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The UAB Comprehensive Cancer, Supportive Care and Survivorship Clinic and the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology recently held its first community- wide conference for young cancer survivors ages 15-39. Fifty people attended the event, held on Saturday, March 15, at the Wallace Tumor Institute.

Leonard Sender, M.D., chairman of Stupid Cancer, the largest adolescent and young adult cancer survivor s advo- cacy group in the United States, was the featured keynote speaker. Other topics and workshops at the conference included: treatment effects, preserving fertility, honest talk about social relationships, guided meditation from the yoga mat, a drumming circle, understanding good nutrition and exercise, and a panel discussion to share experiences and network.

Even with the tremendous successes in pediatric oncology, more and more adolescents and young adults are surviving cancer but living with long-term side effects and issues, says Teri W. Hoenemeyer, director of education and supportive services at the Cancer Center. Because of what they have been through, they may face feelings of social isolation, or even have some lifestyle challenges. We hope to establish a social network for young cancer survivors in Birmingham.

Cancer Center Hosts First Young Survivors Conference

ADVISORY BOARD FORMS MEN S COMMITTEE

The Advisory Board of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer

Center has formed a Men s Committee to increase phil-

anthropic support from the Birmingham community.

The committee will work with existing donors to secure

further donations and will identify new donors and intro-

duce them to the work being done at the Cancer Center.

This year s committee will honor the Caldwell Marks fam-

ily, and serving as captains will be board members Robert

Carr, Sam Todd, Danny Markstein, Rick Swagler and Frank

Sottosanti.

Pictured, L to R: Sam Todd, Danny Markstein, committee

liaison Mitzi Davis, Robert Carr and Frank Sottosanti.