Am Xcited for…

Yes am excited about finding out to being accepted as an official blogger for the SL Christmas Expo…first Christmas is my favorite holiday and not for gifts but everything just looks so festive, people are kinder and also means snow ~ YAY I love snow…also the Expo is part of Relay for Life something that I have participated in RL as well as SL ~ let me give you a little history about “Relay for Life

History of Relay For Life

One person can make a difference. Nowhere is that more evident than with the story of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, which began in Tacoma, Washington. In the mid-1980s, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma colorectal surgeon, wanted to enhance the income of his local American Cancer Society office and to show support for all of his patients who had battled cancer. He decided to personally raise money for the fight by doing something he enjoyed – running marathons. In May 1985, Dr. Klatt spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He ran for more than 83 miles. That first year, nearly 300 of Dr. Klatt’s friends, family, and patients watched as he ran and walked the course. Throughout the night, friends donated $25 to run or walk with Dr. Klatt for 30 minutes. His efforts raised $27,000 to fight cancer. While circling the track those 24 hours, Dr. Klatt thought about how others could take part in his mission to fight cancer. He envisioned a 24-hour team relay event that could raise more money to fight cancer. Over the next few months, he pulled together a small committee to plan the first team relay event, known as the City of Destiny Classic 24-Hour Run Against Cancer. In 1986, with the help of Pat Flynn – now known as the “Mother of Relay” – 19 teams took part in the first team Relay event on the track at the historic Stadium Bowl and raised $33,000. An indescribable spirit prevailed at the track and in the tents that dotted the infield. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Thanks to Relay participants, the American Cancer Society continues to save lives. 

This is something am very passionate about as I have seen close friends fade and pass away long before they should of due to cancer ~ my heart breaks having had to say goodbye to each of them ~ even now my eyes well up with tears as some were just taken way too soon from family and friends ~ if you ever have done a RL Relay for Life it is one of the most fantastic experiences that you will keep the memories of forever ~ from basically staying up most of the night with the little side things that organizers kept you going like scavenger hunts, karoke, and other things that I do have to laugh at ~ was fun, at times you sat by a campfire listening to stories that were overwhelming heartbreaking but you could just feel the support ~ Second Life has been a huge supporter of RLF and a lot of times has come in close to the top team to donate out of 5,000 teams world wide ~ SL has raised over 2.5 million dollars for the fight against cancer ~ am proud to be a part of this again ~ there will be lotz to do, snowman building contests, raffles, entertainment and so much more ~ please stick around as I will be getting you all the information when it is available…My wish is that everyone will take time out to visit this Christmas Expo…hugzz and remember life is too short to hate ♥

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