By Bixyl Shuftan
For most of its history, people have held Relay for Life events in Second Life. As a chapter, the Relay for Life in Second Life, has proven one of the most successful ones, during the Pandemic becoming the one that raised the most money. Made up of over a hundred teams, there is something of a friendly competition to raise the most money. But the teams also cooperate, the "one team" principle.
The team yours truly is part of is the Sunbeamers. Growing out of the folding of another team, the Passionate Redheads in 2013, the "Sunnies" have gone from a respectable start to being a top performing team every year. Last year, we were 13th of over 130 teams, just missing the top dozen, having raised over a million Linden dollars.
Cynthia Farshore and Shockwave Yareach did most of the world on the camp (each will tell you the other did more work).
Beside the Hall and the Memorial Garden was the Tower of Prayer.
Another part of the camp was the Hope Lodge.
A Hope Lodge offers cancer patients a free place to stay if they need treatment away from home.
So last year, I joined the ranks of the many thousands who have been caregivers. While the exhibit showed them as heroes, I myself didn't feel like a hero, just someone who was taking care of one who had taken care of him when very young.