Support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2019

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has, for the last several years, been a signature event for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of Second Life, focused on – as the name implies – the issue of breast cancer.

Around 1.6 million women and men are diagnosed with breast cancer very year, which equates to around 270,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer per year in the United States and around 55,000 in the UK alone. It’s a cause I’ve always supported throughout my time in Second Life, although I will admit it was something brought a lot closer to home for me when I was diagnosed with DCIS – ductal carcinoma in situ, a form of non-invasive breast cancer. I was fortunate enough to be diagnosed early – but many around the world are not so fortunate, and breast cancer remains the second largest (by diagnosis) form of cancer to impact people world-wide; hence to focus of Makes Strides.

In keeping with the changes made in 2018 to Making Strides fund-raising in Second Life, this year will see two major events take place to raise funds to help with the detection, treatment and, ultimately, prevention of breast cancer world-wide: the Out Shop Cancer event and the Making Strides Walk-a-Thon.

ACS has recently put out a final call for merchants to join the Out Shop Cancer event, as well a call for participants in the 2019 Walk-a-Thon, which this year forms a part of the Pink Power Fest; details of both can be found below for those interested in participating in either event.

Out Shop Cancer

  • Dates: throughout October 2019.
  • SLurl: all across the grid – HUD based.

This is a grid-wide shopping event starting on October 1st, 2019 and ending on October 31st. Merchants are being asked to support it by designating specific items that will be sold either in their in-world stores or on the Second Life Marketplace store (or both) as a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer programmes and services.

When the event opens, shoppers will be able to obtain a special HUD enabling them to teleport to participating stores in world and find items on the Marketplace and make purchases, with the funds going to RFL of SL / ACS.

In 2018, 40 merchants participated in the event, and this year ACS is hoping to see 50 or more join in.

Because breast cancer is the 2nd most diagnosed cancer, and because Second Life gives us the opportunity to explore so many different forms of expression, we are planning a shopping experience that will offer something to as many types of avatars as possible. This means that we need a cross-section of designers and creators to represent fashion, hair, accessories, skins/shapes, A/Os, recreation, art, and anything else that would interest men, women, children, and non-human avatars in Second Life.

– Sandie Slate, ACS Event Lead for Make Strides Out Shop Cancer

Merchants willing to take part should follow the links below:

The Pink Power Fest and Making Strides Walk-a-Thon

  • Dates: Saturday, October 19th through Saturday, October 26th, 2019.
  • SLurl: TBA

This year’s Make Strides Walk-a-Thon will be the kick-off event for the 2019 Pink Power Fest, it will run from 10:00 through 18:00 on Saturday, October 19th.

Walkers are invited to join in throughout the 10 hours of the event and participate for as long as they can, walking the track and raising money from their donors for each lap they complete – tool will be provided to track their progress, allowing them to collect the pledges of supporters. Laps will be accompanied by music throughout, adding to the festive air.

If you would like to participate in the walk and obtain pledges from your SL friends and family who are willing to support you, please follow the links below:

In addition, the Pink Power Fest will feature daily events including live music and entertainment from singers, tribute bands and DJs gathering for the festival from across the grid. There will also be raffles, gachas, and vendors, with all donations & proceeds going to the American Cancer Society and the work in treating and preventing breast cancer. On Saturday, October 26th, the Fest will close with the Harvest of Hope Gala, honouring all Survivors & Caregivers, and remember those we have lost. I hope to have more information on the specifics of all of these events and activities in due course.

Hosting your Own Breast Cancer Event

This year, ACS is also inviting SL residents to host their own October event to support Making Strides, with a September 18th ACS announcement noting:

If you would like to plan your own breast cancer fundraiser, you’re encouraged to work within your community or group in Second Life to organize your own Strides Campaign. Make sure to let the American Cancer Society know about it by completing the ACS Calendar Event Submission Form so we can share it with others.

All Strides Campaigns must use the official Strides fundraising tools that are provided by the American Cancer Society. Fundraising campaigns may include events, hunts, shows, sales, or simply putting out a donation kiosk at your club or store throughout the month of October.

Individuals and groups wishing to do so should read the ACS announcement, complete the form linked-to in the quote above, and then obtain their free fund-raising tools via the Second Life Marketplace or by going to the Strides office on the American Cancer Society island.

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2018: the full season

via Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life

Some 1.7 million women – and men – were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, the most recent year for which detailed statistics are available. It is currently believed that the figure remains around the 1.6 million mark world-wide, which equates to around 270,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer per year in the United States and around 55,000 in the UK alone.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a signature event by the American Cancer Society to raise awareness of, and funds to counter / treat breast cancer, and it is marked in Second Life very October with the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) Across Second Life event.

For 2018, MSABC Across Second Life will be holding an expanded season of events through October, a couple of which I’ve previously blogged about, and on which ACS and the MSABC team issued more information on Friday, September 7th, 2018.

In all five events are planned for the month, offering a broad range of options by which Second Life users can donate money that will expressly go into the work involved in treating and researching breast cancer and its causes. Full details of the events can be found on the MSABC Across Second Life website, and I’ve summarised the key points below.

Photos For A Cure

  • Dates: now through until Sunday, September 30th, 2018.
  • Theme: The Rat Pack
  • Sponsor: SKYY Games

Photographers across Second Life are invited to share their artistic talents by submitting a photo that they feel best reflects the Photos For A Cure theme to the MSABC Across Second Life Flickr group.  A prize pool of L$22,500  is available for the photos judged as best reflecting the theme. For contest rules and details, visit the Photos For A Cure on the Making Strides website.

Out-Shop Breast Cancer

  • Dates: Monday, October 1st through Wednesday October 31st, 2018.
  • SLurl: all across the grid – HUD based.

Get your shopping HUD at the American Cancer Society Island, then visit the variety of stores who have committed to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. The more you buy, the greater the funds raised for MSABC.

Out-Shop Breast Cancer and Parade of Homes

Parade of Homes

  • Dates: Monday, October 1st through Wednesday October 31st, 2018.
  • SLurl: all across the grid – HUD based.

Collect a Parade of Homes HUD from the American Cancer Society Island and use it to hop to the participating designs and discover your dream home for Second Life. This is a perfect opportunity to discover some of the great home designers in Second Life, get your new home, and fight breast cancer – all at the same time.

The parade of homes will conclude with a special live auction for a L$90,000 dream home, donated by Slash Hansome, owner of AXL pro – check the MSABC website for details in October!

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk-A-Thon

  • Date:  Saturday, October 20th, 2018.
  • Registration opens: Saturday, September 15th, 2018 (walkers); Sunday, September 16th, 2018 (sponsors).
  • SLurl: check the MSABC Across SL website.

Get your walking shoes ready and join other walkers at the 2018 Strides Walk track. The Walk-a-Thon will take place between 10:00 to 18:00, with walkers invited to join in throughout for as long as they can. Music will be provided throughout the event, and there will likely be an after-walk party.

Walkers will be provided with tools to track the number of laps they complete around the track, allowing them to collect pledges from their supporters. Awards will be presented for Top fund-raiser, most laps completed, most sponsors (pledges), and Overall Top Walker.

Registrations, once open, will be available through the MSABC Across SL website.

Breast Cancer Gala

The annual gala event will celebrate breast cancer patients, survivors, and pay homage to loved ones that are no longer with us. This is a chance to meet new people,  reconnect with old friends, and share stories with others about your personal connection to breast cancer. This is a formal attire event with special live performances. Donations are encouraged throughout the event.

Meet the Challenge

In 2017, the Making Strides campaign raised over US $10,000 for the American Cancer Society. For 2018, the MSABC team would like to beat that total – so why not be a part of the efforts by taking part in one or more of these events throughout October?

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the United States, uniting more than 300 communities across the country. Every breast cancer walk run during the MSABC’s season is seen as an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honour those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness on how the risk of breast cancer can be reduced, and to raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services and access to mammograms for women who need them.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2018 in Second Life

via Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life MSABC), and to celebrate, the MSABC team are running not one, but two major events through their primary fund-raising month of October, with registrations for both now open through until mid-August.

The two events, the Out Shop Cancer Shopping Event and the 2018 Strides Parade of Homes in SL. will both run from October 1st through 31st, 2018, and you can find out more about both below.

Out Shop Cancer Shopping Event

via Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life

The Out Shop Cancer Shopping Event expands on the traditional fund-raising shopping event, by taking participating shoppers out across the gird to the main stores of participating creators and merchants, rather than offering limited space for stalls and shoppers within an event region.

Participating stores are required to have at least one MSABC vendor and / or gacha with proceeds going to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Second Life. Two vendors types will be available: 100% of proceeds to MSABC and a 50% split between the store and MSABC. A registration fee for participation is also  applicable, and registration and sponsorship fees are non-refundable.

Shoppers will be able to visit participating stores either via a special MSABC teleport HUD, or via a web-based shopping guide with SLurls.

Merchants wishing to participate should note that space on the HUD is limited, and offered on a first come, first serve, basis. However, all participating stores will be listed on the MSABC web shopping guide, and via social media channels and in-world note cards. Participating designers will be listed on a board during official Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Second Life events.

There will be a special means for SL Marketplace only stores to participate in the event. For full details on the event, including how to participate from the SL Marketplace, please use the following MSABC links:

*** Merchant registration and fees are due by August 15, 2018 ***

via Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life

2018 Strides Parade of Homes in Second Life

The 2018 Strides Parade of Homes in Second Life will take people on a tour of some of Second Life’s newest Dream Homes, decorated by top Second Life home decor specialists, with beautiful landscaping features from top Second Life garden and landscaping pros. So, whether you are ready for a change or move in Second Life or planning for the new year, Parade of Homes gives you the opportunity to get everything you need for your SL dreams while supporting MSABC.

The event invites all Second Life builders, interior designers, and home and garden creators to show off their incredible talent. There is a non-refundable fee of L$1000 for participation as a builder / landscaper, and combining talents (builder, landscaper and interior designer is encouraged among participants). Builds can be any size from fitting on a 1024 up to a mansion, and  skyboxes are included.

Participating builds are to be hosted in the location / store determined by those presenting them, and must be available for the entire month of October 2018. All participating builds / designs will be included on a MSABC Parade of Homes HUD, enabling shoppers / customers, etc., to visit them.

For full details on the event builders, landscapers and designers should refer to the following MSABC links:

*** Merchant registration and fees are due by August 15, 2018 ***

About MSABC

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the United States, uniting more than 300 communities to finish the fight. Every breast cancer walk and event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honour those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our breast cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services, and access to mammograms for women who need them.

 

MSABC: those boots / shoes / slippers… were made for walking in

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk

As I noted in a previous post, the first Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk will be taking place in Second Life on Sunday, October 26th, 2014.

The event will take place around a track laid out across two regions adjacent to the American Cancer Society island, and will run from 09:00 SLT through until 17:00 SLT, and be followed by a special party from 17:00-19:00 SLT, giving everyone the opportunity to drop in and help raise funds for ACS as a part of the overall RFL drive.

There will be hourly themed walks, allowing people to get fully into the sing of things, with a special Survivor and Caregiver Hour from 11:00 through noon, and a Remembrance Ceremony from 16:00 through 17:00.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk

The regions have been beautifully dressed to provide a summer-like walk through woodlands, with an oval cobbled path forming the track, lined with small cabins where sponsors and supporters of MSABC are offering items for sale (all proceeds of which go directly to MSABC / RFL or SL). I’ve given graciously been given a little cabin of my own!

In the centre of the two regions are places to meet and chat with friends, spaces to rest and remember, a pergola were various activities will be held – even a maze to enjoy. The schedule of activities remains as previously published, and I’m including it here for reference:

  • 09:00-10:00 – T1 Radio
  • 10:00-11:00 – Opening Ceremony
  • 11:00-12:00 – Survivor & Caregiver Hour
  • 12:00-13:00 – Boot It Up Hour: wear your favorite boots as you walk around the Stride’s path
  • 13:00-14:00 – International Spirit Hour: wave your country’s flag as you walk around the Stride’s path
  • 14:00-15:00  – Hat’s Aplenty Hour: stride the path in your favourite hat
  • 15:00-16:00 – Let’s Get Hopping Hour: grab a hopper and bounce your way around the path
  • 16:00-17:00 – Remembrance Ceremony: remembering those who lost their fight against breast cancer
  • 17:00-19:00 – Time Machine Special: it’s back to the 1960’s with DJ Trader1 Whiplash!
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk

So why not take a little time on Sunday and join the walk?

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the United States, uniting more than 300 communities across the country. Every breast cancer walk run during the MSABC’s season is seen as an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honour those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness on how the risk of breast cancer can be reduced, and to raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services and access to mammograms for women who need them.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk

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MSABC: get ready to walk against breast cancer

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in SL  (MSABC) team have announced the next major event in this year’s calendar of activities: the first MSABC Walk.

Scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 26th, the MSABC Walk will be an all-day event, kicking-off a 09:00 SLT, with a series of themed laps around the Making Strides Walk regions, adjacent to the  American Cancer Society island, and culminating in a special Pink Power Time Machine Special event with Trader1 Whiplash, starting at 17:00 SLT and running through until 19:00.

The walk will see hourly themes throughout the day, and SL residents are invited to pop along and participate for as long as they like, and show support for MSABC and the American Cancer Society with their donations.

The full schedule will be as follows, remember all times SLT, 24-hour clock notation, as usual!

  • 09:00-10:00 – T1 Radio
  • 10:00-11:00 – Opening Ceremony
  • 11:00-12:00 – Survivor & Caregiver Hour
  • 12:00-13:00 – Boot It Up Hour: wear your favorite boots as you walk around the Stride’s path
  • 13:00-14:00 – International Spirit Hour: wave your country’s flag as you walk around the Stride’s path
  • 14:00-15:00  – Hat’s Aplenty Hour: stride the path in your favourite hat
  • 15:00-16:00 – Let’s Get Hopping Hour: grab a hopper and bounce your way around the path
  • 16:00-17:00 – Remembrance Ceremony: remembering those who lost their fight against breast cancer
  • 17:00-19:00 – Time Machine Special: it’s back to the 1960’s with DJ Trader1 Whiplash!

I’ll have more on this event later in the week. for now – mark the date in your diary!

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the United States, uniting more than 300 communities across the country. Every breast cancer walk run during the MSABC’s season is seen as an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honour those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness on how the risk of breast cancer can be reduced, and to raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services and access to mammograms for women who need them.

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MSABC: are you ready for Think Pink week?

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (MSABC) in SL is underway, and run through until the end of October. With activates taking place across the grid, and kiosks available in stores ,clubs and venues to allow people to donate to the cause, and the I Feel, You Feel hunt underway, The MSABC in SL committee want to get people in a pink mood through the first week of October, with Think Pink Week.

think.pink“From October 1 to 8, 2014 avatars in Second Life will spread the message of pink throughout the grid, in order to raise awareness about breast cancer,” the MSABC chair, Jessii2009 Warrhol states in a press release about the week’s activities. “During this special week we will have fun themes, events, and contests to make you think pink! Below is a schedule of committee ran events and contests.”

The week will be marked with events taking place each day from Wednesday October 1st through until Wednesday October 8th inclusive, and everyone is invited to participate.

  • Wednesday, October 1st, 2014: Pink Ribbon Day – show your support for breast cancer awareness by wearing a pink ribbon throughout the day in Second Life
  • Thursday, October 2nd, 2014: Pink Shoe Day – help stomp out cancer by wearing pink shoes, boots, flip-flops, or pink feet!
  • Friday, October 3rd, 2014: Pink Denim Day – in the physical world, the American Cancer Society in association with Lee Jeans runs National Denim Day, with Lee Jeans donating US$5.00 every sale to the American Cancer Society. In SL, the MSABC team ask that you wear denim attire and/or buy the special par of mesh jeans for only L$5,00 each at the MSABC kiosk on the American Cancer Society island
  • Saturday, October 4th, 2014: Pink Your Parcel Day – turn your house, grass, and trees pink! Send us a photo and enter the special Pink Your Parcel photo contest. (Please see the note card available at the MSABC in SL kiosk on the American Cancer Society island for information on submit contest photos)
  • Sunday, October 5th, 2014: Pink Spirit Day – drop-in at the American Cancer Society Island for a day long party with live DJs and music
  • Monday, October 6th, 2014: Mission Pink – learn about the Making Strides mission and help us spread the word of Strides throughout Second Life, by placing your mission posters (available from the MSABC in SL kiosk on the American Cancer Society island) at your SL home or business
  • Tuesday, October 7th, 2014: Pink Swag Day – put on your best pink attire and show off your pink swag throughout the day. Go entirely pink and enter the Pink Swag Day photo contest!
  • Wednesday, October 8th, 2014: Pink Honor & Remembrance Day – as Think Pink Week ends, it is time to honour and remember those who have lost their fight against breast cancer. Honour a loved one by place the special pink ribbon at your Second Life home or business. Enter a special dedication to a loved one to be displayed on the MSABC in SL website.
The MSABC information kiosk on the American Cancer Society island
The MSABC information kiosk on the American Cancer Society island

Why Not Run Your Own Think Pink Event?

Clubs, shops, groups and venues across SL are invited to run their own Think Pink Week event. It doesn’t have to run for the whole week or even a whole day – as long as it meets the aims of MSABC in SL in raising awareness about breast cancers (and helps raise funds for the American Cancer Society!).

Simply pick-up a fundraising toolkit from the MSABC kiosk, make sure your event meets the MSABC in SL fundraising guidelines and then pass on details of the event to the MSABC team through the events submissions page on the website. They’ll then promote it through the official MSABC social media sites and on the Strides Fundraising Event Boards in Second Life.

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer or MSABC is the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the United States, uniting more than 300 communities across the country. Every breast cancer walk run during the MSABC’s season is seen as an incredible and inspiring opportunity to honour those who have battled breast cancer, raise awareness on how the risk of breast cancer can be reduced, and to raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with research, information, services and access to mammograms for women who need them.

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