A Lavender Affair

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Mark your calendar and make plans to join us for the Lavender Affair.  This celebration of survivors and caregivers will take place on March 5, 2016 from 12pm – 2pm on the Fashion for Life sims the day before kick off.

Your ride –  Lavender Affair

 

RFL of SL 2016 – Kick Off March 6

RFL of SL Kick Off Invitation 2016

 

Join Us To Kick Off
Once Upon A Cure
Relay For Life of Second Life
March 6, 2016

Once Upon A Cure, Relay For Life of Second Life 2016 will begin with the Kick Off Event on Sunday , March 6, 2016 at 10am SLT. This is the 12th Year for RFL in Second Life and we are knocking on the door of $3,000,000 US Dollars raised since 2005! We have seen a great start with the excitement from teams and the rush to start fundraising-via Convio. Now it will be time to officially start the season and we have a great Kick Off Event planned.

Our theme this year is Once Upon A Cure with a focus on the story. Every Relayer has a story. Every Survivor has a story. Every Caregiver has a story. Everyone Touched By Cancer has a story. What Is YOUR Relay Story?

Join us on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 10am SLT for our Kick Off Ceremony where the Steering Committee and other committee members will formally start the season. T1Radio will be streaming the ceremony live! The Pre-Show starts at 9am SLT.

All afternoon and into the evening we will have entertainment from live music to DJ’s. We even have the opportunity for teams to take to the stage for an hour and do some fundraising!

*** ALL TEAM SPOTS HAVE BEEN RESERVED ***

Times available are on a first reserve basis. You can have a DJ, Live Musician or even a Comedian! It is your hour to fundraise for your team or get together with another team and do a dual event!  (we will change the stream and place kiosks for your team….no rezzing abilities)

It is going to be a FUN-TASTIC day at Kick Off !

We will be making a few special announcements that you do not want to miss!

Keep an eye out for landmarks coming soon !!
***************** Stage Area **************

There are seven (7) 1 hour slots available for teams to reserve the Kick Off Stage area.

DJ’s, live musicians, performances, comedians, it is up to you what you do for your hour. However, please keep in mind, when booking your entertainment, there will be no Rez rights permitted due to the location of the stage on the American Cancer Society Island. We will place your kiosk out and change the stream for you.

Please ensure you have read the Fund raising Guidelines regarding entertainment / music and remember there are no tip jars permitted.

To request a time slot, fill out the google form located here    *** ALL TEAM SPOTS HAVE BEEN RESERVED ***

Mission Monday ~ Get Sleep!

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How to Get More Sleep

Article date: February 16, 2016

By Stacy Simon

Are you getting enough sleep at night? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 70 million Americans have sleep problems that keep them awake when they want to sleep, and lead to drowsiness when they want to be alert.

The NIH says adults need 7-8 hours of sleep each night to be well-rested, but that most people get less than that. They recommend these tips for getting a good night’s sleep:

  • Go to sleep at the same time each night, get up at the same time each morning, and avoid naps after 3pm.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol late in the day. Avoid nicotine completely.
  • Get regular exercise, but not within 2-3 hours of bedtime.
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal late in the day, but a light snack before bedtime is OK.
  • Make your bedroom comfortable, dark, quiet, and not too warm or cold.
  • Follow a routine to help you relax before sleep.
  • Don’t lie in bed awake. If you can’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, do something calming until you feel sleepy, like reading or listening to soft music.
  • See a doctor if you continue to have trouble sleeping.

Paint Second Life Purple

For Immediate Release:
February 22, 2016

The 2016 Relay For Life of Second Life campaign is kicking off on March 6th 2016, and to
prepare for the Kickoff, volunteers will be painting the Second Life grid purple. This is a
community effort to raise awareness throughout Second Life about Relay For Life, and
everyone on the grid is invited to join us on February 28, 2016 from 1-6 pm SLT at Relay dAlliez, as we start Painting Second Life Purple!

Since 2004, Relay For Life has grown in the virtual world, raising money for the American Cancer Society. Over the last 12 years, this signature fundraiser has raised more than $2.7 million USD, contributing to the mission of the American Cancer Society, which includes lifesaving cancer research, education on prevention and early detection, and forming global partnerships in the fight against cancer.

The Paint Second Life campaign signifies that Relay For Life is about to Kick Off, grid wide. Regions, businesses, communities and a flood of volunteers will celebrate the power of HOPE by turning the entire grid purple for 7 days. This is a good opportunity to visit with new cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers and other who might not know about the mission of the American Cancer Society and get the excitement of our journey in the forefront of the minds of all of Second Life.

Mark your calendar for Feb.28th and come out in your purple to join our fight!

The Paint Second Life Purple campaign runs from Feb 28 – March 6. The Relay For Life season Kickoff Ceremony will be on March 6 at 10am SLT at the American Cancer Society’s RFL Kickoff regions. The Relay For Life 2016 theme is: Once Upon A Cure.
Relay For Life of Second Life will be on July 16-17, 2016 and is a 24-hour event where teams of volunteers showcase their talents through elaborate designs/builds while celebrating cancer survivors, remembering loved ones lost, and fighting back against cancer through fundraising. Each team is represented by keeping at least one member on the track throughout the entire 24 hours of the event. Teams raise money inside and outside of Second Life from March – July.

Our goal for 2016 is to raise $300,000 USD, which will also be our $3 millionth dollar, all-time.

 
To learn more about forming a team or joining Relay For Life, contact Random Darrow, Event Chair.

Mission Monday ~ Black History Month

African Americans’ Cancer Death Rates Continue to Drop, Reducing Disparities for Some Cancer Types

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Cancer death rates among African Americans have decreased continuously over the past 2 decades, resulting in 300,000 cancer deaths that were avoided since the early 1990s, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society.

Racial gaps remain despite progress

However, overall death rates for African Americans are still higher than for whites. And any progress was found for only some cancer types, while disparities have remained the same or increased for other cancer types. The bottom line is accelerating progress in eliminating racial disparities requires equitable access to services for prevention, early detection, and high-quality treatment.”

New Step By Step Guide Available For Registration and Team Setup

helpIn response to the many questions surrounding the Team ID and Convio px number being associated with your RFLofSL account – with the help of Blue Myanamotu (Builders Brewery Relay Team), we have established step-by-step instructions for the entire registration process from start to finish. The instructions have been divided by task so that you can jump to the specific task that you’re trying to accomplish.

If you still have questions,  please reach out to a member of the committee and they will be happy to provide guidance and assistance.

The Complete Registration and Setup Step By Step

Announcing the ACS Cancer Action Network in Second Life

acscan-logoThe American Cancer Society in Second Life just got bigger! We are excited to bring the ACS Cancer Action Network into Second Life, continuing our commitment to provide as many opportunities for the residents of Second Life to fight cancer as American Cancer Society volunteers in many diverse ways.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (CAN) is partnering with the Relay for Life of SecondLife. Together, we CAN fight back against cancer. ACS CAN is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization.  They are working every day to make cancer issues a national priority. Many of the most important decisions about cancer are made outside of your doctor’s office. They are made at city hall, by our state legislature, in Congress, and in the White House. Globally they are made at places like the World Health Organization and in trade summits.

I am encouraging all Relayers to join the ACS CAN campaign, because membership empowers us as regular people to be part of the growing national movement that is fighting back against cancer.  Together we are able to hold lawmakers accountable for their words and their actions. Talk about making a difference! Together we can make history!

At ACS Island, the ACS CAN Café is now a part of our total package. The impact we can have in our community is huge. Reaching out through relay to advocate through involvement, influence and impact can help at the local, federal and international level. Having our voices heard will make a difference. Stop by and find your state on the large floor map. See what issues are going on at your local level and then look at their report card. Find your state petitions and sign them. Then look at the national issues and let your voices be heard in Washington. Learn what ACS Can is doing Globally. Regular discussions will be held about the things that matter in ACSCAN with a weekly ACS CAN Café Coffee Chat.

  • Join ACS “Picture a Cure” Café and drop off a photo.
  • Have your voice be heard on the “Your Voice Maters” display.
  • Sign the megaphone and tell us what you speak for.
  • Join the “What Brings you Joy” Program.

To learn more or to join ACS CAN in Second Life, contact Kaiila Mahoney in-world.

Learn about the ACS CAN Cafe on ACS Island

Learn about the ACS Cancer Action Network

Mission Monday ~ Heart Awareness

February is Heart Health Awareness Month

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Can you get cancer of the heart?

Heart cancer (primary cardiac tumor) is cancer that arises in the heart. Cancerous (malignant) tumors that begin in the heart are most often sarcomas, a type of cancer that originates in the soft tissues of the body.

With lung cancer, cancerous cell can be found in the fluid that surround the heart.

Heart disease can be a serious late effect of certain cancer treatments. The actual damage to the heart may occur during treatment, but the effects may not show up until many years, or even decades later.

Keep your heart healthy by eating a diet low in saturated fats, eat more fruit and vegetables, stop smoking if you smoke, exercise regularly and schedule regular wellness exams.

Mission Monday ~ Cancer Awareness Calendar

 

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Every year the American Cancer Society publishes a Cancer Awareness Calendar to recognize the many different cancer-related awareness campaigns that occur throughout the year.

Not all of them are coordinated by the American Cancer Society…however, we whole heartily support efforts to create a greater awareness of cancer!

 

2016 Changes – Update

changeThere has been a lot of confusion surrounding some of the changes for the upcoming Relay For Life of Second Life season. After several days of listening and having personal conversations with Team Captains and volunteers,  the Steering Committee and I feel it is important to amend and explain these changes.

Most importantly, we’d like to thank all of the volunteers who, over the years, have given so much of themselves, their time, and their donations. We understand that the Relay For Life of Second Life is very different than any other event in the world…and that there are many ways to Relay. We understand that not every volunteer has the resources to fundraise at the same levels, and that we have many teams who provide so much value to the spirit of community and support that is equally important to the event as the fundraising dollars. It’s what makes up the special “Spirit of Relay” that we care so much about.

That being said, we want for everyone to be more comfortable talking about fundraising. Dr. Gordy Klatt started Relay For Life because he wanted to do something in his community to raise money for the American Cancer Society because he understood that cancer research is very expensive.  He also understood that in order to raise substantial money, he needed to do something hard. He needed to challenge himself…and his friends. The fact that he was attempting to do something so hard is what motivated his friends and family to support him…with time and with donations. Relay For Life was never meant to be “easy.” If it were easy, we wouldn’t be doing it. We do it because we all embrace the challenge. We embrace the challenge because we all know a loved one who faced a much tougher challenge…and this is the least we can do to honor their memory. When we form a team, we make that commitment to work tirelessly to raise money…because we know that every dollar counts…and because we believe in the success of the American Cancer Society…and we know that without our fundraising dollars, we wouldn’t have the early prevention and treatment options that we do today.

OUR Relay’s most treasured tradition is our “One Team” spirit. It is the reason for our success and it is fueled by our Spirit of Relay. And so, in keeping with our Second Life Relay tradition, to embrace the passion as well the fundraising, to honor those who give of themselves, as well as those who give their Lindens, The Steering Committee has worked over the last several days to adjust the changes for 2016. In addition to these changes, we are also committed to improving the Awards program to raise the focus on the non-fundraising elements of Relay For Life.

  1. All teams with a fundraising total will appear on the Totals Page
  2. All teams will be listed on the “our teams” page (no change from last year)
  3. All teams on the Totals Page are eligible for a campsite
  4. The fundraising club levels will remain as they are…with Rising Star being the first level at $100
  5. We are introducing the Individual Convio Fundraising Club, where RL prizes can be won through Convio fundraising achievement

Please remember that the fundraising club is a recognition for accomplishment. It is a reward that should inspire teams to challenge themselves to reach as high as they can go. For some teams, the Rising Star level is a great accomplishment…and we will celebrate that! Because in order for us to reach our $300,000 goal for 2016…which will also be our $3 millionth all-time…we’re going to need EVERY team…EVERY dollar…EVERY linden.  And just as important, we’re going to need to work together to do it!  We thank you all for your commitment and your passion…and your trust in the Steering Committee. And we challenge every one of our teams to set their first goal at the Rising Star Level!!

WE WANT YOU ON THE TRACK!

With Sincere Gratitude,

 

Stingray Raymaker
Random Padar
Leala Spire
Nuala Maracas