Luminaria touches our hearts-

RFL Relay Weekend is this coming weekend, June 6th and 7th, and right now sponsors are building their amazing displays and Relay for Life teams are preparing for their walks around the course in Second Life. Every hour of the event has themes, and participants often dress up in theme-related costumes to walk the track together. There’s such an atmosphere of caring, compassion, understanding, and fun, it’s truly an event not to be missed.

A particularly significant hour is Luminaria, which occurs at 9pm (2100) slt on Saturday, says Fleet Captain Lizzy Gracemount, UFS Team Metamorphosis. “Every year during Relay Weekend, there is a special hour where dedications are read over the air for survivors, caregivers and those we have lost to cancer,” she explained. “It is a very touching hour. Even though we’re out there having fun, cancer is a sobering and sometimes devastating disease that takes many lives. These are who we honor. We honor our friends who have fought and lost. We honor our friends who fought and won. We honor our family and friends who cared for us during our cancer battle. Finally, we honor the hospital workers who cared for us.” 

If you would like to have a name important to you read out during the Luminaria hour, there is a special form to fill out: RFL SL2020 Luminaria Dedication form

For UF Starfleet, it’s become a tradition for the Honor Guard and other interested members to line the track by the UFS Starfleet Campsite during Luminaria. We stand in silence in honor of our lost and in respect of those walking by. If you wish to participate, please wear Mess Dress and plan to be present from 8:45pm until dismissal at 10:05pm.

Relay for Life of Second Life opens at 10am Saturday June 6th with an Opening Ceremony and continues through until the Closing Ceremony on Sunday June 7th at 10am. At 11am on Sunday there is a ‘Victory Lap’ where everyone is invited to ‘dance with their sparklers’. For a list of all the themed hours access this LCARS: Relay Weekend Info 

Watch the UF Starfleet Forum and inworld group notices for the location of the UFS Team Metamorphosis Campsite. Also check out this LCARS about walking with other UFS members for the Honor Lap on Saturday (duty uniform) immediately after the Opening Ceremony (11am to 12:30 slt) – Take a Walk with Us

Relay for Life in Second Life is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and has been running in SL since 2005, raising over $3.5 million dollars. The Relay itself is 24-hours long and team members take turns walking the track. It’s a diverse community that welcomes everyone – survivors, cancer patients, caregivers, friends & family – to participate. See you there.