Great American Smokeout

GASO Banner 2016Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

About 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 17% in 2014), cigar, pipe, and hookah – other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco – are very much on the rise. Smoking kills people – there’s no “safe” way to smoke tobacco.

Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age. Quitting is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully.




Who Drinks Coffee?

Can Coffee Lower Cancer Risk?


Most Americans drink at least 1 cup of coffee a day, and many feel like they can’t face the morning without it. So wouldn’t it be great if our beloved beverage helped protect us from cancer? There is, in fact, some reason to believe it could. Coffee is brewed from beans that contain antioxidants, which are thought to have a protective effect against cancer.

Mission Monday ~ Stories of Hope


Lessons From the Olympics Help Shannon Miller Through Ovarian Cancer Treatment

Seven-time Olympic medalist Shannon Miller says lessons she learned while training for gymnastics competitions helped her endure the rigors of treatment for ovarian cancer. “A huge part of my success as an athlete was that I had the mental game. To get through the toughest moments of treatment I relied on goal setting and keeping that positive mentality,” said Miller.

Miller was 33 when she found out she had ovarian cancer. It was fall 2010 and she had almost skipped her regular women’s health exam. She was a new mother to 1-year-old Rocco, had recently launched her company, Shannon Miller Lifestyle: Health and Fitness for Women, and just felt too busy with life and work to go for a checkup. But just as she was calling to cancel the appointment, she had a change of heart.

Read the entire article from the American Cancer Society HERE.

Mission Monday ~ Stories of Hope

Survivor Speaks Out about Life After Multiple Myeloma


Enjoying Every Moment

Blennau and his family have learned to appreciate the small moments in life – from spending quality time with one another to having a new perspective on his passion for teaching. “Sometimes it really feels like slow motion, and I think we were rushing through life a little bit,” Blennau said.

Go to to read other STORIES OF HOPE

Mission Monday ~ How Healthy Is Your Salad?

close up of healthy salad on plate

Salad is a healthy choice for lunch or dinner, isn’t it? That depends on what’s in it, or perhaps more importantly, what’s on it.

Dressing, cheese, and bacon add calories and fat that can sabotage your healthy eating plans. Follow these tips to keep your salads healthy without sacrificing flavor.

  • Choose a variety of fresh, colorful vegetables at their peak flavor, like dark green kale, red bell peppers, orange carrots, and red onions.
  • Skip fatty toppings like cheese, bacon, nuts, and seeds. If you must indulge, use only a little.
  • Use less salad dressing. In restaurants, ask for the dressing on the side. Try adding it with a fork instead of a spoon.
  • Experiment with parsley, garlic, oregano, basil, chives, rosemary, thyme, and other herbs; sprinkle them on your salad or add them to a simple vinaigrette made with olive oil.
  • At the salad bar, pass up high-calorie add-ons like coleslaw, potato salad, and creamy fruit salad.
  • Add variety to your salad with high-fiber, lower calorie items like beans, raw vegetables, and fresh and dried fruit.

Get inspired with more healthy recipes from the American Cancer Society.

Article by Stacy Simon

Mission Monday~Eat Better!


Many listed eating better for their FIGHT BACK pledge.

Eating well is an important part of improving your health and reducing your cancer risk.

Here is a little quiz to get you started about the snapcash binary  Do participate.


Events for Relay Weekend – 7/16-17/16

Get your Relay on!

7/16/16  2pm    Relay for Life Finale- Live Performers        

Join us for a day and night of LIVE music in support of Relay for Life.
1PM- Erin Frog
2PM- Max Kleene
3PM- Jacq Kuik
4PM- Lee Winegarden
5PM- Savannah Rain
6PM-Collin Martin
7PM- Dominoe Effect

7/16/16       1pm    Relay for Life Finale -DJ’s        

Come join us as our SL DJs spin some great music for you all in support of Relay for Life.
1PM-3PM Nick Wildcat
3PM-5PM Charity Corleone
5PM-7PM DJ Corri
7PM-9PM Scorpion Swansen

7/16/16         1:30pm    Relay for Life Finale -Dance Troupes        

Come join us for the amazing dance troupes performing for Relay for Life. Please come join these great events.

1:30 PM – Mer Ballet
3:00 PM – First Step Dance Team
4:30 PM – Mynx Dance
7:00 PM – Phoenix Dance


7/16-17/16    ONCE UPON A CURious GIRL

ONCE UPON A CURious GIRL HUNT.  Fundraiser for RFL SL.  $1L gifts.
July 16 – July 17


7/16/16    16:00:00    Patsy Cline    Highland Knights of Avalon

The Highland Knights of Avalon invite you to join us at The Loch Ness Inn, in the glorious Highlands of Scotland where Patsy Cline will be making an appearance at her very own Tribute Concert!

4 pm – 6 pm – Sat 16th June

7/17/16    04:00:00    Over The Rainbow Lap Tunes        

Hearts & Souls brings you our 5th annual wakeup set in the Activity Sims. A colorful set of tunes with a virtual breakfast spread. Take your track break with us!  SLURL tbd. Grab LM from campsite poster or watch Volunteers group.

Events for 7/15/16

Relay weekend starts tomorrow!

7/15/16      6pm     Super Heroes for Relay For Life    Meli’s Maniacs

Join Meli’s Maniacs at Club Amaranth for a Super Heroes event … and by Super Heroes we don’t just mean those guys and girls from the comic books … anyone you consider a hero counts.


7/15/2016    6:00 AM    Circle of Life – Masquerade    Circle of Life 

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July 15
6pm to 8pm
*****RFL Event****
Music by DJ Shay
Tonight’s dance is also a fund raiser for RFL Of SL! All funds donated go towards fighting cancer!

The theme for tonight is …..
CIrcle of Life – Masquerade

Wear your most amazing in Masquerade outfits ! Contest for the best dressed


Events for 7/13/16

7/13/16      6:00 pm    Sinatra Sings for RFL

Join the Chairman of the Board for a 2 hour concert on the Relay for Life stage. Frank will be singing many of his greatest songs you all know and have come to love. It’s from 6-8 PM SLT. Stay for the whole concert. If you can’t, at least, drop by say “Hello,” listen to a few songs and make a donation on behalf of the RFL group Frank Sinatra & Company.

7/13/16     8am         Frank Sinatra Tribute        
Join us for a sentimental journey through the awesome music as Frank sings for a cure!!!