UMN Survivorship Conference Summary

McNamara Alumi Center

Survivorship Conference at the beautiful University of Minnesota McNamara Alumi Center

Annette Bonaventura, Amy Hoban, Kraig Kuusinen, Kevin O’Keefe, Allan Swartz, Connie Dow, and our Executive Director, Janelle Calhoun, attended the 13th Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference, organized through the Masonic Cancer Center. The McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota’s main campus hosted this event to a soldout crowd of over 350 participants. The free event went from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with breakfast and lunch provided through generous sponsors.

Katie Schmitz, PhD, MPH, MSEd, a Penn State University professor, gave the opening Keynote entitled, “Exercise Guidance after a Cancer Diagnosis: Evidence and Logistics.” The take away was that one needs to be as active as one can possibly be to maintain overall health.


Kraig, Kevin and Amy at 2018 UMN Survivorship Conf

Kraig, Kevin and Amy

RIS display table

RIS display table

Annette, Kraig and Kevin at 2018 UMN Survivorship Conf

Annette, Kraig and Kevin


There were two smaller group breakout sessions with topics that included healing through the use of the Chinese organ clock, fatigue before and after treatment for childhood cancers, the role of technology in managing cancer side effects, what to know and learn about “Chemobrain”, the relationship between cancer treatment and your heart, creating health through food, and survivorship after blood and marrow transplants.

After lunch a panel of four survivors discussed several aspects of their cancer journey. The conference ended on a much lighter note with local speaker and humorist Stevie Ray delighting the crowd with his take on what it means to be a Minnesotan.

Janelle coordinated our informational table to educate conference participants about sarcoma cancers and introduce them to Rein in Sarcoma. Consider joining us at the 14th annual conference to be held early May, 2019.