My March 8th, 2015 Relay Moment

My very first Relay Moment was on Saturday March 12, 2011 at the kick off ceremony at this BOSL Stadium. I had just found Relay and had the good fortune to joined Harmony of Hope, as deer in the headlights volunteers, I mean completely oblivious to what I got into.

2011 RFL kickoff Celebrations1Well it didn’t take long for me to leap into the unknown, again, I mean within minutes of the first team meeting, when I ask how Harmony of Hope promote themselves on Social Media? Random who was the team captain, basically said they didn’t, but sounds like you will be our social media promoters and promptly volunteered me to the role, and I dove into it.

Next thing I know, I am now on the committee under Poppy Zabelin, in the co-chair of PR role and working with MamaP Beerbaum, Nikki Matherson, Dwen Dooley, Trader Whiplash and so many others wonderful people that first year.

I do remember how I felt, and what I first believed, about Relay For Life of Second Life’s potential could be, with the right pieces. I shared some of my insights and feelings in the end of season report Poppy and I wrote, that fall. I still have it. In it are suggestions to work with the ACS to get information on cancer progress and mission. Build of our Social Media presences, coordinate with all radio, streaming channels partners, photographers, machinimas creators and all news organizations all over Second Life. And that we need to push into the part of the grid that never heard of Relay For Life of Second Life and since For Life of Second Life is worldwide, we should focus on that too.

Since my time that first year, all my friends and mentor have matured on to other roles, on to other challenges, still spreading Relay, influencing new people, new teams, new ideas, as well all have because that is the nature of Second Life with server and view improvements. We embrace change. We fight through bugs, lag and keep coming. We are that unstoppable tide.

But today’s kick off was something special for me. One might say it a new entry on my Relay moments list. I was brought back full circle, just as one would lap a Relay track, back to that first Relay moment. Again I was moved by a similar euphoria from the crowd around me, over the words I was hearing. As cast an eye on the work everyone has done leading up for this seasons and the growth in promotions across so many media channels, Nikki recording the ceremony in video, Ishatar recording voice, media people and promotions everywhere, I just had to shared my silent giggle.

I truly believe, 2015 is going to be another record setting year, one that will make 2014 look like a warm up for the champion fight. The very heart of what I think that makes Relay For Life of Second Life, so flipping amazing, is that Second Life is essentially a social media network, on steroids. WE the users, are beautiful fanatical and passionate people, that chose to live in a world with no borders and able to create the unimaginable. How could we not succeed?

I would guess 3/4 or more, of the worldwide Second Life grid, still does not know about Relay For Life of Second Life. And I am also guessing that if every team made a sustained effort all season long, to reach out into that unknown grid and shouted our international message, I would NOT have to guess at what those results would look like.

In 2011 and I still do today, firmly believe Relay For Life of Second Life has the potential to have a million dollar season. My tears today, besides being wept for the wonderful words of people I admire, is that we will break half million dollars, in 2015.

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DR. WHO PARTY Commemorates 50 Years

The Relay for Life Tri Group threw a Dr. Who party September 15 on a wonderful set created by Team Captain Banker Ibor. The party commemorates the 50th anniversary of Dr. Who.

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Banker was the DJ for the party with a great mix of theme based Dr. Who music and dance party classics.

Nancy Back is the Co Captain for the Team. Nancy relays because she lost her Dad to Cancer. Banker’s Mom recently had her breast removed from cancer and will start treatment in October. We wish her the best.

Thank you to Banker, Nancy, TomTom and RFL Tri Group for this fun and meaningful event!

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Why I Relay InWorldz

Creating/recreating the “Why I Relay” piece is always a time of introspection and reflection. Traditionally, I post on Mother’s Day in memory of losing my Mom to cancer many moons ago. She, like many Moms, was my best friend…missing her was and still is my greatest loss.

This season I Relay for a colleague, BWR. Her loving husband and father of their two kids was diagnosed with leukemia 18 months ago.  BWR became the a caregiver and the bread winner for in one fell swoop.  I Relay to celebrate her spirit and the spirit of all who fight this fight.

Please take a moment and send your thoughts and prayers along.

RFL Many Worldz Logo

Relay for Life of InWorldz season kicks off InWorldz on Saturday, August 24 at 9AM InWorldz time. Additional information ~ RFLofIW.org

http://places.inworldz.com/Paradise by Design/115/62/22

Media inquiries ~ Wildstar Beaumont RFLofIW.PR@Gmail.com

If you would like to submit a “Why I Relay” piece for the blog, please contact me at Tee.Auster@gmail.com

We Celebrate Life and We Fight For The Cure

13 Hour Encore

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The 13 Hour Encore held on Sunday August 4, 2013, was a multi team event to try to get us up and over 400,000 US Dollars for the 2013 Relay season. The event was staged at multiple venues with T1 Radio and RFL live DJs hopping site to site.

There were a ton of challenges. One was to “wipe” the name off the kiosk of the person who just hit that kiosk with their donation. This caused a bit of a frenzy with a lot of chatter in local and Volunteer’s chat!

Serina Juran and friends
Shay Sunnyside and Corkie Houston

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The event was sponsored by Relay Rockers. Trader Whiplash says, “it was a perfect example of what has made this season just so amazing… there were people from all different teams.  More than 20 kiosks were rezzed at the various venues. 

The Rockers had a phenominal season..and as the Legacy Team, as we have been called by Relayers, we wanted to do more for the one team that matters…and for all the other teams too! T1’s RFL DJ team stepped up and hit the ball out of the park with great music all day and the venue owners were so generous! It really was a great success!”

A special shout out to Nuala Maracas who put a trememdous amount of energy into organizing the event!!!

UnMasking A Cure

Friday Night at KIngdom of Tuatha de Sidh

Mary Teodosio is the Captain and Jean Munro is the Co-Captain
for Team UnMasking a Cure. The culminating event for Relay Season will be a Masked Ball.

On Friday, April 19, the team held a music event and brought some of Second Life’s best live performers  Every hour musicians and singers shared their talent for the cause. Performers included Bono Fouroux, Jean Munro, Rock Doghouse, DennyMac, Shannon Oherlihy and Bubba C  John.

Mary says, “I’ve been asked Why do you Relay?  I Relay because I have had family and friends lost to cancer.  Some tragically, others after they lived a long, full life. Mostly, I Relay because I believe that without hope, without a goal people cannot face adversity with grace and strength.  That is what the ACS gives to patients, caregivers and survivors.  They give hope.”
Co Captain Jean Munro has a close family member who is fighting the fight right now for the fourth time. “We need a cure today,” says Jean.

Mary says, It’s very true that everyone knows someone.”

Thank you to UnMasking a Cure for being strong and for fighting the fight to find a cure.

Biker Blessing

SL RFL _Biker Beach Bash_ Hosted by NFMC KOS Squad A

Team NFMC KOS or the Notorious Few Motorcycle Club is led by Captian Cherokee Rose. On Sunday, April 21 they held the First Annual Blessing of the Bikes as a part of their Biker Beach Bash. Cherokee Rose wanted to do something that had never been done before in SL and plans to make the bike blessing an annual event.

The total so far was over 200,000 Lindens and the Team hopes to reach 300K by the end of the weekend.

Captain Cherokee Rose has many family members affected by cancer. In fact she has a grandmother in her 90s who is a 50-year survivor. Roxy Northman  says, “We put together the group earlier this year and started planning the event. With the help of many supporters, we were able to get the sim and throw this whole thing.” A highlight is Memorial hall with real life photos of family members.

Dr. Grey Skytower gave the blessing  to the assembled bikes and concluded, “May you meet encounter the risen Lord in your travels, in the freedom of the open road.