Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions after reviewing the answers below, please contact us.


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.
Who is a co-survivor?
Co-survivors, often called “caregivers,” are those individuals who provide close support to a young person during the breast cancer journey. They may be spouses, partners, significant others, parents, siblings or friends.
How many people are expected to attend?
As an attendee, you can expect to connect with 600 young survivors, along with their co-survivors.
What time does the National Summit begin and end?

The Summit opens on Friday, March 8th, at noon with exhibits and registration. It closes on Sunday, March 10th, at 1 p.m.

We are planning some fun gatherings for Thursday, should you choose to arrive early in Austin! Stay tuned. There are also so many great things to do in the area, you can even make a mini vacation.

How much does it cost to attend?

Register before December 31st, 2018 and pay an early bird rate of just $150. Registration fees are $180 from January 1st through March 1st, 2019 and $200 onsite. Fee waiverstravel grants and fundraising opportunities are available to help cover your costs.

What meals are provided?
Summit registration includes Friday evening’s Welcome Reception, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and dinner on Saturday, along with snacks and beverages throughout the weekend.
I don’t know anyone else coming to the conference. Will I feel out of place?
No! There will be many opportunities throughout the weekend for you to meet other attendees and make connections. We will host a fun ice breaker Friday afternoon, as well as special opportunities for first-time attendees.


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 women 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 exercise classes throughout the weekend.
Do I need to attend all three days of the National Summit?
It is recommended, but not required, that you attend all three days.* The schedule is full of wonderful educational and wellness programming, which begins on Friday and concludes early Sunday afternoon. We recommend you schedule your travel to get the most out of your experience.

*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 self-care, practical tips and opportunities to network with other co-survivors and find support. They will also attend Breast Cancer 101 (a crash course in the science of breast cancer) so that they can best understand your treatment and experience.

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 attendees with information for whatever the stage of their diagnosis, including nutrition, treatment side effects, talking with children, intimacy, and meditation.

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 women with metastatic breast cancer. In these breakout sessions, you can learn more about metastatic breast cancer research updates, emotional health, and leaving your legacy. You will also have the opportunity to connect with other women 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, long-term survivorship, weight change, intimacy and diversity in the breast cancer community.
Can I volunteer to do anything while I’m in Austin?
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

Travel Logistics

Please visit the travel page for details on hotel, transportation, travel discounts and other information.


What should I pack for the weekend?
Be yourself! Dress casually and comfortably in jeans, sneakers, whatever works for you. Keep in mind that hotel conference rooms can be chilly, so we suggest you layer and bring a sweater or wrap. Wear shoes that will be comfortable for walking to and from the breakout rooms and all the wonderful booths in the Summit Hall.

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 to get your heart pumping!

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 Austin at this time of year is 73 degrees Fahrenheit, with an average low of around 51 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.

Financial Assistance

I’d love to come, but don’t know if I can afford it. Is financial assistance available?
Yes. We are dedicated to helping those who need additional financial support to attend the Summit. Find out more about needs-based travel grants, fee waivers and Summit fundraising.
If I receive a travel grant, can I also become a YSC Summit Fundraiser?
Yes, if you receive a travel grant, you may still fundraise. You will be eligible for up to $1,000 total (via the travel grant and personal fundraising combined).
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 (2017, 2018), we want to help other young women 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 2020.

What is the “Pay What You Can” element of receiving a registration fee waiver?

This year we are offering an 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 women affected by breast cancer and their co-survivors.

Exhibitors and Sponsors

I’m interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor. Where can I find more information?
Please visit the sponsor and exhibitor pages for more information.