The "Leap Day Challenge" results are in and they are amazing. More than a dozen teams met the challenge to raise $100 on Leap Day and together raised $5,241.

A great big thank you to all the Relay teams who held Leap Day events and a special shout out to Kitty Gumbo who, no pun on words intended, engineered the Leap Day Train that helped transport Relayers to many of the listed events.

By Tara Tisane

Blacks/African Americans do have a high death rate and shorter survival of any racial/ethnic group in the US. The American Cancer Society is combating this disparity by raising awareness within the Black community while providing prevention and early detection programs and information.

Among the cancers that are significantly higher in the Black community is Colorectal cancer. "Death rates have remained about 50% higher in Black men than White men since 2005."

Even though the Colorectal Cancer (CRC) deaths have been going down, it is still high. One of the reasons for CRC to be more prevalent in the Black/African American men is the screening process. The slower uptake for Black men to be screened keeps the deaths higher. In addition, access to high-quality treatment is not readily available.

Another cancer that has a high rate within the Black/African-American community is a specific type of Melanoma called "Acral Lentiginous Melanoma (ALM). This cancer is the most common Melanoma among non-Hispanic Blacks.

ALM is usually diagnosed in the later stages. This cancer is not located in prominent places; most people look for skin cancer to be. ALM is found on palms of hands, soles of feet, or under the nails. "Even though non-Hispanic Blacks and whites were diagnosed with ALM, the proportion was much higher in blacks, 46% compared to 2%."

Ref: "Black refers to people having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa, including immigrants from the Caribbean, and South and Latin America. African American is a term often used for Americans of African descent with ancestry in North America. Individuals may self-identify as either, both, or choose another identity altogether. This fact sheet uses African American unless referencing surveillance data. "

Ref: "About 202,260 new cancer cases and 73,030 cancer deaths are expected to occur among blacks* in 2019. African Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the US for most cancers."

Ref: 'The Cancer Burden in African Americans: Our Experts Take' by American Cancer Society epidemiologist Carol DeSantis, February 22, 2016.

Ref: 'Study: Lack of Education About Melanoma May Contribute to Black-white Survival Disparities' by MaryBeth B. Culp, MPH, from the American Cancer Society and Natasha Buchanan Lunsford, PhD, from the Centers for Disease Control, July 23, 2019.


The American Cancer Society is excited to host the 5th Linden Home Reveal as part of the 2020 SL Home & Garden Expo. Residents are welcome to take a tour of the new Linden Home theme that will become available at 10am SLT on Friday, February 28, 2020. Residents can land on the American Cancer Society Island and walk to the Reveal region following the directional signs from there.

“We are always grateful for our relationship with Linden Lab and are honored to host the Themed Home Reveals,” says Stingray9798 Raymaker, American Cancer Society staff Director in Second Life. “We hope to use this opportunity as a way to educate the residents of Second Life that the American Cancer Society is here to help cancer patients and caregivers from around the world, and to give our Second Life community a means to fight back against a disease that has taken too much.”

This marks the 5th Linden Home theme that will be added to the Bellisseria community, alongside the previous 4 themes: traditional, trailers, houseboats, and victorian. Residents of Bellisserria are sharing theories with one another in the Bellisserria forum and a queue of avatars has been sighted on the American Cancer Society island.