The following is excerpted from the 2009 Praise the Volunteers! blog post by Dr. Len Lichtenfeld of The American Cancer Society
” Without our volunteers…(we can) not support our core mission, let alone survive. We are fortunate to have many wonderful people … who are are devoted to our cause. They are what makes the American Cancer Society such a special place for so many of us….
Volunteers often labor for hours with little recognition. They do what they do from the goodness of their hearts and their belief in a cause. They offer their time and their skills because they want to make a difference, help someone who needs help, offer comfort to others in their time of need.
One of the ultimate stories… (is) how one volunteer can make a difference, and how one person with an idea can impact the lives of millions for years to come—both cancer survivors and those whose volunteer their time and skill to support those survivors and the mission of the American Cancer Society.
To all of our American Cancer Society volunteers, and to all of you who volunteer in whatever way you choose, from our hearts to yours, thank you for everything that you do every day. We are all blessed for your efforts.”
I’m the Merchant Support lead here for this year’s Expo. Nuala asked me if I would be willing to volunteer for the position, because of my prior experience as a coach and tool tester. My team ~Gemma Cleanslate, Michiko Avon, Stevie Basevi , Aphrodite Serin~ and I are here to help merchants get everything setup, and help out with anything else they may need during the Expo.
Second Life has enabled us to have a Relay For Life without boundaries and without barriers. We are able to reach people all around the globe. We are able to do things that just aren’t possible in “first life” Relays. Thanks to this virtual world, we have been able to unite in the world’s most unique and diverse Relay. Cancer affects us all, and SL has made it possible to involve us all.
Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this year’s Christmas Expo. Thank you to everyone who has supported this year’s Expo. Thank you to my Merchant Support team for your help. We are making it possible for cancer survivors to enjoy more Christmases. Let’s give cancer the boot!
Thank you to Madonna and her excellent Team for all they do for the Christmas Expo, Relay For Life and for their continued support of The American Cancer Society!
I’ve been in SL for nearly 10 years. This year, we decided to become a part of the Christmas Expo. RFL is very close to the owners of Shamrock. I am a care giver to a two time cancer survivor and many members of our families are survivors. We love RFL because it gets everyone involved for a wonderful cause.
My favorite Christmas memory was watching my daughter at 4 years old finally understanding who and what Santa was and her unbridled joy on that first Christmas morning when she FLEW into our room at 5 AM screaming that Santa really had come and he brought (in her words) EVERYTHING!
Big Christmas Expo “Thanks!” to our platinum sponsor, Ona Ra of Shamrock Marketplace!