Past Agenda

2015 Agenda

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9:00AM Check In
Continental Breakfast/Visit Exhibits

9:30AM Welcome Address
Dakota Fisher-Vance | Co-Founder, Young Adult Cancer Connection
Cara Scharf | Co-Founder, Young Adult Cancer Connection
Michelle Alonso-Basanta, MD, PhD | Conference Co-Chair
Joseph Carver, MD, Chief of Staff | Abramson Cancer Center

9:45AM Keynote Presentation
Suleika Jaouad | Young Adult Healthy Living Advocate, Motivational Speaker, and Cancer Warrior

11:00AM Breakout Session 1 (choose one)
Managing Late Term Side Effects
Michelle Alonso-Basanta, MD | Radiation Oncologist, Abramson Cancer Center
Dava Szalda, MD | Medical Oncologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Healing Through Art
Donna Kaiser, PhD, ATR-BC, LPC, LMFT | Director of Art Therapy and Counseling Programs, Drexel University

You Look Marvelous: Body Image Panel
Lindy Snider | Cancer Survivor and Founder and CEO, Lindi Skin®
Sarah Richardson, PsyD | Clinical Psychologist, Abramson Cancer Center
Stylist and Make Up Artist provided by Lord & Taylor | King of Prussia

It’s All About Me: Self Advocacy
Meghan Fitzgibbons, MSW, LGSW | Young Adult Patient Navigator, John P. Murtha Cancer Center & Walter Reed National Military Medical Hospital, Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
Elizabeth Saylor, MSW | Young Adult Patient Navigator, University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

12:15PM Lunch

1:15PM You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Canswers: Patient Panel

2:45PM Breakout Session II (choose one)
Dance Like No One is Watching!
Anne Margrethe Melsom, MA, BC-DMT, LPC | Director of the Creative Arts Therapy Department, Girard Medical Center & Faculty Member of the Creative Arts Therapies Department, Drexel University
Minjung Shim, MA, BC-DMT | PhD Candidate in Creative Arts Therapies, Drexel University

Care for the Caregiver
Carly Mesavitz, MSW, OSW-C, LCSW | Caregiver Program Coordinator, CancerCare®
Victoria Puzo, MSW, LMSW | Oncology Social Worker, CancerCare®

Navigating the 3C’s: Cancer, Campus and Career
Christine Brennan | Associate Director of Programs, Cancer and Careers
Ann Knettler-Smith, MA | Director, Office of Disability Resources, Drexel University

Minding Your Own Self: Mind and Body Self Care Skills
Michelle Stortz, CYT, MFA | Yoga Therapist

4:00PM Conference Closing

Meet Your Cell Mates

  • #yaccellfies

Gather Information

Discover Resources

  • Young Adult Cancer Connection
  • Treatmint Box
  • AnaOno
  • AnaOno
  • Angel Flight East
  • SnyderLAW
  • Angel Flight East
  • Mary's Place by the Sea
  • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia
  • The Reiki School + Clinic

Thank you to our 2015 Supporters!
It’s tough to tackle cancer on your own. The same can be said about planning a cancer conference. Meet the kick(m)ass souls that made Cancervention possible.

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