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In Second Life, even the newest avatar quickly discovers that Relay for Life is a big deal. Hundreds and hundreds of avatars volunteering their time year after year and raising over $4 million USD for the American Cancer Society during the last eighteen years. And behind every one of those amazing avatars is an equally amazing real life person with a real life story that motivates them to volunteer with the American Cancer Society in Second Life.

 

Having served two years as Relay For Life Chair in Second Life, MamaP continues to have a passion for the people who Relay and their stories.

A retired educator from the San Francisco Bay area, she has always encouraged others to share their stories. Together with Trager, a retired entrepreneur from a small beach town in South Florida, they have a passion for finding new and innovative ways to use social media to tell

the stories about Relayers and their fight against cancer.

 

What started out as a fun Relay Refresh RoadTrip in a yellow JEEP visiting with Relayers, expanded to launching The 5 Days of Relay, then the creation of a YouTube channel, followed by the launch of a website designed to provide information about ACS in SL,and most recently the production of numerous RFL of SL audio and video shorts featuring the many people fighting for a world without cancer.

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Now, in their 4th year, they are expanding their circle of interest and launching Virtual Gumbo TV to further tell the stories of the many people they have met who live as residents in a virtual world called Second Life. 

 

Fun, fast moving half hour stories that peek through laptop screens and talk with real life people behind the avatars to get a taste

of the “virtual gumbo” cooking in their pots on the grid.

 

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