I know I blogged this event a few weeks ago, but it was pointed out to me that I can’t use a picture that was created a year ago, even if it wasn’t used in last years campaign. It was mentioned I had probably aged a bit since last year and need to be up to date. I mean, isn’t one real world year equivalent to about four second life years? PBIP is a large campaign in Second Life, and the best part is it is free! The only motivation of the campaign is to create awareness of the issue. So here I am, helping to kick off this years PBIP month with this incredible picture by CEO of PBIP in SL, LovelyMiwako7399 Menna, one of my dearest of friends.
I volunteer for Relay for Life and for PBIP because this is such an important message to me personally. I have a mother who is a breast cancer survivor and my best friend, my sister in law, died of leukemia within nine months of being diagnosed. She left behind two children and my brother. Cancer is an awful thing, it ravages and tries to destroy everything in its path. According to Nancy Brinker of the Susan Komen Fund, “Ten million women around the world could die from breast cancer in the next 25 years. Cancer already claims twice as many lives as AIDS worldwide. At least seven million people die of cancer each year and close to 11 million new cases are diagnosed. That’s more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.” Devastating numbers, which is obvious since so many people know at least one person who is combatting this or other cancers.
Whether you give money to a charity or not is unimportant, but by showing support, you could possibly strike a chord with just the right person, who will donate, and that’s just from snapping a picture. And this support helps. I recently read that in a study done by Washington University in St. Louis that they had found a genetic “code,” a “Cancer Genome Atlas” of types of breast cancers and the most aggressive type, the triple negative breast cancer mimics ovarian cancer. Doesn’t sound important, but it actually is very much so. Cancer is basically treated by trying different types of treatments until one is found that works. With this new information, potentially, the medical team can take a much more informed approach to developing cures for all patients by picking the right cure for the specific patient from the start. The ground-breaking study is still in its infancy, so only time will tell if its effective or not, but still it brings hope.
And I always want to stand on the side of hope, so here is my contribution for 2012 to the Pretty Bald in Pink Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.