Frequently Asked Questions
Attending the Summit
Who attends the National Summit?
The National Summit is a conference for young adults diagnosed with breast cancer before their 41st birthday, their co-survivors and healthcare providers. Whether you were recently diagnosed or are a long-term survivor who was diagnosed while young, this conference is for you.
Who is a co-survivor?
Co-survivors, often called “caregivers,” are those individuals who provide close support to a young adult during the breast cancer journey. They may be spouses, partners, significant others, parents, siblings or friends.
How many people are expected to attend?
What time does the National Summit begin and end?
The Summit opens on Friday, March 6th, at noon with exhibits and registration. It closes on Sunday, March 8th, at 12:30 p.m.
How much does it cost to attend?
What meals are provided?
I don’t know anyone else coming to the conference. Will I feel out of place?
View a full breakdown of all of the Summit’s great sessions and activities.
What types of activities and events can I expect at the National Summit?
The Summit offers something for everyone. We will present educational general sessions, workshops and discussion groups. Topics will focus on the various medical, emotional and wellness issues unique to young adults affected by breast cancer and their co-survivors. Check out the agenda for details. There will also be ample opportunities to connect with other attendees at fun events including a welcome cocktail reception, ice breakers, a dance party and more! Additionally, you can stretch your legs and get your heart pumping with Zumba , Tai Chi, and CrossFit.
Do I need to attend all three days of the National Summit?
*Travel grant recipients are required to attend all three days.
What kinds of activities will there be for my co-survivor?
Co-survivors are an important part of the YSC community, just as they have been an important part of your breast cancer journey. The co-survivor track offers many opportunities to connect, feel supported and learn more about issues specific to the co-survivor population.
Each breakout session will feature a workshop designed specifically to address their needs, including intimacy, self-care, practical tips and opportunities to network with other co-survivors, Breast Cancer 101 (a crash course in the science of breast cancer) so that they can best understand your treatment and experience. Additionally, at a fun gathering for co-survivors, they can meet each other, share experiences and find support.
I am a young adult living with metastatic breast cancer. Are there workshops or activities that will be of interest to me?
Certainly. Breakout sessions are designed to provide young adults with information for whatever the stage of their diagnosis, including updates on side effect management, personalized medicine, intimacy issues, communicating with friends and family, career decisions, and early menopause.
We also recognize that young adults diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer face unique questions, challenges and issues that may not affect an early-stage breast cancer survivor. For that reason, there is a special track specifically created for young adults with metastatic breast cancer. In these breakout sessions, you can learn more about metastatic breast cancer research updates, emotional health, navigating personal relationships, advocacy, and leaving your legacy. You will also have the opportunity to connect with other young adults with metastatic breast cancer, so you can ask questions and share your own experience.
I am already post-treatment or a long-term survivor (five or more years out of treatment). Will there be anything for me at the Summit?
Yes, we hope you will find many of the sessions on the agenda relevant to your life after breast cancer—fear of recurrence, living fully after a cancer diagnosis, taking your body back, spirituality and religion, quality of life, long-term side effects, nutrition, and survivors’ guilt are just a few of the topics we’ll cover. We also have several topics created just for you!
Can I volunteer to do anything while I’m in Los Angeles?
Thanks for asking! Throughout the weekend, we may need a few extra hands. On the registration form, there is a place to state your willingness to volunteer. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit the travel page for details on hotel, transportation, travel discounts and other information.
What should I pack for the weekend?
We also suggest you bring clothes and sneakers/tennis shoes that you would feel comfortable working out in—we have a variety of exciting wellness activities throughout the weekend like yoga, Tai Chi, Zumba, and CrossFit! There is an outdoor pool, so bring your swimsuit and flip flops, too.
Should you wish to dress up a little for evening activities or a night on the town, feel free to pack your favorite party wear.
Note: The average high temperature in Los Angeles at this time of year is 70 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average low of around 52 degrees.
Can you help me find a roommate?
Yes! We encourage you to find a roommate by posting and replying to roommate requests on the YSC Online Community. If you have received a travel grant, you are strongly encouraged to share a room (your travel grant covers 50% of the hotel room for each night) and even if you didn’t, it’s a fun way to meet new people and reduce your costs.
I’d love to come, but don’t know if I can afford it. Is financial assistance available?
Why is there a $10 fee for my travel grant application?
Each year, we receive over 300 travel grant applications. This small $10 application fee will help offset administrative costs associated with processing the large number of applications, thus freeing up funds for additional travel assistance. Additionally, we hope that it will make individuals pause to consider whether they will truly benefit from the scholarship and follow through with attendance. No shows greatly impact our ability to plan accordingly and maximize the number of attendees who receive financial assistance.
I am ineligible for a travel grant this year since I received a scholarship two or more years in a row. Why?
Summit travel grants are meant to help attendees come to the conference, who may not otherwise due to financial constraints. Since you were able to benefit from your past scholarship two years in a row, we want to help other young adults and co-survivors do the same. We hope you will check out registration fee waiver and fundraising opportunities to help assist your attendance at the Summit! And yes, you will be eligible again in 2021.
What is the “Pay What You Can” element of receiving a registration fee waiver?
This year we are offering a new opportunity for those who receive a registration fee waiver code. When you use the code to register, you will see an option to donate. You can enter $0, $5, $50 or more—whatever is comfortable for you!
The National Summit is successful because of the revenue generated by registration fees and the generous support of our funders. If you feel like you’re able, “pay what you can” and contribute to the meaningful experience for you and other young adults affected by breast cancer and their co-survivors.