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.
This year we would like to honor the following people for going above and beyond as well as those who exemplify the spirit of Making Strides. For more information about the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Second Life awards, visit here.
Striders Awards: recognizes the walkers who participated in the 2017 Strides Walk.
Gold Striders Award – 40 + strides made
Silver Striders Award – 21 to 40 strides made
Bronze Striders Award – 1 to 20 strides made
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. Eligibility: Non 2017 Strides Committee Member and starting on October 1, 2017.
Sanctuary RP & The Heights RP Communities
Foundation for Life team
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. Eligibility: Non 2017 Strides Committee Member and starting on October 1, 2017.
Dancers and troupes that were involved in the 2017 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer show
Phoenix Dance troupe
Zach Starostin (zachbrig)
Nadi (Nara Zsun)
Corroded Battery (DJ)
Lina (melina Aurotharius)
Winds of Sahara
Winnie Kicks Cancer’s Ass (winniefred)
вєєвѕ carfıєld (BB Schmooz)
яeđ Qυєeи (Queenie Acacia)
Mynx Dance Academy
Taema Mynx (Taema)
Mιηту (Mint Knipper)
Margery Gould Rath Award: This award is named after the founder of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement. The award is awarded to the individual who embraces the concept, spirit, and message of Making Strides with humility, care, and dedication. Eligibility: Non 2017 Strides Committee Member and starting on October 1, 2017.
Trader1 Whiplash and the staff of T1 Radio
Certificate of Appreciation for Committee:
Emma Rose Shaw (inanna.andel)
Ray Lobo (nevar.lobo)
Sandie Slate (Sandie Loxingly)
Leala Spire-Marchant (Leala Spire)
Certificate of Sponsorship:
Santuary Role Play Community – Stevie Basevi
The Heights Role Play Community – Stevie Basevi
Fire Within – Amethyst Starostin
An Lema – AelKennyr Rhiano
Saga – Christel Morane
The Reckless Angel – SavannahRaye
Gidget’s – Gidget Hollow
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.
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.
Select Second Life artists have donated pieces of artwork to be sold with all proceeds going to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society.
All are invited to browse the Art for a Cure Art Gallery located on the town square of the Making Strides sim.
Art will remain available for purchase through Tuesday, October 31, 2017.
For more information, please contact Leala Spire.
During the 2017 Survivor Caregiver Honor Gala on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 1pm SLT to 5pm SLT, there will be special Live Auctions taking place with all proceeds going to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society.
Auction items can be previewed on the Making Strides sim on the ship opposite the landing point on the town square.
R4114 Toughest Gong Z type Motorcycle:
Toughest Gong Z type
- has two individual color changers
- has four park poses with passenger reacting with the driver
- has realistic burnout particles
- has flight particles
- has a step on for the rider and passenger when the engine is turned on.
Model on display has been unscripted. Winner will be sent full scripted bike.
Exclusive Dress – Rana Mesh Dress Think Pink by Gidget’s:
Fits Classic, Fit mesh, Slink, Maitreya, Belleza, Tonic, eBody and TMP body
Male Shape / Skin pkg from CG Designs:
Your Choose any ONE of 37 Male Avatar Pack from CG Designs.
Any Avatar Pack priced at $L2000 or less. Marketplace link:
Fits: TMS, Lelutka, Signature Mesh body and Slink Physique mesh body and catwa mesh head and signature mesh head
(4) 2 wks Oceanfront Villa Rental in full furnished villa:
Destiny Estates is great rental company ran and owned by Lioness Kitty (taraa.destiny).
She has donated FOUR 2 Week Luxury Oceanfront Villa Rentals to the top bidders. Winners names will be given to her and the winners can contact her to arrange your Two Week Vacation.
She has multiple Oceanfront Villas. All are fully furnished and come with generous prim allowances.
This would make a great getaway for a special occasion with your special someone or just a nice rental to consider Destiny Estates as a rental home for you in SL.
Auction Items are located on the pirate Ship if you like to take a look or want more information on items.
Auctions will be LIVE on Oct. 28th during the Honor Gala. You can place bids via Sandie Loxingly and Leala Spire before the Gala, if you can’t attend.
Raffles are open for all to purchase tickets now. Raffle boards are located on the town square of the Making Strides sim.
Raffle items are:
1000 L Gift Card for Ever an’ Angel
Mystery Gift Card box with card valued at over 3000 L
For questions or more information about either the Auction or Raffles, please contact Leala Spire.
Breast cancers found during screening exams are more likely to be smaller and still confined to the breast. The size of a breast cancer and how far it has spread are some of the most important factors in predicting the prognosis of a woman with this disease.
For women with an average risk of breast cancer the American Cancer Society recommends this screening schedule:
Women between 40 and 44 have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year.
Women 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year.
Women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year, or they can choose to continue yearly mammograms. Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 more years or longer.
All women should understand what to expect when getting a mammogram for breast cancer screening – what the test can and cannot do.
Women who are at high risk for breast cancer based on certain factors should get an MRI and a mammogram every year, typically starting at age 30. This includes women who:
- Have a lifetime risk of breast cancer of about 20% to 25% or greater, according to risk assessment tools that are based mainly on family history (see below)
- Have a known BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation (based on having had genetic testing)
- Have a first-degree relative (parent, brother, sister, or child) with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, and have not had genetic testing themselves
- Had radiation therapy to the chest when they were between the ages of 10 and 30 years
- Have Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Cowden syndrome, or Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, or have first-degree relatives with one of these syndromes
Once you have had your mammogram, what happens next?
Usually following a mammogram you will get a letter with your results within 30 days that everything was normal.
But if doctors find something suspicious, they’ll call you back – usually within just 5 days – to take new pictures or get other tests.
Getting that call can be scary, but a suspicious finding does not mean you have cancer.
A suspicious finding may be just dense breast tissue, a cyst, or even a tumor that isn’t cancer. Other times, the image just isn’t clear and needs to be retaken. Or, if this is your first mammogram, your doctor may want to look at an area more closely simply because there is no previous mammogram to compare it with.
You will likely have another follow-up mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram. You may also have an ultrasound of your breast or possibly an MRI.
Following one of these tests you are likely to be told 1 of the following:
* The suspicious area turned out to be nothing to worry about and you can return to your regular mammogram schedule.
* The area is probably nothing to worry about, but you should have your next mammogram sooner than normal – usually in 4 to 6 months – to make sure it doesn’t change over time.
* Cancer was not ruled out and a biopsy is needed to tell for sure.
– Even if you need a breast biopsy, it still doesn’t mean you have cancer. Most biopsy results are not cancer, but a biopsy is the only way to find out. During the procedure, a small amount of tissue is removed and looked at under a microscope.
If you do have cancer and you are referred to a breast specialist, use these tips to make your appointment as useful as possible:
* Make a list of questions to ask at the appointment. Download a list from the American Cancer Society or call us at 1-800-227-2345.
* Bring a family member or friend with you. They can serve as an extra pair of ears, help you remember things later, and give you support.
* Ask if you can record important conversations.
* Take notes. If someone uses a word you don’t know, ask them to spell it and explain it.
* Ask the doctors or nurses to explain anything you don’t understand.
How can I stay calm while waiting?
Waiting for appointments and the results of tests can be frightening. Many women experience strong emotions including disbelief, anxiety, fear, anger, and sadness during this time. Some things to remember:
* It’s normal to have these feelings.
* Most breast changes are not cancer and are not life-threatening.
* Talking with a loved one or a counselor about your feelings may help.
* Talking with other women who have been through a breast biopsy may help.
* The American Cancer Society is available at 1-800-227-2345 around the clock to answer your questions and provide support.
For more on mammograms and the importance of early detection, visit Cancer.org here.
Learn more about non-cancerous breast conditions here.
Guidelines for what to do if you are called back after a mammogram, visit here.