First Annual Guam is Good Cancer Symposium to be held Aug. 25

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First Annual Guam is Good Cancer Symposium to be held Aug. 25

by: The Edward M. Calvo Cancer Foundation | .
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published: August 14, 2013

The Edward M. Calvo Cancer Foundation is proud to present the first annual Guam is Good Symposium on Sunday, August 25, 2013 from 1pm to 5pm at the Guam Marriott Resort and Spa. The intention of this event is to inform, inspire, encourage and provide practical advice for surviving cancer, supporting loved ones, and coping with loss and pain. The diverse panels and breakout sessions will address a variety of topics including physical, emotional and art therapy, patient legal issues, and coping with loss. Local participants (to date) include Genny Garrett (mother of Natasha Perez, author of “ Let Go and Let God and inspiration for Natasha’s law), Joyce Sosa, founder of local chapter of Compassionate Friends, Art Therapist Michelle Pier, Family Therapist Rose Camacho, Attorney Michael Flynn, Attorney Cynthia Ecube, Synergy Studios, Dr. Dennis Borja (Chiropractor), and Physical Therapist Julienne Duenas.

The symposium will also feature keynote speaker Dr. Brad Zebrack, Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Social Work and member of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Sociobehavioral Program. Brad has been an advocate for the development of peer support group programs for cancer patients, particularly with young adults and adolescents. He is also a survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma and serves as an advisor for many national organizations providing support to cancer survivors including First Descents, Imerman’s Angels, Triage Cancer and the Children’s National Brain Tumor Foundation.

This event was made possible through a grant from the Guam Cancer Trust Fund, established by Public Law 30-80, which comes from a redirection of 15% of all tobacco sales taxes generated within the Territory to fund under the purview of the University of Guam. As a grant recipient, the Edward M. Calvo Cancer Foundation uses these funds to directly provide support services for Guam cancer patients.

The First Annual Guam is Good Symposium is free and open to interested cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, family members and supporters. Registration is limited to the first 150 registrants and participants must be at least 14 years of age. Register at the Edward M. Calvo Cancer Foundation office in Hagatna (above Cup and Saucer café). Registration forms may also be downloaded at www.guamisgood.org/events.

Please call the Edward M. Calvo Cancer Foundation office at 472-6854 or Marie Calvo Monge at 635-5849 for more information.

Brad Zebrack, PhD, MSW, MPH
Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Social Work
Member, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control

Dr. Brad Zebrack is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and a member of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Socio-Behavioral Program.

Brad has been involved in the development of peer support programs for adolescent and young adult cancer survivors, and serves as an advisor for First Descents, Imerman’s Angels, Triage Cancer, and the Children’s National Brain Tumor Foundation, all national organizations providing support and information to cancer survivors. Brad was one of the first patient advocates to serve on the National Cancer Institute Director’s Consumer Liaison Group (DCLG).

Brad is particularly interested in how cancer affects the quality of life for adolescent and young adult patients, and his research has been funded over the past 15 years by the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Lymphoma Research Foundation, Livestrong, and HopeLab, Inc.

In 1989, after recovering from chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 25, Brad and his wife Joanne completed a one-year 11,000 mile bicycle trip around the United States to promote cancer survivorship.  Brad and Joanne now live in Ann Arbor, Michigan with their 10-year old daughter Sierra Grace, cat Cal, and guinea pig Poppy.

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