2017 Summit Annual Meeting

Coalition Against Childhood Cancer’s

Summit and Annual Meeting

CAC2 members and guests will meet at Lurie Children’s Hospital on June 28th and 29th for our  Summit and Annual Meeting.

Tuesday Evening, June 27th

CAC2 Dine-Around Networking Event

6:30-8:30 p.m.

RSVP required

The Dine Around option was very popular last year, so we will be repeating it again this year.  Dine Around is an opportunity to meet up with other CAC2 members over dinner at a local Chicago eatery.  Individuals pay for their own meals.  You will be asked to reserve your restaurant choice when registering for the summit.

The Copper Fox http://copperfoxchicago.com/

Beatrix Chicago http://beatrixchicago.com/

Quartino Chicago http://www.quartinochicago.com/

Wednesday, June 28th

Summit Meeting


Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

Registration required (email [email protected] for registration information).

Wednesday Morning

Welcome–Dr. Stewart Goldman (Lurie)

Twitter for Awareness, Advocacy, and Network Building–Lee Marchiano

The Nurse – Patient/Family Relationship:  Building the Best Patient Experience–Kathy Ruccione (President, Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nurses)

Survivorship–Dr. Natasha Pillay Smiley (Lurie)

Wednesday Afternoon

The Need & the Promise of Shared Funding
  • Garrett Brodeur–Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Sam Volchenboum–University of Chicago

Amplifying Research Dollars Through Partnerships

  • Co-Funding–Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation/Trish Kriger
  • Leveraging Partner Infrastructure–Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation/Jay Scott
  • Shared RFPs–Solving Kids Cancer/Donna Ludwinski
Foundation-Centered Collaborations + Discussion
  • Clinical Trial Network–NMTRC/Beat NB, invited
  • Foundation-Led Initiatives–Catapult/CureSearch, Tess Mattingly
  • Venture Philanthropy–Research Investment Impact Fund/Richi Foundation, Ricardo Garcia

Panelists–These three, plus Cavatica/Dragon Master Foundation, Amanda Haddock and Project IMPACT, National Brain Tumor Society, Kris Knight

Public Private Partnerships + Discussion
  • Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium–Susan Weiner, Children’s Cause for Cancer Advocacy
  • TARGET Initiative–Julie Guillot, Be Strong, Fight On!
  • Blue Ribbon Panel Partnerships–Amy Williams (NCI)

Panelists–These three, plus NANT/Gavin Lindberg, EVAN Foundation and PNOC & POETIC/Joan Slaughter, Morgan Adams Foundation

Thursday, June 29th


Highlight Speaker, Membership Meeting, and Interest Group Break Out Sessions

Thursday’s session will feature our Highlight Speaker:

Dr. Oren Becher

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Northwestern University

The remainder of Thursday is reserved for our annual members’ business meeting, board elections, and interest group breakout sessions.

You can register by clicking here:
(Hotel block information will be mailed with your registration confirmation.)

CAC2 would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to the following sponsors and supporters of our 2017 Summit and Annual Meeting:




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