The OMG 2013 young adult cancer summit was held in Las Vegas at the Palms Casino and Resort from April 25 to 28, and organizers feel it was a huge success. During the three-day summit around 500 young adult cancer patients and survivors, supporters, and exhibitors attended.
Young adult cancer patients and survivors had the opportunity to choose from a number of plenary and break out sessions featuring speakers from various specialties including oncologists, social workers, caregivers, and more.
Shawnna Taylor, a cervical cancer survivor, from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, attended the full summit and recommends it to other young adult patients and survivors.
Taylor says, “While some areas were not relevant to Canadians, a great deal was, and I learned a lot. It was great to have the opportunity to connect with other young adults and their supporters who get it.”
When asked what she walked away with from the summit, Taylor responds, “A wealth of information, new friends, new resources, and opportunities to learn about different adventure camps available to young cancer survivors.”
In Canada YACC is a non-profit organization available to Canadian young adult cancer patients and survivors.
Taylor says, “Taylor says, “The goal of YACC is to connect young adults who are dealing with cancer and help them through a difficult time in their life.
YACC offers a one time retreat experience with 12 survivors/supporters and YACC support staff. They also offer an annual conference of about 100, which makes it a more intimate experience.
Taylor says, “Once you are in (YACC) you are in for life. I love my YACC family.”
Taylor goes on to say, “OMG was definitely worth attending because it was a different experience, plus you can enjoy a little Las Vegas and get busy living.”
OMG was put on by stupidcancer.org and sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Spencer, and AMGEN.
Some of the sponsors included:
- Eli Lilly & Co
- Lilly Oncology
- Millennium the Takeda Oncology Co.
- Seattle Genetics
- Arbor Pharmaceuticals Inc
- Genomic Health
- Leukemia/Lymphoma Society
- Making Headway Foundation
- Purdue Pharma LP
- Quicken Loans
- Tax Pharmaceuticals
And many more!
In addition, some of the exhibitors included:
- 3 Little Birds 4 Life
- Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels
- Annie Appleseed Projects
- Athletes 4 Cancer
- California Cryo Bank
- Cancer Train
- Cyndie Giles LLC
- Surrogacy Circle
- Scott Hamilton Cares Initiative
- First Descents
And many more!
Young adults dealing with cancer have issues that are directly related to their age. Many have not yet had families or may have small children. They are young and their lives are in a different place than older adults so these organizations that are there for young adults are a huge benefit. Visit stupidcancer.ca for more information on OMG.