13th Neuroblastoma Parent Education and Medical Conference
Neuroblastoma researchers from around the country are developing new treatments and therapies to improve survival rates and reduce the long-term effects of treatment. Meet some of them at the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation’s 13th annual Parent Education and Medical Conference:
July 14th - July 17th 2016
The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
70 Yorktown Center
Lombard, IL 60148
Neuroblastoma families have many, many questions, and resources aren’t always readily available. The Parent Education and Medical Conference is a chance for them to get the answers that they seek. Attendees will be able to hear directly from the top neuroblastoma researchers, form valuable networks with other families, and learn how they can become involved in – or create their own – fundraising opportunities in their communities. Each year, families rave that the conference provides them with a chance to get away, relax, and commiserate with other people who can relate to their circumstance. Children ages 12 and younger can enjoy activities in our “Kids’ Room” * while their parents attend the meetings. (Older children and those not participating in the Kids’ Room are the responsibility of the parents.
The conference can accommodate no more than 200 attendees, and space fills up fast. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
We are pleased to advise that CNCF will be subsidizing part of the cost of the hotel rooms for each day of the conference. The cost to the family for each night is $60.00 + tax and any incidentals such as room service, movie rentals, etc.
Please note though when you do get to the Westin reservation screen it will show the entire room rate of $121 + tax/night. Please disregard this as when you check out of the hotel at the end of the conference, your charge will only be $60/night + tax and incidentals.
Invited Guest Speakers to date include:
Dr. Holger Lode, Germany
Dr. Giselle Scoller, NMTRC
Texas Children's Hospital
Dr. Carol Rosen, Psychologist
Dr. Stephen Sands, Psychologist
Dr. Martha Donoghue
PROGRAM OF EVENTS- 2016 NB CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Thursday, July 14th, 2016
Event Time Room
Early Registration 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Lobby
Dinner at Bucca di Beppo 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Bucca di Beppo
--You can walk to Bucca (5 to 10 minute walk) as it is in the mall area or we can take shuttle/cars ti the restaurant
Friday, July 15th, 2016
Registration 7:00 am - 9:00 am Lilac
Breakfast Buffet 7:00 am - 9:00 am Lilac A ,C
General Session 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Lilac B, D
Morning Break (Adults Only)
10:30 am - 10:45 am* Lilac
Kids Room 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Magnolia
Lunch (All Adults & Children
) 11:45 am - 1:00 pm* Lilac A, C
Afternoon Break (Adults Only)
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm* Lilac
Concurrent session for NB survivors 9:15 am - 3:30 pm (I have room only until 5pm) Cypress A
Dinner & Dancing 7:00pm - 10:00pm Junior Ballroom A
With a DJ/ Music/ Karaoke, dancing and reptile show (CASH BAR)
Saturday, July 16th, 2016
Breakfast Buffet 7:00am - 9:00am Lilac A, C
General Session 9:00am - 5:00pm Lilac B, D
Morning Break (Adults Only)
10:45am - 11:00am* Lilac
Kids Room 9:00am - 5:00pm Magnolia
Lunch (All Adults & Children)
11:30am - 12:30pm* Lilac A, C
Concurrent Session for NB survivors 9:00am - 3:00pm (tenative) Cypress A
Movie Night for the Children 7:00pm - 10:00pm Lilac
Relaxation time for Parents 7:00pm - 10-:00pm Lounge
------- Saturday dinner is on your own. We will have munchies and beverages for the kids during the movie.-------
*Times are approximate and may be subject to change
Sunday, July 17th, 2016
NO Events planned for the day.
Travel day back home for families
We will be having a balloon maker, juggler, magician, and stilt walker for the children’s enjoyment and for some of the older children we will have several Wii systems and Guitar Hero to play with as well.
Also durning the Friday night dinner and dance we will have a reptile show.
As always, if any of your children are sick or not feeling well that day, we ask that they do not participate in the Playroom activities as some of our children are still immune-suppressed from treatment. Also if they have recently been vaccinated, been exposed to chicken pox, shingles or any other contagious disease we ask they stay with you and not join in with the other children. Thank you for your consideration in this very important part of the conference activities.
Casual to very casual (including jeans). Bring a sweater or jacket as the rooms tend to be cold.
***All other incidental hotel room charges, movie rentals, room service, etc are the responsibility of the guest.***