Frequently Asked Questions
Attending the Summit
Who attends the National Summit?
Who is a co-survivor?
How many people are expected to attend?
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?
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?
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?
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?
Can I volunteer to do anything while I’m in Austin?
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 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?
I’d love to come, but don’t know if I can afford it. Is financial assistance available?
If I receive a travel grant, can I also become a YSC Summit Fundraiser?
Why is there a $10 fee for my travel grant application?
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.