The National Children's Cancer Society Sponsors Conference Series for Childhood Cancer Survivors and Their Families

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The National Children's Cancer Society (NCCS) partners with pediatric oncology treatment centers across the country to sponsor survivorship conferences. These events help educate childhood cancer survivors on life after cancer.

ST. LOUIS, June 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The National Children's Cancer Society (NCCS) partners with pediatric oncology

treatment centers across the country to sponsor survivorship conferences. These events help educate childhood cancer survivors on life after cancer. Experts in a number of issues facing survivors including medical professionals and their peers provide critical information to thrive throughout survivorship. The conferences provide helpful resources for survivors of all ages, their parents and professionals.

Conference attendees acquire new information on topics such as late effects from cancer and treatment; education and career needs; medical issues; long-term healthcare and healthy living practices.

"Survivorship is a lengthy endeavor which should not be gone through alone," said Pam Gabris, NCCS Beyond the Cure coordinator. "We are proud to support programming which fortifies the lives of childhood cancer survivors so they truly have the toolkit to not only make their way through survivorship, but live their lives to the fullest. I would encourage survivors of all backgrounds attend a conference as they are guaranteed to walk away with the empowerment to manage the late effects of childhood cancer and advocate for the care they need."

The NCCS Beyond the Cure program oversees many meaningful offerings for cancer survivors including assistance from the NCCS' knowledgeable staff, the Beyond the Cure Ambassador Scholarship Program and the popular email thread utilized for survivors to connect with their peers. "We implement so many important programs, and out of all of them, the conferences are really a key component on how we can best assist young survivors." Gabris shared.

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

There are currently four conferences scheduled for 2018, with more being planned. Check the website for updates. The conferences scheduled to date are as follows:

Survivor's Family Education Night (LITE Night) Friday, June 22, 2018 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center 178 Ryder Lane New Brunswick, NJ 08901 Contact: Sue Stephens: 732-235-8867 or stephesu@cinj.rutgers.edu

Gold Hero Bash Saturday, September 8, 2018 Seminar: 4:15-5:30 pm Party: 5:30-8:00pm Lutheran Children's Hospital, South Lobby 7950 W. Jefferson Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46804 Contact Information: Michelle Hoffman, mahoffman@lhn.net

Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters Cancer Survivor's Day Sunday, September 16, 2018 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Bayville Farms Park Virginia Beach, VA Contact: Karen Watkins 757-668-9475 or karen.watkins@chkd.org 757-668-9578 or whitney.stock@chkd.org

Survivorship Conference Friday, October 19, 2018 8:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 1800 Lakeside Avenue Richmond, VA 23228 Sponsored by Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University Contact: Dr. Madhu Gowda: 804-828-6455 or madhu.gowda@vcuhealth.org

The National Children's Cancer Society (NCCS), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, is a not-for-profit organization providing support to families making their way through the daunting world of childhood cancer and survivorship. With over 30 years of experience serving nearly 42,000 children, the NCCS is able to take a "no matter what" approach to help families stay strong, stay positive and stay together. The NCCS has been recognized as a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity and earned a GuideStar Seal of Transparency Platinum. For more information call 314-241-1600, visit theNCCS.org, or on Facebook and Twitter.

 

SOURCE The National Children’s Cancer Society



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