.. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer across Second Life ..

The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life season starts in just a few days!  Sharing post from the Relay For Life of Second Life website …

 

MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER ACROSS SECOND LIFE
seasons-of-pink1 The 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life season will begin on September 1, 2014 and will continue until October 31, 2014.

The theme for the 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life is “Seasons of Pink”. Making Strides Against  Breast Cancer Across Second Life is part of the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life of Second Life.

The 2014 Making Strides Committee is led by Jessii2009 Warrhol, Chair and Gem Sunkiller, Co-Chair.

About Breast Cancer:

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, other than skin cancer. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer.

The chance of a woman having invasive breast cancer some time during her life is about 1 in 8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 36. Breast cancer death rates have been going down. This is probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatment. Right now there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.

Breast cancer also occurs in men. The American Cancer Society estimates for breast cancer in men in the United States for 2014 are:

  • About 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed
  • About 430 men will die from breast cancer

Breast cancer is about 100 times less common among men than among women. For men, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. The number of breast cancer cases in men relative to the population has been fairly stable over the last 30 years.

About Making Strides Against Breast Cancer:

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

For more information please visit the sites below:

http://makingstridessl.wordpress.com/

http://makingstrides.acsevents.org/

http://www.cancer.org/

~~ A Forest, A Friend, A Tribute ~~

Through our journey in our Second Life, we meet so many avatars – some become close friends and many remain acquaintances.  Some we see daily, some we see occasionally and some we see on the rare occasion – perhaps at a social event.  As we lose touch with the avatars (and the people behind them), we are truly never certain why.  In some cases, we might be blessed to have found a friendship that crosses the boundaries of Second Life into our first life.  This is the case with Giancarlo Takacs and geko Stoop.  These two avatars crossed the boundary after geko had lived on Gian’s estate for a while truly contributing the success of his estate, and she visited Gian’s home country.  They moved from acquaintance to friend to business partner to confidantes.  Why, you might ask, am I sharing this?  Well, geko lost her battle with cancer in February 2010, and Gian lost his “baby sister”, his confidante.

After her passing, Gian decided that because this young lady was such an important person in his lives (second and first), he wanted to pay tribute in some manner.  geko touched so many in Second Life and Gian felt that a memorial set in the Costa Rica Sims Estate made perfect sense.  When geko was visiting real life Costa Rica, she toured beautiful forests.  After that tour, Gian has said that she was in ‘awe of the forests’ and found ‘her home”.  She stated she would love to live in a little cottage in a forest such as these.  Gian set to find the best creators to assist in his plan.  His friend, Maurice Messmer, joined him to turn the vision of this forest into Second Life “virtuality”.  Very quickly, this vision was realized and geko Stoop’s Memorial Forest was created on the Puntarenas 1 sim.  Others assisting Gian with making this forest “come to life” include Colleen Bracken, Jon Haskell, Moonde Magic, Felicity Sneerwell, Tunes Meness and Ub Yifu.

Entering geko Stoop's Memorial Forest on Puntarenas 1

geko Stoop, the "Lady Godiva of Second Life" - a statue by Ub Yifu

As you enter the forest’s landing point inside a little tin roofed shack, you will find the reason behind this memorial…  and from there you can explore paths beyond the beautiful statue by Ub Yifu of geko on her horse (which is how Gian first met his friend) and you will see beautiful flora and fauna.  The water features are outstanding with many waterfalls, a rushing river and a quiet spring-like area.  The elevation of this sim is great as well, with a tower you can also walk up into for an even better vantage point.  Be sure to cross the river on one of the swinging rope bridges and visit the shack at the top of the mountain where you can find out more how forests can help provide medicinal cures and other info.  Here you will also find that you can purchase a pair of beautiful blue butterflies created by Tunes Meness in memory of geko.  All proceeds from these will go to the American Cancer Society!  And keep in mind, there is a pavilion where you can bring a friend for a dance as it is outfitted with an in-tan system.

Waterfall Crashing into River

Water Features by the Trails

Fast Moving River Rushing Through the Forest

All in all, it is a nice way to spend a little time in Second Life.  To walk through and see the great attention to detail and just how this forest represents reality is rewarding.  Knowing that it originated to honor the memory of a young lady loved by so many is even more heart-warming.  Take a moment to reflect in the beauty of nature and remember those friends, both past and present, that are special to you.

The Shack - A Gathering Place Above the Forest

I hope you will take the time to visit another one of Second Life’s beautiful spots… and enjoy 🙂

‘Til Next Time…

~Sunshine