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: This schedule is from the 2015 Stowe Weekend of Hope which has passed. Please check back in March 2016 for the 2016 schedule of events.

Friday, May 1, 2015 – Events at various Stowe locations
8:00 am –
7:00 pm
Stop here first to pick up your nametag and other registration materials – all attendees, speakers and volunteers.
Main Street, Stowe Village
9:00 am -
2:30 pm
{pre-registration required; anyone who pre-registers for this session should plan to pick up their registration materials at The Stoweflake Resort prior to 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning. The program begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.}
Hope and Wellness Through Movement for the Mind and Body
David Dorfman, Cancer Athletics, and other instructors. All levels and abilities welcome!
Physical activity enhances quality of life in survivorship and reduces cancer risk by improving immune system response, reducing fatigue, maintaining healthy bones, muscles and joints, helping weight control, blood pressure, reducing risk of heart disease and providing psychological well-being. We'll have a myriad of activities to choose from, some vigorous and some easy. Join us for a full day of healing activities including yoga, meditation, water exercise, “Healthy Steps,” biking, weight training and much more! Pick what's right for you and join us for our Weekend of Hope exercise program.
{for survivors and their guest; a detailed agenda and description of activities will be emailed prior to the event.}
{box lunches available for purchase onsite}
10:00 am -
12:00 pm
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS {pre-registration required}
  1. Active Against Cancer: Walk and Talk
    {10:00 AM – 11:00 AM}
    STOWE REC PATH (Meet at Stowe Visitor's Center)
    Nancy Brennan, Ovarian Cancer Survivor, Author of Active Against Cancer: A Guide to Improving Your Cancer Recovery with Exercise
    Join up to walk together on the Stowe Rec path while learning more about the value of exercise in cancer recovery. Meet other cancer survivors, learn information, and share your story in an informal and aerobic setting. You can walk at your own pace. In case of rain, we will "walk" indoors with video aid and have a lively discussion.

  2. Finding Joy and Hope as we All Paint Together!
    {For Survivors Only}
    Ival Stratford-Kovner, MS, MFA, Ival Visual Arts
    Each attendee will complete a small watercolor utilizing various still-life objects like fruit and vegetables. A group mural will be completed, emphasizing the spirit of joy that we share through painting together. Instruction will include basic techniques and even "secrets" of watercolor, with one-to-one guidance during the workshop. All materials provided and instructor's newest booklet of eight lessons will be a gift to each person.

  3. Touch, Caring, and Cancer: Safe and Soothing Techniques for the Cancer Journey
    Janet Kahn, Ph.D., LMT, Empowering Partners; Catherine Cerulli, M.Ed., Interwoven Healing Arts
    Touch can be so important during the cancer journey, yet research shows that family members often touch their loved ones less often after they have received a cancer diagnosis. This often unconscious behavior may reflect people’s concern about whether their touch will somehow hurt the person with cancer, or spread the cancer, or maybe just not be “good” enough to be comforting. At the same time, caregivers also express that one of the hardest parts of loving someone with cancer is feeling helpless and not knowing what to do. This experiential workshop provides instruction in safe, gentle massage and acupressure techniques that can address this often undiscussed issue.
    Intended Audience: For cancer patients and their caregivers

1:00 pm -
3:00 pm
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS {pre-registration required}
  1. Walking the Labyrinth: Journey Toward Wellness (for all levels)
    Janine Mariscotti, MSW, LCSW, Veriditas-trained Labyrinth facilitator, Assistant Professor of Social Work, La Salle University; Lynne Texter, Ph.D. , Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication, La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA
    The Labyrinth is a walking meditation recognized by The American Cancer Society as a valuable complementary treatment for people with cancer. The Labyrinth is a mind-body practice that can assist us in healing, finding peace, managing stress, making decisions, and enhancing awareness. The presenters have facilitated numerous labyrinth workshops with cancer survivors and co-survivors, many of whom reported feeling more calm, relaxed, thankful, peaceful, and/or spiritual after walking the labyrinth. Many participants have also reported that the labyrinth walk, often viewed as a metaphor for life’s journey, mirrors their personal cancer journey. Participants will learn about the labyrinth and have an opportunity to participate in a guided labyrinth walk followed by discussion.

  2. Finding Joy and Hope as we All Paint Together!
    {For Survivors Only}
    Ival Stratford-Kovner, MS, MFA, Ival Visual Arts
    See overview of session above.

  3. Healing Through Play: Strategies to Care for Self and Family
    Julia Wick, MS, LCMHC, University of Vermont Medical Center; Ali Waltien, CCLS, certified Child Life Specialist, University of Vermont Cancer Center
    In this experiential session, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Julia Wick and Certified Child Life Specialist Ali Waltien acknowledge that cancer impacts all members of the family. Using therapeutic play techniques, Julia and Ali work with adult participants to give them tools to address the many emotions of cancer both to support themselves and all members of the family.
    Intended Audience: Some of the discussion will revolve around children, so having children in the family (kids, grandkids, nieces/nephews, etc) would be ideal.

  4. Experiencing Mindfulness Tools for Health and Wellness for Cancer Patients and Caregivers
    Roz Grossman MA, The Neshamah Center; Dr. Yujing Sun, College of Medicine, University of Vermont
    This will be an experiential workshop on mindfulness practices known to ease stress and anxiety and encourage well-being. Participants will be introduced to gentle practices including a body scan, mindful movement, and short meditations. The workshop is based on the presenter’s experience offering an 8-week workshop, Mindfulness Tools for Health and Wellness, at the University of Vermont Medical Center. Mindfulness Tools is based on the world-renowned Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. This program has been shown through research studies to reduce stress and anxiety associated with a cancer diagnosis. Research has shown positive changes through mindfulness in the immune system, the brain, and overall quality of life. The workshop will help participants cope with the difficulties of a cancer diagnosis and be more present in their lives.
    Intended Audience: For cancer survivors, support persons and professionals
4:00 pm –
5:00 pm
The official kick-off of the Stowe Weekend of Hope festivities.
Stoweflake Resort Courtyard
6:45 pm -
7:25 pm
“Pretty in Pink” Fashion Show, Presented by the Green Ribbon Retailers, which begins promptly at 6:45 p.m. PLAN TO ARRIVE BY 6:45 PM. Stoweflake Resort - Pinnacle Ballroom
FRIDAY EVENING ACTIVITIES: The format for Friday evening has changed! Roundtable discussions will be offered on a variety of topics from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and dessert will not be served. There is no fee to attend, and advance registration is NOT required. Survivors, caregivers and family members are welcome to attend. Join us after you’ve dined in Stowe for lively roundtable discussions on your topic of choice.
7:30 pm -
9:00 pm
Understanding Your Body After Cancer Treatment: Learning to Read our New “Owner’s Manual”
Patricia O’Brien, M.D., Internal Medicine Physician, The University of Vermont Medical Center
Dr O’Brien is a cancer patient herself, treated 20 years ago, for a locally advanced cancer. She now works as a physician treating patients with symptoms related to their cancer treatment. Cancer treatments can cause a variety of changes in our bodies, and it takes time to learn to understand our new bodies. She’ll review all the various new things you may feel but not understand after or during cancer treatments. She will discuss when and how to talk to our hematologist or oncologist about these changes, and what can be done to help with these symptoms. Topics such as “chemobrain”, lymphedema, anxiety, and fatigue will be discussed. She also works with the Oncology Rehab program and will talk about why exercise and activity is very important as part of healing.
Stoweflake Resort - North & South Room
7:30 pm -
9:00 pm
For all Blood Cancer Survivors and Caregivers featuring a movie presentation of the Emperor of all Maladies
Sponsored by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Trapp Family Lodge - St. George Room
7:30 pm -
9:00 pm
Young Survivors Panel Roundtable Discussion
Facilitated by Kathleen McBeth, M.A., University of Vermont Cancer Center
The diagnosis of cancer at any age is very difficult however when you are a young adult many of these challenges are not typical in the cancer world. Please join us for a panel discussion with three young adults who have gone through this experience and are willing to share their stories and are interested in hearing from you how you managed to cope with your own cancer.
Stoweflake Resort - Beatrice Room
7:30 pm -
9:00 pm
Living with Melanoma Roundtable Discussion
Ryan J Sullivan, MGH Cancer Center
The goals of this presentation would be to offer participants a chance to discuss the risk factors of melanoma, its detection and diagnosis, as well as the treatment of operable and non-operable disease.
Stoweflake Resort - Executive Boardroom
7:30 pm -
9:30 pm
Decoding Annie Parker - Feature Presentation!
Special Screening of Decoding Annie Parker, a full-length feature film starring Oscar-award-winning actress Helen Hunt. “Based on true events, Decoding Annie Parker tells the life affirming story of two remarkable women; the irrepressible Annie Parker, a three time cancer survivor and the geneticist Mary-Claire King whose discovery of the breast cancer BRCA gene mutation is considered one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century.” (Official website for Decoding Annie Parker).

Wendy McKinnon, a certified genetic counselor at the University of Vermont Cancer Center’s Familial Cancer Program will present a short introduction to familial cancer as well as host time for questions after the film. Popcorn will be provided!
Stoweflake Resort - Pinnacle Ballroom
8:30 pm Evening Social
Enjoy a relaxing evening with friends. Live music by Sean “Mad Dog” Madden and Brett “SouthPaw” 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 Visitor's Center at 51 Main Street
Saturday, May 2, 2015 – All daytime events will take place at The Stoweflake Resort. All events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is NOT required.
7:00 am Yoga OFFSITE: The Yoga Barn, 2850 Mountain Road Stowe
8:00 am -
4:00 pm
Registration / Information Desk Open Stoweflake Resort Atrium
9:00 am -
10:00 am
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Dan Shapiro, Ph.D., Penn State College of Medicine

"A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Chemotherapy"
Dan Shapiro, Ph.D. is the Garner James Kline Professor of Humanities in Medicine and the Chair of the Department of Humanities at Penn State College of Medicine. (more info)
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
Ongoing throughout the day on a first-come, first served basis. Sign-up sheets will be available in the Green Mountain Ballroom B.
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.
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
  1. New Developments in the Treatment of Ovarian Cancer
    Room: Beatrice
    Cheung Wong, M.D., Director, Gynecologic Oncology Division of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Vermont Health Center; Karen Lounsbury, Ph.D., University of Vermont Health Center
    This presentation will be co-presented by a clinical oncologist and a basic cancer researcher who collaborate together on research to define new therapeutic targets for ovarian cancer. The topics presented will include information regarding the current clinical treatments for ovarian cancer and the underlying biology that has led to new potential treatments for ovarian cancer. Information will be provided about ongoing and new clinical trials for ovarian cancer that are related to these new treatments.

  2. Recipe for Breast Health
    Room: Pinnacle B
    Chef Curtiss Hemm, Founder & Executive Director of Pink Ribbon Cooking, LLC; Jennifer May, RD, CD, Registered Dietitian, Cancer Patient Support Program at the Vermont Cancer Center
    Increasingly studies suggest that a healthy diet may help minimize the lifetime risk of breast cancer. This session will address current and trending thinking about the relationship between breast cancer, personal nourishment, the modern diet, contemporary food systems, and discuss how one might sustainably move transform their current practices. This session will encourage better breast health and overall wellness for preventions, survivorship and caregiving.

  3. Caring for Ourselves and Each Other: Simple Techniques for the Cancer Journey
    Room: Stuart
    Janet Kahn, PhD, Empowering Partners; Catherine Cerulli, M.Ed., Interwoven Healing Arts
    For cancer patients, their family and friends, the cancer journey can be exhausting and stressful, as well as rich and insightful. You can learn techniques that support your nervous system to more effectively deal with the stress and create a sense of inner well-being. In this experiential workshop, you will learn simple, effective skills that can alleviate stress, anxiety, fatigue, pain and nausea. These same techniques will deepen self-awareness, support self-care and care for one another, increase confidence and competence, and sometimes they will leave you laughing. The techniques offered will draw from our years of teaching the healing ways of massage, aromatherapy, acupressure, mindful breathing and even therapeutic yawning. Research demonstrates the effectiveness of these techniques with not only cancer patients, but also with veterans returning from deployment, children, and those that love them.

  4. iCanSir! - The 8 Words That Saved My Life and Will Certainly Change Yours!
    Room: Pinnacle A
    George P. Kansas, Author and Survivor,
    You've survived*… now what? Are you ready to LIVE each day embracing the promise of your most desired and prized potential? Are you ready to seize the moment and renew, recharge and reinvigorate your efforts to dream big and live BIG? In this program, you will differentiate the things you have to do, the things you want to do, and the things you were born to do in a post-cancer mindset. Everything you accomplish from here on will depend on two things: 1) How you see your situation now and 2) How you act in response to it. Attendees will learn the "secrets" to living life without fear after cancer. You WILL be changed by your time with this single father, survivor, popular author and energetic speaker! (Reminder: Survivorship begins at diagnosis and includes caregiving, too!)

  5. Live, Love, Laugh…Today, Tomorrow and the Rest of Your Life
    Room: Green Mountain A
    Karen Carey, Ruby Red Road; Kevin Carey
    The onset of an unplanned, life-changing event throws your life and the lives of the people you love into chaos. Everything changes. You change - your world changes. Your path into your own future is no longer clear, predictable or guaranteed. Is there an opportunity in this adversity, an unexpected gift, a way to transform your life, to focus your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy on health, hope and joy? For better or worse the challenge is to redesign your life, to protect and preserve, to take advantage of new perspectives and to create a life you will love to live. How do you survive and prosper? How do you turn adversity into opportunity? How do you turn a threat into a passion for living? How do you count every moment and make every moment count? This program provides five, life changing, universal, simple to learn “Tools-for-Living,” to help you build a new path to each day and to your future.

  6. Calling all Men
    Room: Mansfield
    Jeff Gallahue and Kevin Murphy - We Beat Cancer
    Jeff and Kevin, as patient and caregiver respectively, will use their experiences to reach out to the men that are present as patients or caregivers. We will talk about some of what we went through and start a discussion as to what people in the audience have been though.

  7. Healing Through Authentic Movement
    Room: Aerobics Studio
    Reina Kato Lansigan, M.S.S.W., Dartmouth College
    This workshop is a grooving celebration of body and soul! It is yoga, support group, dance party, exercise, and meditation all combined into one package. With simple guided movement practiced to inspiring world music, you’ll be led on a JOURNEY where emotion flow naturally – exuberance, joy, doubt, fear, anger, frustration, sorrow, gratitude… EXPLORE MOVEMENT AS A LANGUAGE, expanding your consciousness, reconnecting with your inner self, releasing tension and anxiety. YOUR MIND will become clearer, free, and full of positive affirmations. YOUR BODY will feel more supple and energized. YOU choose the intensity of your physical workout and emotional release. OPEN to MEN & WOMEN of All Ages, Shapes, Sizes, and Fitness Levels. OPEN to ALL: Survivors, Patients in Various Stages of Cancer, Caregivers, and Healthcare Professionals. (If you are well enough to walk, you can take this session) ABSOLUTELY NO DANCE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

  8. How an 8 year old and a 75 year old Survived Cancer. Two Intertwining Lives.
    Room: Executive Boardroom
    Dave Esty, Founder of Saturday’s Child; Emma McGeorge, Advisory Council, Saturday’s Child’s
    Emma and Dave each tell similar stories of beating the daunting odds of their rare cancers. Their perspectives 7 years later. Dave’s 5 Powers – Physical; Intellectual; Emotional; Experiential and Spiritual. Emma’s message for parents.

  9. On Belay Program for Kids and Families
    Room: Collins Reception Area
    Liz Weld, Program; Jason Leach, Facilitator; Allie Birchmeier, Board Member
    Come play with On Belay! This workshop is for kids and families who want to have some fun and take a break from their everyday experience. Join us for fun and games and learn about how On Belay is helping families from all over New England. On Belay provides adventure programs for kids who have or have had a family member with cancer. Come see how spending time laughing and playing can help to ease the tension at home and create opportunities for kids to manage their stress and create resiliency through being part of a community of peers who understand what they are experiencing.
    Intended audience: Kids who have a family member with cancer and their families

  10. One to One Cancer Fitness Assessment and Prescription
    Room: Women's Fitness Studio
    David Dorfman, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Cancer Fitness Coach
    20-minute one:one sessions; first-come, first-serve. {repeated during 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm; and 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm session timeslots}

12:00 pm –
1:30 pm
Lunch Break - On Own
1:30 pm -
2:30 pm
  1. The Joy of Hula Hooping
    Room: Aerobics Studio
    Carol Becker, Physical Therapist, Fitness Hooping
    Hula Hooping is a great way to improve your posture, tone your core muscles and improve your balance and coordination It will surely bring a smile to your face as it is rejuvenating and most importantly FUN!. This class will teach you the basic mechanics of Hooping and bring your forward with exploring the space around you while moving with a hoop. Hula Hoops will provided for use in class for all body sizes and ages. Young children should be accompanied by an adult. Please wear casual clothing.

  2. Caregivers: The Other Cancer Survivors
    Room: Green Mountain A
    Moderator: David Cranmer, President and co-Founder, Vermont Cancer Survivor Network; Panelists: Ben Davis, Allison Cranmer, Chuck Rhynard, Sherry Rhynard, Brenda Mooney
    Panel Discussion: Vermont Cancer Survivor Network's Caregiver Kindred Connections volunteers share their stories on caring for a loved one with cancer and participate in a two-way discussion on tips for caregivers - for both during and after cancer treatment.

  3. Family Advocacy
    Room: Executive Boardroom
    Gayle P. DiMasi, State of Vermont, Family Services Division of the Department for Children and Families; Matthew DiMasi; Robert DiMasi
    A panel presentation with the DiMasi family, Gayle, her husband Robert, and their 23 year old son Matthew who was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer back in 2012. Each will provide a perspective view on how cancer has affected their lives and our family. Discusion will focus on strategies that worked and what type of resources were helpful.

  4. Genetic Counseling & Testing for Inherited Cancer
    Room: Beatrice
    Wendy McKinnon, MS, CGC, Certified Genetic Counselor, Familial Cancer Program, University of Vermont Cancer Center
    This session will review the features of inherited cancers and explain who might be a candidate for referral for cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling and possibly genetic testing. This talk will review what happens during a genetic counseling session, as well as review the risks, benefits and limitations of undergoing genetic testing for cancer risk.

  5. Surviving Cancer After Surviving Cancer
    Room: Pinnacle C
    Kevin L. Murphy, The Phyllis Foundation
    Kevin Murphy, author of "Surviving Cancer After Surviving Cancer," chronicles the story of his wife’s cancer, and how they both went down two dark roads and headed towards divorce. This presentation is important for couples, and particularly men, about how to avoid divorce, which occurs at a very high rate among cancer couples. Based on his own experience, Kevin offers tips to couples on how to stay close during this cancer crisis. His talk involves faith, strength, and the absolute miracles that are his two daughters, Elizabeth and Kathleen. Join Kevin for laughte, tears, but most importantly, a message of hope.

  6. The Benefits of Therapeutic Harp Music During Cancer Treatment and Recovery
    Room: Pinnacle A
    Margie Bekoff, Self-employed, Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner (CTHP)
    As a therapeutic harpist, Margie uses the healing power of music (melody, rhythm, tones, harmony, vibration), to meet the immediate needs of a person on a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level. People undergoing treatment for cancer can have extended periods when they are receiving infusions of medication, waiting for results, or feeling too ill or anxious to engage in any activity. There are many beneficial effects of therapeutic harp music. By promoting relaxation, anxiety is relieved and stress hormone levels are lowered. This decrease in stress hormone levels can boost the immune system, reducing susceptibility to infections. Blood pressure, and heart and respiration rates are brought to more acceptable levels. Music can hold one's attention and alter one's perception of time. Music can unlock tightly held emotions. Expression of emotions relieves anxiety, and enhances the ability to face the stresses of medical treatment. Margie's goal is to create a Cradle of Sound to support the listener in his or her journey of healing (wholeness) and growth.

  7. Mindfulness in Cancer Care: A Growing Body of Scientific Evidence
    Room: Pinnacle B
    Dr. Yujing Sun, College of Medicine, University of Vermont
    Can stress reduction programs bring benefit to patients during cancer treatment and recovery? Can being happy and peaceful help to boost the anti-cancer immunological reaction? Can practice of mindfulness reverse the attrition of aging on human cells? These are the questions that scientific research on Mindfulness based Interventions (MBI) wish to answer. In the past two decades, there is a growing interest in scientific research area to study the effect of MBI, such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness Based Cancer Recovery (MBCR), in health care. Clinicians are interested to know if the psychological improvement impacts patients’ physiological and immunological conditions and contribute to the overall outcome. These discoveries include the increase of immunological functions, the favorable functional and structural changes in the human brain and positive impact on cell longevity through an enzyme called telomerase. This presentation will provide a brief review of scientific research on MBI, the methods used in these studies and representative research stories in cancer prevention, treatment and healing. The potential research projects of MBI in cancer care at the University of Vermont Medical Center will be proposed and discussed.

  8. Sexual Healing During and After Bladder, Prostate and Testicular Cancer Treatment
    Room: Mansfield
    Betsy Perez, Copley Hospital; David Deciucies, R.N., Urologist, Copley Hospital
    Traditional and nontraditonal approaches to sexual dysfunction. This will be a very interactive talk after a 10 minute description of medical and surgical treatment for sexual dysfunction. Emphasis is on the sexual healing of the couple as a whole.

  9. Recent Developments in Immune-targeted Therapy: Inspiring Your Body to Kill your Cancer
    Room: Stuart
    Ryan J Sullivan, Medical Oncologist, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
    The development of immunotherapy has been a work in progress for the past century. From the early studies of "Coley's toxin" to the recent dramatic advances with so-called immune check-point inhibitors, immune therapy has brought with it the promise of harnessing the body's defense system to promote durable remissions. This goal of session will be to discuss the history of immune therapy, describe the rationale for why this therapy may be worthwhile in cancer, and present the remarkable achievements in this field over the past decade.

  10. One to One Cancer Fitness Assessment and Prescription
    Room: Women's Fitness Studio
    David Dorfman, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Cancer Fitness Coach
    20-minute one:one sessions; first-come, first-serve. {repeated during 10:30 am - 12:00 pm; and 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm session timeslots}

2:30 pm –
3:00 pm
3:00 pm –
4:00 pm
  1. Prostate Cancer: Multiplying Options Across the Spectrum of Stages
    Room: Pinnacle C
    George Philips, Georgetown University Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine, Hematology-Oncology Division

  2. Addressing the High Risk of Melanoma in Vermont: Everything You Wanted to Know about Vermont's Most Infamous Cancer
    Room: Green Mountain A
    Ted A James, MD, MHCM, Surgical Oncologist, University of Vermont
    Vermont now ranks as a leader in the incidence of melanoma in the United States - a serious form of skin cancer. This presentation will review risk factors for melanoma, outline individual prevention strategies and discuss measures to optimize treatment outcomes. Information on emerging researh exploring new treatment options for melanoma, suggestions for survivors of melanoma as well as ongoing public efforts to help curb the high rate of melanoma in Vermont will also be presented.

  3. Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Your Health
    Room: Beatrice
    Tom Zoeller, Professor of Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Cynthia Barstow, breast cancer survivor and Professor in the Business School
    The goal of this presentation is to provide some easy to understand information about chemicals in consumer products and how to avoid them. We will cover both the science part - the way hormones work and how chemicals can interfere with them - an the practical part - where we come into contact with these chemicals and what we can do. Cancer has touched both of us in our personal lives, and we are very sensitive to the audience and in providing useful information in a way that is not histrionic.

  4. Developing Your Own Survivorship Care Plan
    Room: Pinnacle B
    Vickie Yattaw, C.R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital
    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. Speak Up! - Your Story Matters!
    Room: Pinnacle A
    George P. Kansas - Author, Speaker Trainer and Survivor and Tracey Trottenberg - Author, Conscious Communications Expert
    If you're like many patients, survivors and caregivers you've experienced profound changes during and even well after your cancer experience. AND you want to share you story so that it may make the difference in the lives of others! The idea of it may inspire and frighten you at the same time. In this program you'll joyfully learn the 5 key ingredients of how to share your story with confidence, passion and impact to serve the people your story is meant to help… and heal!

  6. Dance Fusion
    Room: Aerobics Studio
    Vanessa Underwood, Survivor, Cancer Exercise Specialist, Personal Trainer, Wellness Consultant, Motivational Speaker, and owner of Underwood Sports and Fitness
    Want to add a little more to your Zumba class? This is a class with variety. You will dance, lift, squat, crunch a little, balance, and dance some more. A fun effective work out.

  7. After Successful Thyroid Surgery: Next Steps in Care Plan
    Room: Executive Boardroom
    Beatriz Tendler, Associate Professor Endocrine Neoplasia Clinic, University of Connecticut Health Center

  8. CANCELLED: Helping Your Recovery Through Breathing
    Bruce Babington, Consultant Sports Osteopath, MSc Sports Injury & Therapy

  9. Social Media in the Northeast New England Cancer Community
    Room: Mansfield
    Kirk Cassels, Norris Cotton Cancer Center’s Web Content Producer; Dr. Erick Lansigan, hematologist/oncologist at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Dr. Khushboo Shah, Internal Medicine Resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
    Discover how social media can play a vital role in the journey through cancer. A brief overview of social media and common networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. We will review preliminary results about social media usage among cancer patients and their providers in the Northeast New England Community; discuss social networking etiquette and patient privacy; as well as feature a live "tweet-up" event.

  10. One to One Cancer Fitness Assessment and Prescription
    Room: Women's Fitness Studio
    David Dorfman, Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Cancer Fitness Coach
    20-minute one:one sessions; first-come, first-serve. {repeated during 10:30 am - 12:00 pm; and 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm session timeslots}

4:15 pm People's United Bank 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, 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 Visitor's Center 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 3, 2015
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. The ceremonies will conclude with the remembrance of those we have lost to cancer and with the reading the Lakota Prayer of Healing as we dedicate the Flags of Hope.
Stoweflake Resort - Pinnacle Ballroom
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