Sharing some news about Julie from Raid for the Cure

Thank you once again to everyone that participated with the Raid for the Cure last year!

The support and concern, and the fun we all had together was wonderful.

I wanted to pass on an update from Julie on how she has been doing since treatment of her cancer began, and how she’s been doing in general.

Julie was awesome enough to write a very nice letter about how things have been going, and I now present it here to you!

I told you I would write a bit on how I am doing, so here you go:

I found out I had breast cancer at the end of October, and it promptly threw my entire life into a tailspin.  Plans that had been made had to be changed, and fear of dying sort of took a huge part of my brain and shook it up.

I was pretty forthcoming with sharing the news, I have never been someone who felt it was healthy to keep that sort of thing private, because the best way to get support from your friends is to actually tell them you need them.

After many people found out, I had instant support.  In the guild, of course, there was the organizing of the walk, and some members of the guild still go out of their way to inquire after my health.

My coworkers pulled together and took up a collection to help me financially, raising around $950.00.

My family tried to help however they could.  My 17-year-old son began carrying a pink ribbon in his wallet.  I have never felt more loved and supported as I have since this began.

Physically, there are ups and downs.  I have had 4 out of 6 chemo treatments, and every day is sort of like a gamble, will I feel good, or feel like crap?  There are more bad than good days, but one thing that I have found, thanks to my friends and family, is laughter truly is the best medicine.  I do my best to laugh as much as possible, and it really does make me feel better.

The chemo is effective, it is doing its job, and so follow up surgery should be the end of the road, come March.  I will have to follow up every six months to test if it returns, but I choose to maintain the attitude that this is going to be over soon.  We will face the rest if it ever becomes an issue.  

A follow up with how I am doing would not be complete without mentioning my amazing fiance Michael.  We have signed a lease on an apartment together, moved my furniture to Texas, and we are close to making the final move together as soon as the surgery is complete.  This man has been amazing and by my side completely since the first scary moments, and I have no doubts that he will be by my side no matter what.  

If I have a wish for other people who are unfortunate enough to develop cancer, it is that they have the same support from wonderful friends, family and their significant other that I have had.  It is not easy, I am not completely finished, but I am doing well, and content. :)

Julie

This is so cool it freaks me out!

Back when the Raid for the Cure event was going on, I was contacted by a writer/journalist named Per Landin asking for more details.

He said he wrote for a Swedish print magazine called Level, and wanted to do a story about the Raid for the Cure for an edition of Level presents World of Warcraft.

Of course I said yes, and provided screenshots and answered a list of interview questions about the event, and sent it off and thought nothing more about it.

Okay, I did think, “How neat it is that someone out there sees what gamers can do together that is positive, and wants to share that with a larger community.”

Still, a Swedish magazine is not something I’m likely to find here in the United States.

At least, not in the bookstores *I* frequent.

Maybe I need to find a better class of bookstore.

I had an email today, out of the blue, from Per Landin, thanking me for replying, and letting me know that the article he wrote was published in the most recent edition of Level Presents WoW, and sending me a few pictures he took of the magazine in question.

I had no idea how awesome the feature was going to look. Now, I really wish I had some way to get a copy of that magazine, just because it looks like it’s really, really pretty. And because it would be awesome to try and pick out friends I know from the pictures. Even though I was there!

I don’t know what it is, maybe I’ve still got a bit of the luddite in me, I get a kick out of holding a printed book or magazine in my hand instead of browsing web pages.

Anyway, here are some of the pictures Per Landin provided me. No, I can’t read Swedish, but it’s just the absolute neatest.

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Raid for the Cure Wrap Up!

Wow.

Just wow.

What an amazing day yesterday was.

So many wonderful people, so much fun knowing that people were willing to come together.

Over the course of the event, just trying to get a feel for how many folks showed up, at the time of my leaving Booty Bay for the Raffle drawing, there were a little over 100 people in the Alliance chat channel, and over 40 people in the Horde chat channel, almost all of whom were dancing on the roof of the bank in Booty Bay.

I’ve had a lot of great screenshots mailed to me, but the most wonderful view of the event, I think, was done by Skiannach, who created a Youtube video that captures a lot of the crazy fun of the walk.

What a great movie, right?

And now, some screenshots!

NelfstartsmallfieldofpinksmallAllianceboatridesmallAlongwaytoastranaarsmallForthemoosmallBarrensbordercrossingsmallCrossroadssmallRatchetdocksmallratchetboatsmallBooty2smallBooty1smallBootydancesmall

Wow, that’s pretty awesome, huh?

I’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone that took part in preparing, attending, donating prizes, donating money, and of course giving of themselves to show that you care.

I’d name everyone personally if I could.

However, if you were one of the participants, and you’d like to have your name included in a list, Papapally has put together, at a considerable amount of effort, a list of everyone he knows of that was there.

The list of participants is here.

If you’d like to update or add your own info as a participant, just for fun, please email him at webmaster@webbering.com

Thank you again to everyone that took part. Really, thank you all.

Oh, and one last thing. We’ve been congratulated for being so well prepared… but there was one group of people who took it to the next level.

As much as we did to prepare, we never planned to do a special guild for the event, because of how many folks we knew would be attending from established guilds.

But somebody DID take the step to create a guild, have wonderful pink tabards, and invite folks that were unguilded as they came in. And it was just kick butt to see. To you, and I wish I knew who you were, thank you for adding so much geat fun to the event. 

One last thank you, just from me, goes out to Dechion and Myrx for farming enough Mageweave, on BOTH factions, to open the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj all by themselves.

Just, holy crap. That was a lot of Mageweave.

Raid for the Cure Raffle – RESULTS!!!

The Raid for the Cure event is complete, and an amazing time it was!

It’s going to take some time for a nice wrap-up post with pictures, but in the meantime, I know what you want to see… the results of the raffle!

The winning names have been drawn, from out of a hat, by our son Alex, and here are the list of winners, IN ORDER:

  1. Mandi/Thinathwen of Khadgar-US – Sidhe Devils Gone Wild podcast guest appearance!
  2. Matt Cristantello – Handmade clay model of a pink Resto Tree Druid!
  3. Megan/Almeara of Auchindoun-EU – One very pink plush Moonkin!
  4. Megan/Cynnammon – World of Warcraft TCG Loot Card, the Ogre Pinata!
  5. Debbie Scott – Handmade scarf with the emblem of the Horde!
  6. Rachel Boone – Ceramic coffee mug from the Sidhe Devils Gone Wild store!
  7. S. K. Graham – Handmade scarf with the emblem of the Alliance!
  8. Seth/Wemic of Kargath-US – A finished piece of artwork, something of a feline nature by Tami Moore!
  9. M. (name withheld upon request)-  shirt from the BBB store!
  10. Nick Laplante – A choice of the Panderan Monk or Mini KT non-combat pet.
  11. John Long – A choice of the Panderan Monk or Mini KT non-combat pet.
  12. Jason (Lonty) Ashworth – A choice of the Panderan Monk or Mini KT non-combat pet.

The order of this list has special significance.

Why?

Because there were two ways we saw to draw names for prizes… assign a prize to each winner at random, OR, to draw names in order, and let each winner, in the order drawn, pick their prize from what is available.

We’ve chosen to allow people, in the order their name was drawn, to pick their prize from what is available when we reach their number. The reason for this is that the types of prizes available can be very personal. There are all sorts of prizes, some specific to Alliance or Horde, some specific to moonkin or leafy druids, there are in-game pets people might already have or really want, that sort of thing. 

So, rather than go down the list and assign prizes to winners, we will be emailing each winner, in order, asking them which of the prizes remaining they would like to choose as their prize.

Yes, this WILL draw out the process of awarding prizes. Hopefully, we will get fast responses to the emails.

I truly hope that this will result in happier winners.

So, Mandi/Thinathwen of Khadgar-US, you are our grand prize winner, and I am emailing you in two seconds to congratulate you, to ask for mailing info, and to find out… what will YOU pick?

Congratulations to all of the winners!

And as a reminder, here is a list of:

Current Prizes in the Raffle:

Handmade scarf with the emblem of the Horde, donated by Lauren of P’ville Girl.

Handmade scarf with the emblem of the Alliance, donated by Lauren of P’ville Girl.

One finished and colored art commision of an animal subject, Warcraft related or not, by Tami Moore (sometimes known as a Saucy Wench). 

A World of Warcraft TCG Loot Card, the Ogre Pinata, donated by Elegantdeath.

A choice of the Panderan Monk or Mini KT non-combat pet. There are 3 of these prizes available, courtesy of Jong of Forbearance!

One custom ”very pink” plush Moonkin, based on the pattern from a WoW.com article from April. The Moonkin plush is over a foot tall, and is made with high quality, ridiculously pink fur.  Since Sidhe Devils is an Alliance guild, Serthida is putting big antlers on this guy instead of Tauren horns. This is complete, and pictures can be viewed in an earlier post. Custom made and donated by Serthida of Serthida’s Save State!

One light weight clay “resto tree form” model, respectfully painted pink. He stands at approx 6.5 inches tall. Custom made and painted by Laurind, Guild Leader of the Seventh Council.

One item of any kind from the Big Bear Butt Cafepress store, donated by Cassie and BBB.

One item of any kind from the Sidhe Devils Gone Wild podcast Cafepress store, donated by Cassie and BBB.

A guest appearance on the podcast Sidhe Devils Gone Wild, and influence on the discussion topics for that show. This is not for a few minutes, but being on the show for the duration of that episode. A free Skype account will be required to participate.

Raid for the Cure Raffle reminder!

The Raffle drawing will be held immediately after the Raid for the Cure walk is complete, Saturday, November 14th!

As mentioned in the original World of Warcraft Raid for the Cure post, we are holding a raffle.

There are various prizes sponsored by some awesome people from the WoW community, players and bloggers both. Not a single prize is corporate sponsored… this is all coming from people that play the game, just like you and me.  

The Grand Prize, (if prize it is) will be a guest appearance on the podcast Sidhe Devils Gone Wild, and influence on our talking points for that show.

From the comments I’ve seen, the true grand prizes are the awesome plush pink Moonkin and the beautiful handmade pink clay Resto Form Druid sculpture. Which just goes to show, true artistic talent never goes out of style.

How to Enter

Entry to the raffle is quite simple. Go to the World of Warcraft Raid for the Cure donation website, a website created by us but administered and maintained by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and make an online donation, using a valid email address. Once you have received your emailed receipt of donation, just email us a copy of your receipt to tigerlordgm AT yahoo DOT com with the words Raid for the Cure Raffle Entry in the title. That’s it. One entry per person, no minimum donation necessary.  

As soon as we get an emailed receipt, I have been emailing a reply. Every time. If you have sent in a receipt and not gotten a reply, check your spam filter, and resend to make sure.

Once the Raid for the Cure walk is over, tomorrow, Saturday, November 14th, at about 3:30 PM Central 9Kael’thas US) server time, the raffle will be closed to new entries, the drawing will be held, and winners will be posted.

You will be welcome to continue to donate, but the raffle drawing itself will be closed.

Current Prizes in the Raffle:

Handmade scarf with the emblem of the Horde, donated by Lauren of P’ville Girl.

Handmade scarf with the emblem of the Alliance, donated by Lauren of P’ville Girl.

One finished and colored art commision of an animal subject, Warcraft related or not, by Tami Moore (sometimes known as a Saucy Wench). 

A choice of the Panderan Monk or Mini KT non-combat pet. There are 3 of these prizes available, courtesy of Jong of Forbearance!

One custom “very pink” plush Moonkin, based on the pattern from a WoW.com article from April. The Moonkin plush is over a foot tall, and is being made with high quality, ridiculously pink fur.  Since Sidhe Devils is an Alliance guild, Serthida is putting big antlers on this guy instead of Tauren horns. This is still being made, but here is a picture of the status so far. Still needs his hand and foot claws, his medallions attached in the right places (they’re just pinned on), some eyes, and a tail. Custom made and donated by Serthida of Serthida’s Save State!

One light weight clay “resto tree form” model, respectfully painted pink. He stands at approx 6.5 inches tall. Custom made and painted by Laurind, Guild Leader of the Seventh Council.

One item of any kind from the Big Bear Butt Cafepress store, donated by Cassie and BBB.

One item of any kind from the Sidhe Devils Gone Wild podcast Cafepress store, donated by Cassie and BBB.

Grand Prize: A guest appearance on the podcast Sidhe Devils Gone Wild, and influence on the discussion topics for that show. This is not for a few minutes, but being on the show for the duration of that episode. If the winner of this prize is bashful, then an item from the Big Bear Butt Cafepress store, and private conversation with the members of the Sidhe Devils Gone Wild (non-recorded) can be substituted instead. :)

Raid for the Cure – Final Reminder!

On October 28th, 2009, Julie, a member of the World of Warcraft guild Sidhe Devils on Kael’thas (US), revealed to us that she had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Her first treatment began on November 9th.

To show our support and love for Julie, her friends in Sidhe Devils started organizing this event within the game of World of Warcraft that we called the Raid for the Cure.

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 14th, the day has come at last!

What it is

World of Warcraft Kael’thas (US), a united cross-faction walk across Azeroth will be held on Saturday, November 14th, starting at 2:00 PM Central Time (Kael’thas-US server time).

Members of both Alliance and Horde factions are invited to attend. Pink Mageweave Shirts will be handed out for all walkers, and all levels of characters are welcome.

We will try to have shirts enough for everyone on both factions, but if you have one already, you’re welcome to bring it, and if you’d like, you could dress up fancy with your Festive Pink Dress!

The walk across Azeroth will not be a race of individuals, it will be a group march to show Julie our love and support.

The Raid for the Cure Event Details

The event itself will take place on Saturday, November 14th on the Kael’thas (US) server. The first start time will be for the Alliance at 2:00 PM Central (server) time.

There are two teams, one for the Alliance, and one for the Horde. The Alliance will start first, because they have a longer route to travel!

Julie has told us that her favorite starting zone in World of Warcraft is Darnassus.

Alliance Start: 2:00 PM Server

To honor her fun in the game, the Alliance team will form up near Conservator Ilthalaine in Shadowglen, the Night Elf starting area. I will be on Windburn, along with Myrx and Magwitch, as event coordinators and suppliers of the Pink Mageweave Shirts for the Alliance starting point. There will also be numberous folks on hand to serve as Protectors of the Innocent, what we’re calling folks that will be trying to keep new low level alts gank free.

 The Alliance team will leave Shadowglen at approximately 2:00 PM Central Time (Kael’thas-US server time) to kick off the event.

There will be no raid groups, instead everyone attending is invited to;

/join RaidfortheCure

A custom chat channel active on both factions for this event.

The Alliance team will travel as a group to Darnassus, and then down to the dock to take voyage upon a mighty ship to the port city of Auberdine in Darkshore.

The team should arrive at Auberdine at approximately 2:15 PM. If you cannot start on time with the main group, Nightmaer will be in Auberdine in advance, handing out more shirts. You can join the group there.

After a short break, the Alliance team will head off to Astranaar in Ashenvale.

The Alliance team will arrive at Astranaar in Ashenvale near Dalyshia, the Flight Master of Astranaar at approximately 2:30 PM. For those that really are running late on the Alliance side, Raen will be here a little in advance, with more shirts to hand out. 

Horde Start: 2:30 PM Server.

Meanwhile, the Horde team will have formed up next to Grull Hawkwind in Camp Narache, the Tauren starting area in Mulgore. Jystra and Dekado will be on hand in advance to hand out Pink Mageweave Shirts, and just before 2:30, I (Windshadow) will log onto my level 80 Horde character Shadowflash and join the group. 

At 2:30 PM, both Horde and Alliance teams will depart their respective locations, Astranaar and Camp Narache, and head on foot for the Crossroads in the Barrens.

Both teams should arrive at the Crossroads nearly simultaneously at 2:45 PM server time.

At this point, the last handing out of Pink Mageweave Shirts will be performed if needed, everyone will gather together, hopefully as one great group representing both factions, and between 2:45 and 3:00 PM depart Crossroads, headed for the city of Ratchet, and her infamous dock.

The entire cross-faction group will take ship from Ratchet for Booty Bay, and there descend as one upon that pestilential city of pirates for the wrap up, followed by a wild dance party. Bring your Pink Elekks and pony kegs!

Immediately after the completion of the march, the Raffle drawing will be performed offline, and results posted on the blog for all to see.

Thank you all very much for your time in reading this post. I sincerely hope I will see you there tomorrow!

Take care everyone, and please, please keep Julie in your thoughts and prayers.

Surprise new prize for the Raffle!

This just in, a wonderful late prize donation for the Raffle was offered by Laurind, Guild Leader of the Seventh Council on Burning Blade (US).

What could it possibly be?

Oh, words fail me.

Fortunately, I have pictures!

Panoramatree

In the words of Laurind;

I’ve made a light weight clay “resto tree from” model and respectfully painted it pink. He stands at approx 6.5 inches tall. Unfortunately I can not attend your race, but I do wish you guys all the best. Good luck and our prayers for your guildy, her family and friends.

Thank you very much, Laurind! And can I just gush for a moment, and say I think your tree form Druid is quite wonderful?