Today was the Opening Ceremonies for this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2014! And under the leadership of Jessii2009 Warrhol, it got started off with a bang!
Nuala Maracas of T1Radio had the stream and I was listening in by remote to the proceedings, gotta tell ya, it was just an absolute fun time leading up to the official start. Jessii took over and then introduced herself and others on the committee for the season and believe me that was another highlight for me again this year. Cuddly Waffle, again provided service to the deaf community and certainly kepted up and a transcript follows my brief introduction as well!
Without further ado, here’s the transcript from the Opening Ceremony!
[09:25] Cuddly Waffle: Closed Captioning for MSABC Kick-Off coming up shortly! :D
[09:25] Robby Composer: yay
[09:26] jessii2009 Warrhol: ty cuddly!
[09:59] Cuddly Waffle: Closed Captioning for MSABC Kick-Off coming up in 2 mins :D
[09:59] Cuddly Waffle: One min xD
[09:59] Cuddly Waffle: The clock just trolled me :D
[10:02] Cuddly Waffle: Jessi: Thank you everyone for being a part of the 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life kickoff event. I am Jessii2009 Warrhol, Jessi to most of you and I am very honored to be your chair for this Strides season! Many of you are coming off a very rewarding relay season and it is a great joy to see all of you continuing on and working hard to beat cancer. The fight continues in our Season of Pink.
[10:03] Cuddly Waffle: Jessi: Before I continue on, I would like to give thanks to some very special individuals and organizations in Second Life. First I would like to thank our kick off sim sponsor, Azure Islands. Azure Islands has graciously provided this kickoff sim for this event. Thanks to our very first Pink Club Platinum Sponsor, Sol Existence. Support these two organizations, as they have supported us tremendously.
[10:03] Cuddly Waffle: Jessi: I would also like to thank a very familiar organization and that is T1 Radio, our official 2014 Broadcaster. I would also like to thank our 2014 Media Source, The Torch Entertainment Guide and our former news source, The SL Enquirer, for posting our initial press releases.
[10:03] Cuddly Waffle: Jessi: Very special thanks to Dope Magazine for spreading the word of strides throughout the urban community in Second Life. And special mentions to Daniel Voyager and Modem World’s Inara Pey, both who have generously provided coverage of Strides news. So very special thank you to all blogs, magazines, radio, and other news outlets that have covered strides so far for us, we appreciate each and every one of you. The media list could go on, but we are ready to kick off right?
[10:04] Cuddly Waffle: Jessi: Last but not least, I would like to thank my awesome planning committee. Starting with our ACS Staff partner Sting Raymaker, who could not be here today, due to real life. Next I would like to thank our 2015 Relay For Life of Second Life Chair, Random Darrow, who could not be with us today but is listening. So hello Random!
[10:04] Cuddly Waffle: Jessi: Very special thanks to Dawnbeam Dreamscape, 2015 Relay Steering Committee and to Nikki Mathieson and MamaP Beerbaum, my mentors during this Strides Season. Of course thanks to Gem Sunkiller my Co Chair. And thank you to the rest of the planning committee:
[10:05] Cuddly Waffle: Imzadi Amaterasu
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Cuddly is providing our captioning today!
[10:05] Cuddly Waffle: (Hello! :D)
[10:05] Cuddly Waffle: Jessi: When you see these people today or anytime throughout the Strides season, please give them a round of applause. I could not do it without such a dedicated group of people. During this kick off you will be taken through the history of Strides, learn about breast cancer, hear a touching story from a breast cancer survivor and her caregiver, and you will be given words for the season.
[10:06] Cuddly Waffle: JessI: We have many things in store for you, during this expanded Strides Season in Second Life. From awards to the very first Strides Walk in Second Life, which will take place at the end of our season in October. While our season may be larger and expanded, we will still provide a personal and special touch to the season. Everytime you see pink, remember why we make Strides.
[10:06] Cuddly Waffle: Jessi: Making Strides is positive, rewarding, and touching event to be a part of. It can also be filled with sadness, as we may lose those we love to breast cancer. But one thing we must do is to always remember to treat those who suffer from any type of cancer, whether breast cancer or another type of cancer, with dignity, honor, and love.
[10:07] Cuddly Waffle: Jessi: I would now like to introduce someone who is familiar to all of you. This person was a Co-chair for the 2010 Relay For Life Second Life Event. She was the Chair of both the 2011 and 2012 Relay For Life of Second Life Events. For the past two relays, she was the official mentor. I am very honored to call her my mentor for this year’s Strides season. With great honor I would like to introduce MamaP Beerbaum.
[10:07] Cuddly Waffle: Mama: Thank you Jessi. Thank you for asking me to be a part of our FIRST ever Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kick-off ceremony!! What a great job everyone has done this year getting Strides going. WE have never given Strides the attention it really needed. Well this year, that has all changed. Jessi and her committee have already done more than ever before, and they have so much planned for the next couple of months!
[10:08] Cuddly Waffle: I have been asked to read a poem:
What Cancer Cannot Do
Cancer is so limited….
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.
[10:08] Cuddly Waffle: Dawn: Hi Everybody, I’m Dawn! I am here to talk to you briefly about breast cancer and The American Cancer Society’s Role in Education to the public and Fighting Breast Cancer.
[10:08] Cuddly Waffle: Dawn: I am sure you all know, The American Cancer Society is the leader in the fight to end breast cancer.
[10:09] Cuddly Waffle: Dawn: We invest more in breast cancer research than any other cancer…to find, prevent, treat, and cure this disease.
[10:09] Cuddly Waffle: Dawn: We’re in every community providing free information and services to people fighting this disease. Today, 50% of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer turns to us for help and support. We want to see that number grow!
[10:09] Cuddly Waffle: Dawn: Over the past 20 years, we have helped more than 4 million women get potentially lifesaving breast cancer screening tests.
[10:09] Cuddly Waffle: Dawn: So what is breast cancer?
[10:10] Cuddly Waffle: Dawn: Breast cancer is a malignant growth that starts from cells of the breast. This tumor may grow and invade surrounding tissue and spread, or metastasize, to other areas of the body. Breast cancer occurs mainly in women, but many people do not realize men can get it, too.
[10:10] Cuddly Waffle: Dawn: Let’s talk about those boys.
[10:12] Cuddly Waffle: Dawn: The American Cancer Society estimates for breast cancer in men in the United States for 2014 :
About 2,360 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed
About 430 men will die from breast cance.
[10:12] Cuddly Waffle: Dawn: 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.
[10:12] Cuddly Waffle: Dawn: Men, however, ignore breast lumps or think they are caused by an infection or some other reason, and they do not get medical treatment until the mass has had a chance to grow. This can delay diagnosis and reduce the chance of successful treatment.
[10:12] Cuddly Waffle kicks group chat
[10:12] Cuddly Waffle: Dawn: Now for the girls, there is a lot more information on breast cancer
[10:12] Cuddly Waffle: Dawn: Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the United States. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.
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.
[10:12] Cuddly Waffle: Dawn: You can take an active role in preventing breast cancer by having screenings, making positive and healthy lifestyle changes. For more information please visit http://www.cancer.org.
[10:13] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: Good morning everyone, we are so glad you could join us as we kick off our 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life campaign. 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. In 1984, Massachusetts cancer survivor Margery Gould Rath wanted to find a way to celebrate fellow cancer survivors by raising funds for the American Cancer Society.
[10:13] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: The move-along-a-thon that she started with a group of friends and fellow cancer survivors drew 200 people that first year. In 1993, the event officially became known as the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, attracting 4,000 walkers at events in Boston and in Manchester, New Hampshire. Since that time, over 8 million walkers have participated in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in more than 300 communities across the country, our community here in Second Life has joined the fight.
[10:14] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: Why do we make strides some might ask. The reasons each walker participates is unique to that person, I Stride in honor of my sister Marcia, and in gratitude for the services provided by the ACS that helped save her life. She is now over 4 years cancer free and is fully enjoying her life.. Now I would like to focus on the reasons we Stride in light of how the funds raised by Making Strides Against Breast Cancer are used.
[10:14] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: We help people stay well: We help people understand what screening tests they need and the steps to take to protect themselves from breast cancer by developing prevention and early detection guidelines that are the industry standard.
[10:14] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: We help people get well: One in every two women newly diagnosed with breast cancer reaches out to the American Cancer Society for help and support.
[10:15] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: We help find cures: The American Cancer Society invests more in research to find, prevent, treat, and cure cancer than any other non-governmental organization. Unlike some organizations that support only breast cancer research, we also fund research to find cures for all types of cancer, because we know that discoveries in one area can often help find answers in another. As a result, we’ve played a role in nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough in recent history, including establishing mammography as the standard for breast cancer screening, discovering lifesaving treatments, and better understanding factors that can reduce our risk of getting breast cancer.
[10:16] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: We fight for all women: We fight for every woman threatened by every cancer in every community. We know that finding breast cancer early, when it is easiest to treat, can mean the difference between life and death. So, we provide screening guidelines, educate the public and health care professionals, and help ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.
[10:16] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: Together, we walk with passion, a passion that drives us to raise funds to walk in and raise money for Making Strides. We walk with power, Making Strides gives us the power, together to make a real difference in the fight to end breast cancer. We walk with purpose, joining together with more than a million volunteers across the country with the common purpose to end this disease. I look forward to seeing each of you on the track October 27th. Together we will finish the fight against Breast Cancer and Stride into a future with more birthdays.
I’ll hand the mic back to our 2014 Chair, Jessii Warrhol.
[10:17] Cuddly Waffle: Jessii: Thank you Gem for telling us about the Strides movement and why we make Strides. I am now going to introduce two very special people. These two special people will talk to you about their experience as both a breast cancer survivor and a breast cancer caregiver. These two people are an example of why we make Strides. I am honored to introduce LyricWinterwolf Composor and Robbie Composer.
[10:17] Cuddly Waffle: Robby and Lyric: Hello everybody! lovely to see everyone has pink on!
[10:18] Cuddly Waffle: Lyric: The m,ost important thing is to get your yearly mammograms. I learned the hard way with stage 3b breast cancer. How easily i could have caught it sooner with a yearly mammogram. i took a bath one day and noticed in the mirror an inverted nipple, and couldnt get it to come back out, so i saw my doctor and found a very large tender lump. It could have been caught much sooner.
[10:19] Cuddly Waffle: Lyric: Contact the ACS, there are programs that can help you do this.
[10:20] Cuddly Waffle: Robby: I didnt prepare anything to say, but as a caregiver, you just gotta be there for the person – Lyric – she found this problem and she made an appointment, and we thought ‘it’ll be okay’, but when she got home she was crying and i knew it was serious. We met on sl, and lived a thousand miles apart. She moved here. I went to every doctors appointment , was there in the room when she had her biopsy. I cant explain how hard it was.
[10:20] Cuddly Waffle: Robby: I went to every chemo… this January it will be 2 years cancer free. She still has aches and pain s left over from the chemo. We just help each other along, but its been quite a road.
[10:21] Cuddly Waffle: Robby: She’s everything to me and i’ll always be there for her, whatever she needs. I dont know what else to say really.. thankyou all for for helping us to fight this, because we need to find a cure.
[10:22] Cuddly Waffle: Lyric: All i can say is thankyou so much to the ACS, they had no many programs that were available for me, that helped me get through this and without peolple like you guys listening, these programs wouldnt be available. I just want to say thank you!
[10:22] Cuddly Waffle: Jessi: Thank you both Lyric and Robbie for such touching stories. They are why we make Strides.
[10:22] Cuddly Waffle: Jessi: Gem is going to go over awards and events this season!
[10:22] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: We have awards this year, let me read you a bit about them. If you have questions feel free to ask later.
[10:23] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: Margery Gould Rath Award: This award is named after the founder of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movement. The award is awarded to the individual who embraces the concept, spirit, and message of Making Strides with humility, care, and dedication.
[10:23] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: Making Strides Awareness Award: This award is awarded to the individual who has spread the concept, message, and mission of Making Strides in Second Life the most.
[10:23] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: Friends of Strides Award: This award is awarded to individuals throughout the Second Life community, who have contributed to the Making Strides season in Second Life in various ways.
[10:23] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: Pink Club Sponsor Awards: These awards are given to individuals who have registered and completed the process to become a sponsor.
[10:23] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: Award levels:
Pink Club Platinum Sponsor Award
Pink Club Gold Sponsor Award
Pink Club Silver Sponsor Award
Pink Club Bronze Sponsor Award
[10:24] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: Pink Striders Award: Awarded to individuals who complete the stride lap hunt challenges during the 2014 Making Strides Event Day Ceremony in October.
[10:24] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: Tickle Me Pink Award: Awarded to individuals who gave us those funny and laughable moments throughout the 2014 Making Strides season.
[10:24] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: Pink Power Award: Awarded to individuals who took “wearing pink” to an entire new level!
[10:24] Cuddly Waffle: Gem:
We also have committee sponsored events:
I FEEL, YOU FEEL HUNT:
DATES: September 21 to October 31, 2014
[10:24] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: SEASONS OF PINK SURVIVOR & CAREGIVERS BALL:
DATE: September 28, 2014:
[10:25] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: THINK PINK WEEK:
Dates: October 1, 2014 to October 8, 2014:
[10:25] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: RAFFLE ME PINK:
DATES: October 12 to October 18, 2014
[10:25] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: SEASONS OF PINK FASHION EVENT
DATES: October 23-25
[10:25] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER ACROSS SL WALK
DATE: October 26, 2014
[10:25] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: PINK COSTUME BALL
DATE: October 31, 2013
[10:25] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: Wrapup & Awards Ceremony
November 1, 2014
[10:25] Cuddly Waffle: Gem: Lets not forget our individual and group events, some which have already occurred!!
You can find everything at our website: makingstridessl.org
[10:26] Cuddly Waffle: Jessii: Thanks again to all of our speakers and organizers for our kick off. Before we officially open the 2014 Making Strides season Second Life, I would like to say a few words in closing.
[10:26] Cuddly Waffle: Jessii: I first learned about breast cancer, when I was 14 and the mom of my best friend, was diagnosed with this disease. I did not quite understand it, but I knew what cancer was. My best friend’s mom was not so lucky and lost her fight with breast cancer two years later.
[10:27] Cuddly Waffle: Jessii: Breast cancer would impact my life again, but this time about 10 years ago. It would hit the mum of my closest friend. You know this friend as Johannes1977 Resident or John. His mum, Katherine, was a two time breast cancer survivor. She taught me that having breast cancer meant that you had to be prepared to fight harder. That you had to live with the side effects of chemotherapy and that you had to keep pushing yourself harder each day. She was a fighter, she made Strides and so did her family with her. And guess what? She lived, beating it both times.
[10:27] Cuddly Waffle: Jessii: Katherine recently passed away a few weeks ago and I am proud to say, not due to breast cancer and that is why I stand here, for the advances in research and treatments, from your donations, is why Katherine wore the proud title of two time breast cancer survivor. I will make my Strides in honor of Katherine. For she is the one who taught me that me about breast cancer and she taught me that even in the darkest hour, never lose hope. Katherine, this Season of Pink is for you, from me.
[10:28] Cuddly Waffle: Jessii: I look at each and every one of you here and I see hope and joy for the future, a future where no one has to suffer from breast cancer anymore. A future where no one will die from breast cancer. A future where breast cancer becomes a thing of the past, part of history. We have the awesome responsibility of being change agents–agents who will make Strides so that no one has to hear the words, “You have breast cancer” ever again.
[10:28] Cuddly Waffle: Jessii: As you wear your pink, rezz those mission posters, or set out those kiosks, do so with pride. Make new friends and connect with others throughout Second Life, as we embark on making our strides. And as you are making those strides throughout Second Life and in real life, whether as a breast cancer sufferer, a breast cancer survivor, a breast cancer caregiver, or in memory of someone you lost, I challenge you to make sure that each and every one of those strides is full of caring, full of dedication, full of hope, full of optimism, and of course always full of love.
[10:29] Cuddly Waffle: Jessii: Thank you all and welcome to the 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Across Second Life Season of Pink. It is now officially open. Please stick around for our entertainment, starting with DJ Madonna Milenia, followed by DJ Scott Criss, A special Nickleback Tribute Concert by Millcreek Road, and the Second Life Cheerleading Squad. Also remember to stick around for the debut of the T1 Radio Show, Getting in Stride with Tee and Nuala.
A big round of applause for Cuddly Waffle and her talents to provide this, also a shout out to Wildstar Beaumont for taking screenshots as well, link provided below!