The 11th Annual "Celebration of Hope"

The Wellness Community of Philadelphia
Last Modified: May 21, 2009

Conference Dates: June 5, 2009, 9:30 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.
Conference Location: The Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
201 South Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106

Sponsoring Group: The Wellness Community of Philadelphia

Conference Web Page URL:

Who Should Attend: People with cancer and their loved ones.

Conference Objectives: This educational conference is held in recognition National Cancer Survivors' Day (June 1). "Celebration of Hope" presenting partner: GlaxoSmithKline Oncology; community partner: AstraZeneca; community partner: Merck Oncology; radio sponsor: B101, print sponsors: The Inquirer and Daily News.

Conference Agenda:

9:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M Registration and coffee

10:15 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. Sharon W. Goodill, PhD, ADTR, LPC, is associate professor and director at the Hahnemann Creative Arts in Therapy Program at Drexel University. She will lead attendees in a movement choir, a form for expressing and creating community using simple actions and basic patterns, during “Moving in Connection, Gathering in Hope.”

11:00 A.M. – 11:45 A.M. Evelyn González, MA, program director of NCI's Cancer Information Service for the Atlantic Region, will explain why individuals may be reluctant to participate in clinical trials as she presents, “Lessons Learned about Clinical Trial Participation.” Connie Williams, cancer survivor, will share her personal experiences of enrolling in a trial.

11:45 A.M. – 12:45 P.M. Lunch

12:45 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. Diana Dyer, MS, RD, registered dietitian and author, presents “Feeding Body and Soul: A Dietitian's Journey of Cancer Survivorship.” She will describe her "healing recipe" that has included conventional cancer treatment, diet and lifestyle changes, plus many complementary therapies designed to optimize her cancer recovery and survivorship. Her personal and professional story will offer both information and inspiration to promote wellness and wholeness for people affected by cancer during and after treatment.

1:30 P.M. – 2:15 P.M. Dan Shapiro, PhD, psychologist, author, cancer survivor and chair of the department of humanities at Penn State’s College of Medicine, is also a consultant to the hit television shows, "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice.” During “A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Chemotherapy,” he will describe the importance of connecting to others and maintaining hope when challenged.

Registration Information: Please call (215) 879-7733 or visit to learn more and to register by May 29.

Conference Fees: The program is free for people with cancer and their loved ones.