Second in my series of blogging without hair to raise awareness of fundraiser’s involving cancer. Squinternet Larnia of Donna Flora has been a long standing designer in Second Life. But she has also been a pillar of the Second Life Fashion industry, freely giving her inventory for numerous charities and fashion shows through the years. In December 2011, our real world friend was diagnosed with metastasized breast cancer and given a very grim prognosis. In true Squinternet form, she buckled in, bore down and fought the cancer with alternative and traditional therapies which definitely prolonged her life, but now, the cancer reorganized and though she won the first battle, now she must fight to win the war.
While off fighting her cancer, we in Second Life wandered away from Donna Flora a little bit. Since she is too weak to create new releases her store is now earning just enough to pay the SIM tier every month. But is this how we repay someone who was there to give to us whenever we asked? I certainly hope not. Come together and help us, the Second Life Fashion Industry, as we all double down and throw in to give back. July 25th to August 11th,2013 has been declared the “Love Donna Flora” event and there will be designs from many of the SL Fashion industry’s finest designers for sale to thank, to help and to honor Squinternet Larnia. Each designer will create one item in which 100% of the proceeds will go to the Love Donna Flora fund, specifically to Squinternet Larnia to help defray the costs of her alternative therapies and home nursing care. There will be other items sold from the designer in which 50%, 75%, or 100% can be donated. You buy and wear clothes all the time in Second Life, why not buy from the same designers you frequent daily anyway, with the added joy of knowledge that you will be lending much needed help to a fellow resident and friend?
The take from? Yes, here it is. While love may come softly on gossamer wings, hope never should. It should be a loud joyful sound to the soul. This event is more than about raising money. It brings awareness, in a real world sense, to the ravages cancer can wrought on families, friends, acquaintances, any human being, at any time. So even if you do not have a single Linden to your name, give your time. Take 30 seconds of time to encourage our friend, tell her she is a missed and valued member of our community, she isn’t forgotten and you send her well wishes and strength. Let’s loudly and boldly give her hope by posting messages of good wishes, thoughts, stories, and memories on http://lovedonnaflora.wordpress.com/messages-for-squinternet/ . If that’s not your thing, there is also a Flickr pool http://www.flickr.com/groups/2255942@N21/ for pictures for Squinternet. Because we all know fighting cancer takes money, but at times, more importantly, it takes an endless supply of love and hope too. Will you share yours today?
Hat: Donna Flora, Tania Hat
Necklace: Donna Flora, Marzia necklace
Earring: Donna Flora, Romance Earring
Watch: Donna Flora, Samatra Watch
Ring: Donna Flora, Vito Ring
Shirt: [sYs], Koke Bustier
Pant: :[P]: , Militia Skinny Jeans
Hips: Miamai, Jeunesse pants
Dress: Gizza, Romantic Rendez-vous **NEW**
Necklace: Donna Flora, Vivian
Earrings: Donna Flora, Brenda
Ring: Donna Flora, Vito
Hairs: Boon, KBO906