Out of all the events on the grid, the Fantasy Faire: To Benefit Relay for Life is one that is close to my heart. Since 2009 the Fantasy Faire has brought together creators, artist, musicians, and performers in a Rmassive event, raising funds to help find a cure for cancer.
This disease is something that no one likes to hear about, but sadly it is something that has affected many lives in a personal way. There is no cure. It targets the young and old alike and it comes in many forms.
The American Cancer Society reports that “In 2019, there will be an estimated 1,762,450 new cancer cases diagnosed and 606,880 cancer deaths in the United States.” How many will there be worldwide?
In 2007 I lost my grandmother to cancer. It was my first real experience with it. She had been sick for a while, and I remember her coming to my wedding back in 2005 with a bag attached to her side after one of her surgeries.
Shortly after she passed, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. She was given six months to live, but she battled the odds and lived on for two more years. While I am thankful for the extra time, it also gave me first hand experience. I saw a woman who was vibrant and full of life slowly writhe away. From taking her to doctor visits, and letting her spend ti me with the grandkids she’d never really get to know, and maintaining a positive outlook for her sake (and theirs), this experience isn’t something I would wish anyone to go through. She passed in July of 2009.
Sadly, that was not my last experience with cancer. In 2014 my other grandmother received a cancer diagnosis, and it hit me like a bullet to the heart. Still dealing with the experience of loosing my mother, and knowing that I had to go through it again, it wasn’t something I looked forward to doing.
My grandmother was a trooper. She died a handful of months ago, in August of2019. It hasn’t yet been a year and I’m still dealing with the loss.
There are hundreds of people while stories similar to my own. Not all stories have sad endings, for there are those who have battled cancer and won. They live on to see another day and their story encourages others.
Last year the Fantasy Faire raised $68K US for Relay for Life, to help in the fight against cancer. The event runs for about two weeks (this year it ends on May 10th!), and there are kiosks throughout the sim for visitors to help donate. 100% of the funds given go towards the cause. There is even shopping where the proceeds go towards the fight.
Donate, spread the word, and help those in need any way that you can. With everyones help, we will be that much closer to finding a cure.
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