Schedule of Events
Each year the Stowe Weekend of Hope schedule includes hands-on workshops, informational and support group gatherings, retail environments supportive of healing and growth, sporting opportunities and time for relaxation. Inspirational musical events, ecumenical services, and motivational talks are designed to heighten the emotional experience of healing and growth. Please Note: Pre-registration is not required for Saturday Sessions

Click here to read about our presenters.

Friday, May 2Events at various Stowe locations
8:30 am –
7:00 pm
REGISTRATION @ STOWE AREA ASSOCIATION
Stop here first to pick up your nametag and other registration materials – all attendees, speakers and volunteers.
Main Street, Stowe Village
9:00 am –
3:00 pm
Ultimate Survivor: A Culinary and Exercise Boot Camp for Cancer Survivors
Curtiss Hemm, Pink Ribbon Cooking; Kim Dittus, M.D., Ph.D., Hematologist/ Oncologist, Vermont Cancer Center at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care; Patricia O’Brien, M.D., Internal Medicine Physician, Vermont Cancer Center at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care; Jean R. Harvey, Ph.D., RD, Chair, Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Vermont
The Ultimate Survivor Boot Camp is designed to introduce cancer survivors to modifiable lifestyle changes that promote wellness and health after cancer treatment. Attendees will participate in guided hands-on healthy cooking instruction, supervised instruction on how to exercise and keep exercising and acquire skills that promote weight loss or maintenance. Participants must be able to walk for exercise and also should not be in active cancer treatment. Everyone will receive a personal phone call from Boot Camp staff prior to session.

$15 pp (includes lunch) {pre-registration and additional fee required; space is limited}
Stowe Community Church
10:00 am -
12:00 pm
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS {pre-registration required; space is limited}
  1. Experiencing Mindfulness for Health and Wellness - Stowe Mountain Lodge
    Roz Grossman, MA, The Neshamah Center; Dr. Yujing Sun, Ph.D., Vermont Cancer Center
    Come experience mindfulness practices known to ease stress and anxiety and encourage calmness and wellbeing. Participants will be introduced to gentle practices that anyone can do including a body scan, mindful movement, and short meditations. Participants will receive a CD and resources for further practice.
  2. Jumper Cables for the Survivor's Soul - Trapp Family Lodge
    George P. Kansas, iCanSir.org
    For ten years, George’s work as a coach and consultant helping busy people strike a healthy, nurturing balance between professional and personal responsibilities and physical and spiritual growth. Then in 2005, George was diagnosed with rare Leukemia which had completely destroyed all of his bone marrow. Just 5 months later, after employing a rigorous practice of what George calls Bio-Transformative Meditation, George was deemed “cancer free”. His mission now is to help survivors and the people who love them strengthen their mind-body partnerships, change the vocabulary of this experience and live without fear.
  3. A New Vision for Healthy Living - Trapp Family Lodge
    Karen & Kevin Carey – Co Facilitators, Survivors
    This workshop will be focused on the opportunities cancer can give us. We will use experiential tools and techniques to learn to embrace without fear, to recognize and accept “what is” with personal empowerment. While learning to create a new story filled with laughter, wonder, curiosity and joy. Cancer can take our body but not our spirit unless we let it.
  4. Laughter for Life - Golden Eagle Resort
    Traci Pena, Pink Ribbon Butterfly Project
    A deceptively simple yet very powerful and potentially even life-changing form of exercise that almost anybody can do, anytime, anywhere. Its core premise is that your body can and knows how to laugh, regardless of what your mind has to say about it. Get silly, get in touch with your inner 5-year old, let your soul out for a joy-ride in this "out-to-lunch" FUN-shop. It sure helps to digest reality.
    Note: there are some contraindications for Laughter-Cize, including uncontrolled high blood pressure, epilepsy, hernia, schizophrenia, late stage pregnancy, recent surgery, etc. Please consult your Doctor if you have any questions or concerns.
1:30 pm -
3:30 pm
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS {pre-registration required; space is limited}
  1. Healthy Steps Exercise Class (for all levels) - Stowe Mountain Lodge
    Vickie Yattaw, RN, OCN, CBCN, Oncology Resource Nurse Navigator, C.R. Wood Cancer Center
    Healthy Steps is a no impact, gentle stretching exercise class that was developed to help breast cancer survivors reduce their risk of developing lymphedema. The class is set to fun music with great props and a lot of laughter.
  2. Creativity, Art & Healing - Trapp Family Lodge
    Nina Marino, LCSW, Clinical Director, The Breast Cancer Survival Center; and Janet Coughenour, Artist
    The diagnosis of cancer is a turning point. The goal of this workshop is to promote self-discovery, nourish and tap our innate creativity, and share the experience with other cancer survivors. Everyone will create either a paper collage or a memory/treasure box to take home. Nina is a breast cancer survivor. Janet will discuss the process of creating that freed her to be a loving caretaker in the last weeks of her sister's life.
  3. "Bead Your Story" Beading Class- make your own bracelet - Trapp Family Lodge
    Rachel Bassick, Survivor, Graphic Designer, Jeweler (additional fee required $10 pp)
  4. BYOBra Party - Golden Eagle Resort
    Gaye Hyre, Survivor, ArtBra New Haven
    A workshop for breast cancer survivors and their supporters. Bring a new or like-new bra, an idea, and any special craft supplies you want to use. Some will be provided, but don't limit your imagination.
  5. Trail Guides Along Our Path to Healing - Stoweflake Resort
    Janis Cooper, The Center for America's First Horse
    (session + live demo)
    As vibrational beings, horses are tuned in to the energy we carry through what we’re saying, thinking, and doing, and they respond accordingly. Using body-centered techniques, along with hands-on time with the rare Spanish Mustang, we’ll explore how horses can help guide us along the path to healing.
4:00 pm –
5:00 pm
OPENING CEREMONY
The official kick-off of the Stowe Weekend of Hope festivities.
Stoweflake Resort Courtyard
6:00 pm –
7:30 pm
Myths and Facts about Weight Management
Jean R. Harvey, Ph.D., RD, Chair, Professor, University of Vermont, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Weight gain is common for individuals undergoing cancer treatment making weight management an important concern for cancer survivors. Unfortunately, misinformation and speculation abound in the diet and weight loss industry and it is hard to tell fact from fiction. This workshop reviews the causes and consequences of weight gain during treatment and reviews the common myths and misconceptions about weight loss and weight maintenance. Strategies for long term success will be highlighted.

{pre-registration required; $20 fee to attend) (light, healthy dinner will be provided)
Crop Restaurant
7:30 pm –
9:00 pm
DESSERT & DISCUSSIONS BY CANCER TYPE
(pre-registration required; $15 fee to attend, various Stowe locations)
(please take note of different start times)
Dessert & Discussion for Breast Cancer
Daniel Fram, M.D., Director, Radiation Oncology, Central Vermont Medical Center; Assistant Professor Department of Radiology, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Vermont Cancer Center at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care; Ed Ziedins, M.D., Central Vermont Medical Center and Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Vermont

A performance by the Boobie Sisters will follow the Breast Cancer Dessert & Discussion!

Attendees of the Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer Desserts are invited to the “Pretty in Pink” Fashion Show, Presented by the Green Ribbon Retailers, WHICH BEGINS PROMPTLY AT 7:00 p.m. in the Pinnacle Ballroom. Plan to arrive by 6:45 p.m.
Stoweflake Resort/Pinnacle Ballroom
Ovarian Cancer Discussion
Elise Everett, M.D., Vermont Cancer Center at Fletcher Allen Healthcare
Attendees of the Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer Desserts are invited to the “Pretty in Pink” Fashion Show, Presented by the Green Ribbon Retailers, WHICH BEGINS PROMPTLY AT 7:00 p.m. in the Pinnacle Ballroom. Plan to arrive by 6:45 p.m.
Stoweflake Resort
For all Blood Cancer Survivors and Caregivers. “Losing your mind? It Might Be Chemo-Brain!”
Join us for dessert and discussion on cancer treatment and chemo-brain with Special Guest Speaker, Owen Drudge, PhD, Fletcher Allen Memory Center
NO CHARGE. Begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Trapp Family Lodge
Young Survivors Panel Discussion & Dessert
Elizabeth Goldstein and Duncan Fowler
Facilitated by Kathleen McBeth, M.A., Clinical Coordinator, Cancer Patient Support Program, Vermont Cancer Center at the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care

According to the National Cancer Institute seventy thousand young adults aged 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer each year, representing 6% of the entire cancer population. The rate of survival among children or adults with cancer has improved in the past 30 years however, among young adults it has barely shifted. Cancer is a challenging and heartbreaking disease at any age. Yet, being diagnosed in your twenties and thirties can disrupt major milestones: new career, financial independence, fertility. The Young Survivor’s Support Group is able to reach out to individuals with cancer and give them a place to speak freely and openly with others who are on this same path. This panel consists of members of this group, they will share their experience, strength and hope with the people who attend this dessert.
Stoweflake Resort
Coping with Metastatic Cancer: A Panel Discussion
Facilitated by Rose Colletti, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist, Cancer Patient Support Program, Vermont Cancer Center at the University of Vermont andt Fletcher Allen Health Care
Stoweflake Resort
8:30 pm Evening Social
Enjoy a relaxing evening with friends. Live music by Sean “Mad Dog” Madden and Brett Sears, a rare mix of folk, rock and alternative sounds.
Stoweflake Resort
Charlie B's
9:15 pm -
10:15 pm

{repeated on Saturday night}
Stowe at Night Guided Lantern Tour: Ghost Stories and History Too!
Carry our candle-lit lantern as you hear entertaining stories of the resident ghosts of Stowe. Hear compelling stories of early settlers and view Stowe’s historic buildings.
Meet at Stowe Area Association at 51 Main Street
Saturday, May 3(All daytime events will take place at The Stoweflake Resort; Pre-registration is not required for Saturday Sessions)
7:00 am Yoga Aerobics Studio
8:00 am -
4:00 pm
Registration / Information Desk Open Stoweflake Resort Atrium
9:00 am -
10:00 am
KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY JEFFREY F. GALLAHUE, SURVIVOR
It’s Better to Give Than Receive... But What Happens When You Receive More Than You Give?
On October 12, 2009, I heard the three most dreaded words that a doctor can utter to their patient, “You have Cancer.” Life was good; I was in my car driving to the golf course with my son to play a round of golf. How quickly it all changes. When does it sink in that I might die since everyone is lead to believe that cancer is a death sentence. I am lucky; I did not receive a death sentence from cancer but was given a new life, a whole bunch different but still an awfully good life. I got to witness my oldest son get married and seven months ago got to hold my first grandchild. When you first hear those three words from the doctor your life does change, you have the opportunity to realize what your life was and then you get a chance to look at what it will be. We cannot change the past but we can impact the future. It all depends on what we want our life to be. As an “experienced cancer patient” I can offer help and support to those who are battling through their treatment, I can offer encouragement to someone who is suffering as I did. I can try to make another’s life a little better. That is what I chose to do.
Jeff Gallahue is the President and Founder of The Galtee Group in Canton, MA, a third-party institutional marketing firm, representing Kleinwort Benson Investors in Dublin, Ireland. Additionally, his professional career has included work for numerous institutional investment management firms. Jeff is the President and Founder of WE BEAT CANCER FOUNDATION, a non-profit Foundation set up to assist cancer patients and their families during their treatment. When Jeff Gallahue was diagnosed with malignant throat cancer his family, friends and medical team surrounded him with love and support and today we are blessed to say, “We Beat Cancer”. The foundation now wants to help other cancer patients and their families. Webeatcancer.org.
Pinnacle Ballroom
9:00 am –
4:00 pm
Health Fair & Wellness Expo
Visit with numerous organizations for valuable resources and information
Atrium & Stowe North/South
10:00 am –
3:00 pm
REIKI SESSIONS
Ongoing throughout the day on a first-come, first served basis.
The Vermont Reiki Association is offering 15 minute complimentary sessions. Reiki helps reduce stress and increase energy. Many cancer patients and others use it as part of their wellness program.
Sign-up sheets will be available in the Green Mountain Ballroom B
Green Mountain B
10:00 am –
3:00 pm
American Red Cross Blood Drive Stoweflake Resort parking lot - bloodmobile
10:30 am -
12:00 pm
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
  1. Long -term Cardiovascular Complications of Cancer Therapy
    Anju Nohria, M.D., Co-Director, Cardio-Oncology Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital
    Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in cancer survivors. Dr. Nohria will discuss the cardiac complications associated with thoracic radiation, such as for Hodgkin's lymphoma, and those associated with anthracyclines and trastuzumab chemotherapy; cardiovascular complications of novel therapies such as VEGF inhibitors and other tyrosine kinase inhibitors; and the current screening recommendations to detect and treat cardiovascular complications in long-term survivors.
  2. ICanSir! Finding Hope and Connection … No Matter What!
    George P. Kansas
    Turning fear into FANTASTIC! - Let’s face it, this can be a scary experience. For patient, survivor and caregiver, fear can be debilitating. It impacts our communications, our relationships, our businesses, our everything! We already know that our attitude can profoundly impact our experience. Learn the science behind turning fear into inspiration and how doing so can help you find hope and connection in the cancer experience, no matter what!
  3. Food is More Than Something to Eat
    Sue Johanssen, Registered Dietician, Certified Diabetes Educator, National Life Cancer Treatment Center, Central Vermont Medical Center
    Numerous substances and nutrients in foods play a role in cancer prevention and also influence cancer development. This discussion will highlight the ongoing research done by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the evidence regarding specific cancers and nutrition.
  4. Lung Cancer 2014: New Opportunities
    Gerald Davis, M.D., Pulmonologist, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Vermont Cancer Center at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care; Brent Devenney, R.N., OCN, Nurse Navigator, Fletcher Allen Health Care
    A Lung cancer overview (national statistics on incidence, prognosis by stage, cell types) and discussion on new opportunities for Screening and Treatment. Time for Questions and Discussion with presenters.
  5. Cancer and Bone Health: Prevention and Treatment of Bone Metastasis
    Jane Lian, Ph.D., and Marie Wood, M.D., Vermont Cancer Center at Fletcher Allen Health Care
    In this session we will present the basic biology behind cancer metastases to bone as well as factors that influence the spread of cancer to bone, whether it be breast, prostate or lung cancer. We will also discuss strategies for prevention and treatment of bone metastasis with a focus on bone health.
  6. You’ve Got a Friend - Lamoille Home Health & Hospice
    Kathy Demars, RN, Executive Director, Lamoille Home Health & Hospice; Dawn Lefebre, RN, Certified Hospice Care Nurse; Charlene Camire, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator
    An inside look at the world of home health and hospice. What is it? When might you or a loved one find it helpful? How do you choose the agency that's right for you? An informative look at the many services that make up a Home Health and Hospice agency. We're more than you might think!
  7. Fighting Fear: The Five Super Powers Within You
    Dave Esty; and Kids with Cancer/Saturday's Child Program, Krissa Jamieson, Pediatric RN
    We each have potential Five Powers to fight cancer – Physical; Intellectual; Emotional; Experiential; and Spiritual. Pitting all five against cancer can produce remarkable results.
  8. Prostate Cancer
    Richard Graham, M.D., Urologist, Gifford Medical Center
    Knowledge is power! This discussion should help give you the tools you need to better understand the disease and to help you make informed decisions about treatment.
  9. The Importance of Exercise in Cancer Recovery -The Moving For Life Approach
    Dr. Martha Eddy; Bonnie McGlynn DeLuca; Linda Tumbarello
    Join Dr. Martha Eddy, a leader in cancer recovery through exercise. Led by movement professionals, Moving for Life will leave you feeling energized and ready to seize life fully and completely. Dr. Eddy will discuss how exercise can address 9 different side-effects from cancer treatment including what types of exercise are helpful for each. There will be an opportunity to ask your personal questions and receive her expertise. Anyone dealing with the fatigue, weakness, weight gain, depression, lymphedema, joint or bone pain, and/or other associations with cancer treatment, or coping with similar physical challenges may benefit. Come to learn, and enjoy your body in a new way! We will conclude our session with a special gift - sharing with you a series of activities that you can do for yourself at home - Linda Tumbarello's 5-minute Helpers.
  10. One to One Cancer Fitness Assessment and Prescription
    David Dorfman, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Cancer Fitness Coach
    20-minute one:one sessions; first-come, first-serve {repeated during 1:30 -2:30pm; and 3:00 pm-4:00 PM session timeslots}
12:00 pm –
1:30 pm
Lunch Break - On Own
Alive! with Song– Central Vermont’s chorus of cancer survivors and caregivers will entertain during the lunch hour.
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
  1. Sexuality, Exercise & Nutrition for Cancer Survivors - Panel Presentation
    Kate L. Wilcox, RN, BAN, OCN; Connie Johnson, MSN, FNP-C, APRN, Hematology/Oncology Nurse Practitioner; Susan Brighton, MSN, FNP-C, APRN, Hematology Nurse Practitioner - Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
    Let’s talk about sex, nutrition and exercise in the setting of cancer treatment and as a cancer survivor. We will explore safe sexual practices during chemotherapy and ways to promote a healthy relationship. Diet and exercise is vital to your overall sense of wellbeing and can assist in your recovery. This discussion will leave you empowered to make positive changes into your everyday life that will lead you on a path to wellness.
  2. Coping with the Emotional Side of Cancer
    Kevin Murphy, Author
    Kevin Murphy's award-winning book, "Surviving Cancer After Surving Cancer," is a rarity - a man's view of dealing with the emotional side of cancer. As Dr. Bernie Siegel says in the Foreword, " I have seen how hard it is for men to show their feeling, (they) are into doing and thinking and not feeling." Kevin's wife had cancer. She survived. The marriage didn't. An accomplished courtroom lawyer, he shares his painful experience in inspirational lessons learned in hopes that others' relationships don't fall victim to the insidious disease.
  3. Family-Centered Care: Supporting Self and Family in the Midst of Cancer
    Julia Wick, MS, LCMHC, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor; Ali Waltien, CCLS, Child Life Specialist –Vermont Cancer Center at Fletcher Allen Health Care
    This presentation will provide participants with helpful self-care strategies to nourish and support psychological well-being after a cancer diagnosis. Additionally, we believe that cancer is a family diagnosis as it affects all members of the family unit. We will provide families with helpful tools for supporting children of all ages after an adult caregiver has been diagnosed with cancer. Presentation will address the question of how to find balance when you’re the patient AND the parent.
  4. Developing Your Own Survivorship Care Plan - How to Set Meaningful Short and Long Term Goals
    Vickie Yattaw R.N., OCN®, CBCN, Oncology Resource Nurse, C.R. Wood Cancer Center
    This workshop will help survivors set goals for wellness. Goals offer a way to measure where you are now and visualize where you want to be in the future. We will discuss goals as they relate to Improving activity levels, nutrition, sleep, managing moods and emotions, side effects and making mind body connections.
  5. Ovarian Cancer Treatment: Past, Present and Future
    Cheung Wong, M.D., Director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Vermont Cancer Center at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care; Karen Lounsbury, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology, Vermont Cancer Center at the University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care
    Learn about the current progress in treatments for ovarian cancer as well as prospects for future therapies from a collaborative team of cancer research scientist and gynecologic oncologist.
  6. From Surviving to Thriving: A Family's Story
    Matthew DiMasi, Survivor and author of My Cancer Card
    A panel with Gayle and Robert DiMasi and their son, Matt DiMasi, a 22 year old cancer survivor who was diagnosed at 20 years of age with a neuroendocrine cancer and a brain injury. Listen to Matt's story of being a college student and athlete, and hear how he and his family learned to advocate, adapt and accommodate their life styles for Matt to be able to still do the things he loves. Gayle and Robert will talk about the challenges of being a caregiver and parent and the difficulties that can occur with having a "child" who is over 18.
  7. Breast Cancer Quality: What You Need to Know....or at Least Ask
    Ted James, M.D., Vermont Cancer Center at the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care
    Review progress in breast cancer quality improvement including what patients need to know to ensure optimal outcome.
  8. Dance Fusion: Get Fit, Get Tone, Get Happy!
    Vanessa Underwood, CSCS, AFAA, CPT, Underwood Sports & Fitness, Survivor, Fitness Trainer, Cancer Exercise Specialist, Wellness Consultant
    Add a few weights, sing a few songs, twist and shout, a little Zumba Dance, and you will have yourself a good time and a fun work out. No rhythm? No worries, JUST MOVE!
  9. One to One Cancer Fitness Assessment and Prescription
    David Dorfman, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Cancer Fitness Coach
    20-minute one: one sessions; first-come, first-serve {repeated during 3:00 pm-4:00 PM session timeslot}
  10. Using Acupuncture to Support Cancer Care
    Joshua Singer, L.Ac., Integrative Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
    Acupuncture is being seen more commonly throughout our country alongside cancer treatment. This form of medicine can help minimize the potential side effects of chemotherapy, radiation, help recovery from surgery, and manage anxiety during the treatment process. By minimizing the side effects and maintain appropriate dosing, we can help maximize cancer treatment effects.
2:30 pm –
3:00 pm
Break
3:00 pm –
4:00 pm
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
  1. Kindred Connections: Helping Others/Helping Ourselves, A Panel Discussion
    Panel: Sherry Rhynard, Chuck Rhynard, Henry Erickson, and Shelley Martin - members of the Vermont Cancer Survivor Network
    Moderated by: David Cranmer, Coordinator, Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer
    A Panel discussion with members of Kindred Connections, a nationally recognized peer- to-peer support program for cancer survivors offered by the Vermont Cancer Survivor Network. Learn more about the benefits of giving and receiving support from “someone who has been there.”
  2. BEYOND THE PINK: Transcending Breast Cancer Using Integrative Medicine and Soul Journeying with Passion and Purpose
    Edna Benziger, RRT,BA,MS, Reiki Master
    A focus on how to “transcend” rather than survive. “Beyond the Pink” focusing primarily on prevention, especially if one is in fear of recurrent cancers in high risk patients. Alternative and complementary modalities will be reviewed as well as deep spiritual healing.
  3. Legends of the Wounded Healer
    Jonna Goulding, M.D., Palliative Care Physician and Storyteller, Central Vermont Medical Center
    She will recount and discuss several ancient legends, including the story of Chiron, the wounded healer of Greek mythology. These stories can help us understand our own and others’ experience of illness, wounds, and healing, and are relevant as we consider the power to heal ourselves and others.
  4. Surgical Treatments for Melanoma
    Seth Harlow, M.D., Fletcher Allen Health Care
  5. Living with the Fear of Recurrence and How to Keep the Fear at Bay
    Cathy Rousse, LICSW, Oncology Clinical Social Worker in the Cancer Program, Central Vermont Medical Center
    Participants will share personal strategies for coping, as well as learn ways to create “the new normal” and other self-help skills to reduce anxiety and find happiness in the face of fear.
  6. Coming Home Again: Working in Partnership With Your Primary Care Provider
    Lucy Patti, M.D., Family Practice Physician, Central Vermont Medical Center
    A discussion on how cancer survivors and their primary care providers can work together to meet patients’ survivorship needs.
  7. Silence is Not So Golden: Women’s Cancer and Intimacy Issues Sharing & Discussion
    Vanessa Underwood, CSCS, AFAA, CPT, Underwood Sports & Fitness, Survivor, Fitness Trainer, Cancer Exercise Specialist, Wellness Consultant
    You’re certainly not alone. Let’s break the taboo and talk about what no one is talking about!
  8. Zumba
    Kiki Lee Rose, Licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor
    Please join me for an invigorating International dance fitness class at a moderate intensity. You can expect a variety of rhythms and dance moves including African, Latin, Hip Hop and Bollywood. No previous dance experience necessary. Be prepared to sweat and have fun!
  9. One to One Cancer Fitness Assessment and Prescription
    David Dorfman, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Cancer Fitness Coach
    20-minute one: one sessions; first-come, first-serve
  10. Life After Tits
    Bruce Babington, Consultant Sports Osteopath, MSc Sports Injury & Therapy
    Many of you who have undergone treatment for breast cancer, in particular mastectomy procedures, probably haven’t discussed the importance of rehabilitation following and during your treatment. The somewhat radical techniques to achieve a cure can be damaging to the surrounding tissues and detrimental to “normal” function. Rehabilitation can improve the range of movement of various joints, and restore muscular function.
  11. Experience the Joy of Hula Hooping - Outside in the Stoweflake Resort Courtyard (weather-permitting)
    Carol Becker, Physical Therapist, Fitness Hooping Instructor
    Interactive demonstration of hula hooping for fitness. Hoops for participants of all ages and sizes.
4:15 pm KeyBank Vermont City Marathon & Stowe Weekend of Hope Fun Run
Join “Miles for a Mission” volunteers for a 3-5 mile group training run through Stowe.
Meet at Stoweflake Resort main entrance
7:30 pm –
8:30 pm
Ecumenical Candlelight Service for Remembrance and Hope
This interfaith service is one of the most poignant elements of the weekend. Through singing, liturgical dancing, sharing, and memorial candle lighting, those gathered will honor and remember cancer survivors.
Stowe Community Church
7:30 pm –
8:30 pm
Stowe at Night Guided Lantern Tour: Ghost Stories And History Too!
Carry our candle-lit lantern as you hear entertaining stories of the resident ghosts of Stowe. Hear compelling stories of early settlers and view Stowe’s historic buildings.
Meet at Stowe Area Association at 51 Main Street
8:00 pm -
11:00 pm
Dance Party with Ross Livermore Band!
$5.00 cover charge to benefit Stowe Weekend of Hope
Town & Country Lodge
Sunday, May 4
7:30 am –
10:30 am
Breakfast Buffet - $20 per person (includes tax and gratuity)
First come, first served; reservations not accepted.
Trapp Family Lodge
8:00 am Special Mass and Blessing for Cancer Survivors Blessed Sacrament Church, 728 Mountain Road
8:00 am Yoga Stoweflake Resort/ Aerobics Studio
9:00 am –
10:30 am
Survivor’s Victory Hike with Prayer Flags!
Led by George P. Kansas and David Dorfman
Join George and Dave, both survivor athletes, for an inspirational and reflective journey as they take a brief hike ending at closing ceremonies. A fitting finish to a great weekend and inspiring beginning to your new life!
Meet at Stoweflake Resort main lobby
11:00 am –
12:30 pm
Closing Ceremony & Dedication of Flags of Hope & Healing
Join us and be entertained, inspired and uplifted by world-class performances including the TRIP Dancers, Ross Livermore Band, Patrick Fitzsimmons, Hannah Marshall and Craig Vigneau, and the North End Drummers. As always, the ceremony will conclude with the remembrance of those we have lost to cancer and with the reading of the Lakota Prayer of Healings as we dedicate the Flags of Hope. Raffle prize winners will be announced.
Stoweflake Resort/ Pinnacle Ballroom
CLOSING CEREMONY HIGHLIGHTS:
North End Drummers is a Burlington-based percussion group which has for several years played for community dances (and the Burlington Marathon) with a focus on the rhythms of West Africa, North Africa and the Middle East. At this Weekend of Hope we present original works by our friend and bandmate Mike McKay, whom we lost to lung cancer this March. Mike was an inspiring and disciplined drummer, sustained and lifted by music right through his last days. We will remember him through our music. {Pictured second from left} www.facebook.com/groups/northenddrummers.

TRIP Dance Company, is a competitive dance troupe founded by Helena Sullivan, Artistic Director and Owner of Stowe Dance Academy. It began in 2000 with 6 teenagers and has expanded to include 44 dancers ages 6-18. TRIP, originally named by young company dancers at its inception, stands for Technique, Rehearse, Implement and Perform. www.stowedance.com/tripdance

Patrick Fitzsimmons
Patrick has just released "Hope Is", his sixth CD and first on Malletts Bay Records. The title is directly inspired by the Emily Dickinson poem, "Hope Is the Thing With Feathers" but the album's emotional content is grounded in powerful real life events. This CD is the Vermont-based songwriter's definitive statement after a victorious battle with cancer. The buoyant drive of the album marks a compositional breakthrough for the critically acclaimed songwriter who has been called “one of the most captivating songwriters around today” by Relix Magazine. John Platt of WFUV radio said, "Patrick has such a melodic gift and crystal clear voice...a singer-songwriter of the first rank". www.patrickfitzsimmons.net
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