Update July 18

First off let me thank everyone for your enormous outpouring of support since I shared my news.  Your wishes and thoughts have made this a little easier to deal with.  I promise I won’t let you down.

I had my first consult yesterday and got the preliminary pathology report.  Its good and bad. Answered some questions and left more to be asked.

The tumor was malignant. “High Grade, non invasive tumor located at the entry of the left ureter.” The non-invasive is good, it means it was contained in my bladder. The high grade part worries me. According to cancer.org it means it is more likely to grow and spread and can be harder to treat.  More to come on that next week after my next appointment,

Early indications are that treatment will involve chemo and immunotherapies, and most likely will be on going for sometime. I am not going to make myself crazy by reading worst case scenarios and the like. Once I have more iinformation I will get those answers aas well.

So a week of waiting remains, recuperating from the stress of last week’s trauma and getting ready for the fight that appears to lie ahead.

I  promise to keep you all updated.

Thank you for all your support once again. I find it difficult to put into words just how much it means to me, knowing that an army of ACS volunteers not only have my back, but through your passionate fundraising have helped develop these therapies that I will now rely on.

Thank you All

This Is How We CURE CANCER – 1 Fight At A Time

Fifteen years ago, virtual world pioneers in Second Life were hearing about a fundraising effort to ‘Cure Cancer’ called Relay For Life.  We didn’t all ‘get it’ but hell we’d all been touched in some way by cancer so why not get on board.

We raised a little in 2005 and a whole lot more in 2006 and 2007, but we also learned so much more about ‘Curing Cancer” and what the Relay For Life means, does, how it supports the American Cancer Society and how the Society leads the fight for a world without cancer.

As our knowledge grew our fundraising impact grew. And as our fundraising impact grew so did our ability to save lives.  We touched lives in and out of Second Life. We provided support of those who are touched by cancer either by diagnosis or being enlisted into becoming a caregiver for a loved one who has been.

Relay For Life of Second Life has become the “Rock Stars” of fighting cancer.  We are the Megan Rapinoes, the Kevin Durants and Drew Brees of the world of cancer fundraising. Ask a relayer why we do it and  we tell them because we can and do cure cancer every day. Because we save lives. We can quote facts and figures, URLs and phone numbers and we can get someone help 24 / 7 / 365.

And yet sometimes we feel like we are missing something. Missing the personal connection. Missing the ability to turn our altruism into passion and our passion into success.

Now many of you out there know I have passion, in fact I have been accused of being a Zealot.  Guilty on all charges. I have guzzled the Purple KoolAid, I gorged myself on purple Jelly beans and built my wardrobe around RFL T Shirts!  But even I get surprised once in a while.

Last Sunday I didn’t feel so hot, but it was 90 degrees and I had just finished a round of golf.  I had hydrated to excess, and had to pee, but nothing came out. A few minutes later again no luck but this time it burned and, hmm was that blood? I waited a little longer and this time it was painful and there was a lot of blood. 

My son took me to the ER and within a short time I was admitted with a urinary blockage.  The pain and inability to go led to catheterization and despite the best efforts of any number of super nurses and urology specialists I was still in agony and passing copious amounts of blood and blood clots.  

Now I am not writing this to share my misery but to share what I learned from this.  

Finally, after 4 days of doing it by the book, the Urology team rushed me to the OR.  What should have been a 90 minute procedure took 6 hours. The clots were removed including a 30 guage hematoma that could not have ever fit in the 24 guage catheter. Additionally a large tumor was found and removed.

So now is when we do it by the book right?

Now is the time when we say the ‘OMGs’ and ‘OH I’m so sorrys’ and ‘Oh I will Pray for Yous’ right?

NO IT IS NOT

Now is when we as ACS Volunteers, who have grown from Cure Cancer Do Gooders of RFL 2005, turn into a vibrant and passionate Army who go forward armed with the tools and information that Saves Lives Celebrates Lives and Leads the Fight For a World Without Cancer. 

Now is the time when we say We’ve got you back! 

We’ve got a plan for this! 

We can Treat This!

WE WILL BEAT THIS!

And that is just what my oncologist said this afternoon.  The man who has treated my leukemia for 16 years looked at me and said “OK, so make an appointment for Friday and lets get the pathology and figure out how we are going to beat this!”

And you know what.. That is just what I am going to do, what he is going to do and what we as a community are going to do.  

And by God THAT is how We Cure Cancer!

Because you cared enough to make a difference in an indifferent world. Thank You ACS Volunteers of Second Life and All Over!

Gene McFadden
Jersey Shore
J
uly 12, 2019

Twisted Summer Jackson Square ~ RFL Sale and Mini Hunt

    Twisted Hunts and The Relay Rockers in Support of The Relay For Life of Second Life present:

~> Twisted Jackson Square <~
Sale & Hunt
June 1st – 30th

~> 30+ Merchants each with 2+ RFL Vendors!
~> Twisted Jackson Square Mini Hunt!
~> Gachas!
~> Entertainment!

Website:
www.twistedhunt.com

For our 4th Annual Summer RFL Sale & Mini Hunt Event let’s take a trip down to New Orleans, and I’ll meet you in Jackson Square! Rich with culture and history including, Mardi Gras, this epicenter for the birth of Jazz also has rich roots in Voodoo, a plethora of stories about hauntings, and much more!

Twisted Summer Jackson Square ~RFL Sale & Mini Hunt June 1-30

 

Rodeo Round Up – Thus May 23 2- 8pm slt

Time to get your Yee Hawwww on  with Inspired Dreamwalkers, Too Tough To Die and The Relay Rockers.

Bull Riding
Bronco Biding
Pole Riding
A Bake Sale – yes you can eat the sweets in RL!!
Jail and Bail 2pm – 8pm slt

Entertainment you ask ? Absolutely!

2pm DJ Ray02 Little
4pm  Bo Hoyes – LIVE
5pm  Wayne Rhodell – LIVE
5pm DJ Corrie Lobo

Have someone you want arrested? Get your warrant at Tombstone

BID THE LINDENS BALD 2019 – 3pm Wed May 22

Wednesday May 22  starting 3pm with the pre cut party and last minute bidding followed at 4pm by the official Bid The Linden Bald haircuts for the Linden team that raised the least.

And… at 4:30pm a special treat… The Tiny Maniacs perform!

Join us to Bid The Lindens Bald

Once again Linden Lab is teaming up with the Relay Rockers to support the Relay For Life of Second Life and putting their hair on the line’ to help the American Cancer Society Save Lives, Celebrate Lives, and Lead The Fight For a World Without Cancer.

Five teams of Lindens have accepted the challenge to see who can raise the most donations and win the right to shave the heads of the members of the team with the lowest kiosk total.   The team that is ‘Bid Bald’ will be without hair for 30 days!

More Information & To View The Teams ..click here

 

CRFB Top DJ Finals @ RelayStock 2019 Sun May19 – 2:00 to 5:00pm

The Relay Rockers Present the Finals of the 2019 Celebrate Remember Fight Back Top DJ Contest supporting the American Cancer Society & Relay For Life of Second Life.

Thirteen DJs competed this year and two remain:

DJ Landy (2:00 -3:30pm)
DJ Tril MacLeod (3.30 – 5:00pm)

Awards Ceremony 5pm
Come Support these terrific presenters at RelayStock 2019 .. a Relay For Life and Second Life Tradition!
https://relayrockers.org/crfb-top-dj-competition-2019/finals-contestants/

~And~

Be Certain to stop by the Barn and vote for your favorite Lindens as face off in the 2019 Bid The Lindens Bald Challenge! Which Team will be Bid Bald for 30 Days? Find out at 3pm on May 22nd as Governor Linden wields the scissors!

https://relayrockers.org/relaystock/

https://relayrockers.org/bid-the-lindens-bald/

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/RelayStock2019/128/6/23