The National Children’s Cancer Society Announces 2016 Conferences For Childhood Cancer Survivors, Parents and Teachers

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The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) has announced a schedule of conferences throughout 2016 to help childhood cancer survivors and their parents and teachers understand and cope effectively with issues of survivorship.

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The conferences provide a place for survivors and parents to gain information about the latest health research, find resources for issues they might be experiencing, and meet and encourage one another in their survivorship journeys.

The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) has announced a schedule of conferences throughout 2016 to help childhood cancer survivors and their parents and teachers understand and cope effectively with issues of survivorship.

The conferences are a partnership of the NCCS Beyond the Cure Program and hospitals across the country. Each conference will address various topics affecting survivors, including late effects from cancer treatment, educational and career needs, medical issues and healthy living practices.

Beyond the Cure provides educational assistance and other resources to meet the long-term needs of pediatric cancer survivors. It is just one of the many programs offered by the nonprofit NCCS, which has helped more than 38,000 children with cancer and their families since it was founded in 1987.

“We like to say that survivorship really begins at diagnosis,” said Pam Gabris, NCCS Beyond the Cure coordinator. “Our goal is to help meet the survivor’s needs throughout their life. The conferences provide a place for survivors and parents to gain information about the latest health research, find resources for issues they might be experiencing, and meet and encourage one another in their survivorship journeys.”

The NCCS provides grants to the sponsoring hospitals to help offset the cost of the conference and supplies. It also provides materials covering many aspects of survivorship for attendees to take home and use as a reference.

There are currently eight conferences scheduled in 2016 and the organization anticipates adding more. The first conference, held in January, focused on the needs of young adult survivors who are now tackling the challenges of college. The upcoming conferences are as follows:

Aflac Beyond the Cure Conference
8 a.m. to noon Saturday February 27
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite
1001 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta GA
Contact: Aflac Cancer Survivor team: (404) 785-1717
For online registration: Visit here

Brain-Based Strategies to Build Executive Functions: A Skill Building Workshop for Parents and Teachers of Children Affected by Childhood Cancer
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays March 8 and March 15
March 8: Akron Children's Hospital campuses
March 15: Boardman (Mahoning Valley) Akron OH
Contact: Carla Lukens: (330) 543-4138 or lukens(at)chmca(dot)org

Beyond the Cure Survivorship Conference
Sponsored by The National Children's Cancer Society
8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday April 16
St. Louis Zoo, The River’s Edge
1 Government Drive, St. Louis MO
Contact: Stephanie Diekemper: (314) 446-5219 or sdiekemper(at)theNCCS(dot)org

10th Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday April 23
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota
200 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis MN
Contact: Ashley Schempp (612) 625-9340

Banner University Medical Center Survivorship Conference
9 a.m. to noon Saturday September 10
Reid Park Zoo
3400 Zoo Court, Tucson, AZ
Contact: Lucy Pelayo-Katsanis (520) 694-3340 or Luz.Pelayo-Katsanis(at)bannerhealth(dot)com

Survivor's Day 2016
Sponsored by Children's Hospital of The King’s Daughters' Inc.
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday September 25
Chesapeake City Park
900 Greenbrier Road, Chesapeake VA
Contact: Karen Watkins (757) 668-7350 or karen(dot)watkins(at)chkd(dot)org

Moving Beyond Cancer to Wellness
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday October 8
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children's Hospital
1100 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle WA
Contact: Joli Bartell (206) 667-2013 or jbartell(at)fredhutch(dot)org

For more information about survivorship issues, visit the Beyond the Cure program on the NCCS website. The site includes an online late effects assessment tool, information about college scholarships for qualifying students, and resources to help survivors lead a healthy and productive life after treatment for childhood cancer.

About The National Children’s Cancer Society
The mission of The National Children's Cancer Society is to provide emotional, financial and educational support to children with cancer, their families and survivors. To learn more about the NCCS and its support services, visit thenccs.org. The National Children’s Cancer Society is a 501C(3) organization that has provided over $62 million in direct financial assistance to more than 38,000 children with cancer. To contact the NCCS, call (314) 241-1600. You can also visit the NCCS on Facebook.

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