Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE Summer 2013, Issue 9 - Page 14

Sponsor Spotlight Spreads Awareness for Fibromyalgia (Editorial note: The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association appreciates and recognizes the importance of awareness of fibromyalgia and chronic pain illnesses in a variety of settings. A big THANK YOU to ABC for their fundraising events to help the NFMCPA continue its mission to raise awareness, support research, and educate about fibromyalgia.) ABC Creations is a virtual, breedable animal company in an online community that operates within the game Second Life. A partnership and friendship with the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) has been formed to bring awareness and fundraising for the NFMCPA’s charitable work into a popular virtual community. Towards the end of 2012 one of the owners of ABC, Mike Becker, lost his mother, Shirley, who suffered from fibromyalgia for over 30 years. This set into motion events that led ABC to develop various fundraisers over the holidays to support fibromyalgia. His partners Stephanie Meyer-Pasco and David Richerson, along with the ABC staff and community, supported this endeavor. - Awesome Breed The first event was held over the holidays and introduced ABC’s first FM horse, “FM Wellspring 2012.” Wellspring is defined as “a source of continual or abundant supply.” ABC chose this name because they felt there should always be an abundant supply of awareness and education for this condition that affects millions, yet few know about. The design features on the horse include the NFMCPA tree logo (representing both a foundation and an origin) and a single red rose, which is a tribute to the memory of Shirley L. Becker. The ABC community showed its commitment to this event by raising $5,325.61 for the NFMCPA. ABC stepped up again in the spring of 2013, hosting more fundaisers for the NFMCPA during the week surrounding FM Awareness Day May 12th. This time they released the “FM Cares 2013” horse. Along with the sales from the horse and various auctions and contest held throughout the week, ABC raised $6,594.52 for the NFMCPA . A lot of excitement is generated each year as ABC holds their Crown Cup races. In July they held a charity aucSummer 2013 tion for the NFMCPA, and during this brief two-hour auction $1,266.35 was raised through auction bids and donations. Since this wonderful partnership between the NFMCPA & ABC was created at the end of 2012, ABC has raised a total of $13,186.48 for the charity. ABC is based on a simple concept: a breedable that is “believable” and fun with many different levels of involvement for the community to enjoy them. ABC released their first horses on October 29, 2011, and they spread throughout the Second Life virtual world like wildfire. The ABC breedable has grown exponentially over time and solidified their place in Second Life as one of the premiere breedable companies within the game. With their amazing staff, ABC is propelling the company forward into a new season that promises to be filled with new developments, products and events. Their philanthropic work has given ABC the opportunity to give back and include the community on this journey. ABC - Awesome Breed Creations http://www.awesomebreedcreations. com 14  Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Life