially reduced the incidence of breast cancer among women with mutations in the BRCA1 gene. *
  • 2009: Oncologists Roger A. Greenberg, MD, PhD, and Susan Domchek, MD, found a way to determine (in mice) whether BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations will cause cancer.
  • Future: The American Cancer Society continues to fund ongoing research into breast cancer risk. This is a major focus for our epidemiology team; they are studying the effect of exercise, weight, and diet on breast cancer risk. We are also funding researchers who are working on understanding the underlying biological mechanisms that cause breast cancer to develop and to spread. And we remain committed to improving treatment and funding research into how mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 impact the likelihood of responsiveness or resistance to new chemotherapy drugs.

*Denotes research funded by the American Cancer Society.

Learn more about the innovative approach to research by the American Cancer Society by visiting here.

Learn more about current breast cancer research grantees by visiting here.

 

 

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Raise Awareness!

October is fast approaching and our time to shine the spotlight on breast cancer. All are welcome to use these poster to decorate your venues and raise awareness.

To grab your set of textures (these and several more), stop by the Event room at the Strides building on the American Cancer Society campus and look for the giver on the back wall of the room.

P.S. For those looking for Making Strides fundraising tools, updated tools will be released soon – watch for notices!

 

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

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.

Mission Monday: Emotions & Breast Cancer

As you go through cancer treatments, many find themselves dealing with additional emotional issues aside from the physical side effects of treatment. These emotional issues can also arise after treatments are finished.

For women dealing with breast cancer, these issues are sometimes amplified even more from the changes to their bodies as a result of treatments.

Finding a good support system to help you through this period on your journey is key to helping navigate these times.

For those breast cancer patients and survivors in Second Life, there is the ACS Cancer Survivors Network inworld. This is a peer to peer support group, connecting people who have fought cancer who will provide support, advice, and encouragement to cancer patients in Second Life who are undergoing treatment and other survivors.

For all breast cancer patients and survivors there is also the Reach To Recovery program available through the American Cancer Society.

The most important thing to keep in mind is you are never alone.

To learn more about Emotions & Breast Cancer visit cancer.org.