A4C hits Vegas for 36 hours of Cancer Advocacy @ the OMG Cancer Summit

I left PDX Airport at 10 am Friday morning, arriving at the Palms Hotel in Vegas at 1 pm and didn’t stop running until I got on a red-eye flight Saturday night at 1:55 am directly to our next survivorship camp. Fortunately, I had Olivia with me. Olivia is one of our volunteers, an A4C Advisory Board member, and just an all-around beautiful person. She was a huge help and great presence at the Cancer Summit.

The OMG! Cancer Summit is the premiere oncology conference and social networking event for the young adult cancer movement.

A program of the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, the OMG! Cancer Summit, now in it’s 5th year, has become a pivotal healthcare event that inspires thousands of survivors, caregivers and providers—along with scores of academic, advocacy, research and support organizations—to get organized, build community and unite as one to drive change. Athletes for Cancer was honored to be a part.

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We were honored to be amongst some great non-profits doing incredible work including LIVESTRONG, Be The Match, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Keep-a-Breast Foundation, Single Jingles, mASS Kickers, First Descents, Young Survival Coalition, I Had Cancer, Imerman Angels, and more.

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One of the key note speakers was Will Reiser, the screenwriter and personal survivor story behind the film 50/50. A number of health promotors, nurse and cancer facilitators, and survivorship directors from hospitals and cancer centers around the country were in attendance. A fantastic platform for networking with health professionals, we met representatives from Dana Farber Cancer Institute (Boston), Johns Hopkins (Baltimore),  MD Anderson Cancer Center (Texas), and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle).

What a joy it was to run into A4C survivor ambassadors at the summit, plus meeting survivors scheduled to attend upcoming camps! Here is Gemini and I, all gussied up on Saturday night at the Palms Casino.

The Summit was a great platform for young adult cancer advocacy, uniting survivors, care givers, families & friends, healthcare professionals, and resources like ours. Conversations were open, frank, and eye-opening. It is great to finally see some alternative and youth-focused resources out there addressing the unique challenges that young adult cancer survivors face.

 

 

 

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