Last month was the 3rd annual National Conference on Work & Cancer, the crown jewel of our in-person programming for the year! This year we moved locations to accommodate more people, 35% more to be exact! These included patients, survivors, healthcare professionals, nonprofit partners and 41 scholarship recipients from all over the country (we had people from 30 states!).
The new space also allowed us to expand the program to include three additional sessions during the afternoon breakouts. The day opened with a phenomenal panel offering the doctor's perspective, setting just the right tone for the day. From there, we moved into a two-hour general session focused on employment rights and health insurance. Following lunch, people had the option to attend sessions on healthcare reform, working during and after treatment, job search, career change, taking time off of work and more! We also offered two additional panels, one focused on the employer's perspective on balancing work and cancer and the other an open Q&A session with three professional career coaches.
We could not put an event like this together without our eight incredible sponsors, including the original four (Genentech, Eisai, Novartis and Tweezerman) from the first year of the event, and the 38 community partner organizations who helped us reach across the country to alert people to this program. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported this year's conference!
2013 Community Partners
American Cancer Society, Be the Match, Bright Pink, Camp Kesem, Colon Cancer Alliance, Cancer Support Community, CancerCare, Cook for Your LIFE, First Descents, FORCE, Gilda's Club New York City, GiveForward, I Had Cancer, Imerman Angels, Life With Cancer, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, LUNGevity, Lymphoma Research Foundation, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, MyLifeLine.org, National Cancer Legal Services Network, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Oncofertility Consortium, OncoLink, The SAMFund, SHARE, Sharsheret, Social Security's Ticket to Work Program, Stupid Cancer, TalkAboutHealth, Tamika and Friends, Tisch Cancer Institute, Treatment Diaries, Triage Cancer, Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, Young Survival Coalition