“Our dreams are a second life.” ~Gerard de Nerval
By Cat Boccaccio.
Imagine a world where cancer no longer exists. Imagine the ruins of a hospital ward, where pain and hope were constant companions, now abandoned, unneeded, full of streaming light and overrun with wild flowers. The is the future as envisioned by Winter Nightfire, in her installation for the Second Life Relay For Life event this coming weekend, July 13-14. This moving scene, in the Survivor and Caregiver region of the RFL track, meshes well with the 2013 theme “100 Years of Hope”, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American Cancer Society.
SL Relay For Life has raised over 1.5 million dollars since it began in 2005, and so far this year volunteers and team members have raised over US$300,000. RFL 2013 promises to be a fun-filled weekend that will unite SL residents from around the world for the cause. The schedule features lots of themed activities (dress to the theme if you choose!), punctuated by music, ceremony, and remembrance. It is a perfect opportunity to celebrate with your friends, remember loved ones, and join the fight against cancer.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
The beautifully abandoned, unnecessary cancer hospital ward is only a part of Winter Nightfire’s eloquent ode to survivors and caregivers. To get to this world, you must first walk a tightrope, in a dark rain, demonstraing the precariousness, the frustration, and the courage of the journey.
You cross the bridge and find yourself in a peaceful setting of meadows and forests, flowers and fountains. A stunning, domed memorial in white marble honors the caregivers, the “angels”; a quiet retreat in a circle of columns invites you to linger, meditate, and remember loved ones lost.
Then it’s time to visit the carnival, where cancer survivors are celebrated. A survivor is anyone who has ever heard the words “You have cancer”, and are traditionally the guests of honor at Relay for Life.
Winter Nightfire takes us into an ocean of life and hope, and it’s hard not to think we can beat this disease. Congratulations to Winter for her beautiful installation, and to all the organizers, volunteers, participants, and donors at SL Relay for Life 2013!
Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back.
Photographs by Cat Boccaccio.