[krvod url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGmoqpYN6J8&feature=youtu.be]Today marks the kickoff of the 10th annual Relay for Life in the online social platform Second Life.  SCIFI.radio is a proud media sponsor of this amazing, exciting event. which even before the Relay itself had begun this morning had raised an astonishing $391,245 USD for the American Cancer Society for the fight to find cures for the various types of cancer that take so many of our loved ones from us so cruelly and so soon.

Celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, RFL of SL raises funds benefit The American Cancer Society, with 100 percent of donations going directly to ACS. Volunteers working directly in Second Life include more than 3,000 people from all over the real world. To date, the effort has brought in more than $2 million US dollars. Each year hundreds of Second Life residents gather on 40 contiguous virtual islands for a 24-hour relay.  Avatars walk nonstop through an astonishing landscape of user created environments and imaginative creations, sharing the personal experience, celebrating and fighting back.

It’s a light in the darkness.  It’s hope.

Visit SCIFI.radio's special in-world media presentation "Journey to Adventure" in Second Life.

Visit SCIFI.radio’s special in-world media presentation “Journey to Adventure” in Second Life.

About The Relay for Life

The American Cancer Society’s real world Relay For Life began in Tacoma, Washington in May 1985.  Dr. Gordy Klatt, a Tacoma colorectal surgeon, decided to personally raise money for his local American Cancer Society office and show support for his patients by doing something he enjoyed – running marathons.  Dr. Klatt ran for 24 hours around the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He ran for more than 83 miles. Nearly 300 of his friends, family, and patients watched and friends donated $25 to run or walk with him for 30 minutes. His efforts raised $27,000 to fight cancer.

Over the next few months, he pulled together a small committee to plan the first team relay event, and 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 City of Destiny Classic 24-hour Run Against Cancer 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.

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