A Message From Stingray - Thursday, June 25, 2020
I’ve been asked a few times over the last few weeks about how covid-19 has impacted the American Cancer Society, and I’ve answered as honestly as I could. The Society has made adjustments to become more efficient, including a complete restructuring of positions, roles and responsibilities. All staff were offered the option to apply for any position. I realized that there were multiple paths for me to consider, including the option to pursue opportunities outside of the American Cancer Society. As I weighed my options, I felt that none of the re-organized positions at the American Cancer Society were the right fit for me at this time. But the one constant was that I wanted to stay involved with our community in Second Life.
Ultimately, I decided to pursue another career path that would be a better fit for my family.
Remember that clip we played during the Opening Ceremony, where Mama, Nikki, Trager and I were talking to Julie Brickner? That was an excerpt from a meeting where we discussed the idea that I could still be the Ambassador between the American Cancer Society and Second Life, even if I wasn’t an employee. Fortunately, what WE have accomplished TOGETHER over the last 16 years was enough for them to recognize, value, and appreciate that the reason this works...is not because it’s me. Not because it’s you. But because it’s US.
And from that understanding - we were able to solidify a deal between the American Cancer Society and Linden Lab where I will remain the liaison between the ACS, you (our community), and Linden Lab.
If you’re wondering what will be different in 2021, I can assure you that the only difference will be my title. Your fundraising dollars will continue to be protected by supervision of Linden Lab and the American Cancer Society. Your donations will continue to support The Society’s global mission of funding cancer research and patient/caregiver services both in and outside of Second Life. Our tools will continue to improve. Our island and our services will remain intact. Our community will continue to grow. And more Relayers will be empowered to act in an environment that we have established to allow you to use the virtual world to make a meaningful difference in the fight against cancer.
I look to the successes of the 2020 season as examples of our resilience. I have met so many talented Relayers, all prepared to do more so that we can continue to become better and better each year. I’ve learned from you all that whatever curveball life throws at us, the reason why we can handle it is because we handle it… together.
We are the greatest community in Second Life - not because of any one of us, but rather because it is all of us working together. And while our lives have all changed over the last 16 years, we have built relationships with one another based on many years of commitment, respect, and trust. And I ask you to continue to place your trust in me...and in one another...and continue the walk…..together.
Oh, there is one other thing that will be different - at some point in the next 10 months, we’ll have to stop saying that we’ve raised over $3.5 Million (usd) because we’ll have raised $4 Million, all-time!!
Saffia Widdershins and Zander Greene have offered to host a live stream interview/Q&A session where we can discuss the future of ACS in SL. We encourage our supporters to ask questions through this form. Watch the Relay For Life of Second Life Facebook Page to learn the date, time, and location of the live stream.