Why I Relay…

We all have various reasons to Relay, to donate, to create for the Fantasy Faire in Secondlife. Each one of these reasons is valid and some, like my own, are rather personal.

Why do I Relay?

What drives me to join up, year after year since I found out about it in 2010?

My Grandmother. Nana.

She was an amazing woman. Even that word doesn’t say enough about her. She was one of the Board Presidents of the Cabbage Patch Settlement House in Louisville, Kentucky. She spent the latter years of her life caring for so many underprivileged children. She was proud, determined to make a difference, and strong. So very strong. The prim and proper Southern Belle, the epitome of a “Lady”. She believed in working hard for what you believe in to make the biggest difference that you can.

And she did make a difference. We all can.

My Grandmother had colon cancer that had spread to most of her major organs. She passed away right before my 16th birthday. We spent the few days before my birthday traveling down to Kentucky and seeing family, going through the things in her house. I went through the whole thing pretty well, considering I spent my 16th at her wake. I refused to go to her funeral though. I guess part of me refused to believe that she was gone.

My loss didn’t actually hit me until I got home and found the birthday card she had sent me, the day before she passed away. In it was all the cards I would never see, the phone calls that would never make the phone ring with that southern drawl on the other end.

I still have that card, and her cowlicks at my temples. I would like to believe that I somehow inherited some of her strength too.

This is why I relay. To remember her, and help make as big a difference as I can.




This year the Fantasy Faire broke its own records, raising over $24,000 USD that will be donated to the American Cancer Society in an effort to help keep even one more missed birthday, Christmas…

Phone call, from happening.

The Relay never ends. It won’t end until we have beaten cancer into the ground. Until we have a cure.

Even though the Faire ends on the 30th, that doesn’t mean the battle, or the war is over. I am one of the many creators that will keep fighting, by keeping the donation vendors up in our stores through July.

Every donation helps because, even the smallest grain of sand makes a wave when it hits the water.

Don’t stop fighting and never give up.

We WILL find a cure. It is out there.

We just have to reach for it.

Reach ~ Original Artwork by Me.

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