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Survivor-Researcher Mentor Program

“The interaction with other survivors, the mentors, and various members of the ACS, LAF, and NCI offered an excellent opportunity to broaden the scope and skills of my advocacy work. Meeting others with similar problems, goals, and ideas has enhanced my commitment and my skills as a survivor advocate.” – Shirley Grandahl, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and LT-Survivors listserv

“Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this scientific conference so that I can bring to my communities the information that is so new and exciting for cancer survivors.” – Cynthia Lofaso, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition

Purpose of Program

This year for the first time, the Survivorship Conference featured a Survivor-Researcher Mentor Program that provided scholarships for 20 emerging leaders in the cancer advocacy community to attend the conference and interact with presenting researchers, and to learn firsthand about emerging advances and opportunities in cancer survivorship science. This mentorship program was designed to:

  • Enhance the conference experience for cancer survivors and advocates by providing opportunities for small group discussions and question and answer sessions with cancer researchers
  • Enhance the conference experience for cancer researchers by providing opportunities for them to meet and talk with those whose lives are directly affected by cancer
  • Provide a means of disseminating conference outcomes to cancer survivors and others in the cancer community

Read personal reflections from the participants