Mission Monday ~ The Society in Second Life

We have our very own page on cancer.org!!!

Be a virtual volunteer in a 3D event!


Second Life® is the largest ever 3D virtual world built entirely by its users. It’s also the home of a different type of American Cancer Society community event – a virtual one. Since its inception in 2004, Relay For Life of Second Life has raised over $2 million for the fight against cancer. Team members do many of the same things that you see at a live Relay event. They walk 3D world laps, light virtual Luminaria, and make donations using digital currency Linden dollars. In addition, in 2014, a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer virtual event was also added to Second Life.

Mission Facts


All the the American Cancer Society does begins and ends with the mission in mind.

A mission statement is a brief description of an organization’s fundamental purpose. It answers the question, “Why do we exist?” Think of it as the, “Who, What, Where, When, Why, How?”

The mission for the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

The American Cancer Society has an international mission

The American Cancer Society’s international mission concentrates on capacity building in developing cancer societies and on collaboration with other cancer-related organizations throughout the world in carrying out shared strategic directions.

The Relay For Life® Mission Statement

The hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.

The goal of the American Cancer Society is to provide support, information, and resources to all the individuals that need it through our programs and services accessible through our toll-free number 800-227-2345 and Website www.cancer.org

At cancer.org you can:

Learn about Cancer, Find out how to Stay Healthy, Find Support and Treatment, Explore Research and Get Involved!

For over 100 years the American Cancer Society has been leading the way to transform cancer from deadly to preventable. YOU and all you do makes a difference in the effort to eliminate cancer in our lifetime!!!!!

Mission Monday ~ Look Good Feel Better


Look Good Feel Better is a free national public service program provided through collaboration of the American Cancer Society, The Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association.


Look Good Feel Better is dedicated to improving the self-esteem and quality of life of people undergoing treatment for cancer. It is our aim to improve their self image and appearance through complimentary group, individual and self-help beauty sessions that create a sense of support, confidence, courage and community.

In addition to the U.S. program, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation oversees a global network of 25 licensed affiliates that deliver Look Good Feel Better support programs in countries across the globe.  Collectively, the 26-country network has served more than 1.7 million people living with cancer on six continents since the program began in 1989.

To learn more go to lookgoodfeelbetter.org or call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.

2016 Fundraising Tools Are Here!

kioskThe 2016 Relay For Life of Second Life Fundraising Tools are available in the Volunteer Center at ACS Island.

The offseason tools will disappear from the grid, automatically, during the week. When you rez your fundraising tools, they will recognize which team you’re on and automatically set themselves to your team number. If you want to change the team number, just click the tool and in the menu, select Setup–>Team #. And then type the new team number in local chat!

The tool setup has not changed from last year. If you need assistance in learning how to configure your fundraising tools, check out these videos:

How to set up a kiosk:

How to set up a vendor: 

Basics of vendors:

Gotya Vendor:

Shared Vendor:

Setting up a raffle:

Or you can contact a member of the committee.


A Lavender Affair

A Lavender Affair(1)

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!


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!


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


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