Registration Opens for 14th Annual C4YW

November 6, 2013

Largest International Conference for Young Breast Cancer Survivors To Be Held February 21–23, 2014

Annual Conference 2013New York, N.Y. (November 6, 2013) — Though breast cancer is less common in younger women, there are more than 250,000 women living in the U.S. today who were diagnosed before their 41st birthday and 13,000 more will be diagnosed this year. The emotional and medical concerns of young breast cancer survivors are different than those of women over age 45.

To address their unique needs and those of their caregivers, families, friends and healthcare providers, Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) and Young Survival Coalition (YSC), two of the most well-respected breast cancer nonprofits in the U.S., will co-host the 14th annual C4YW (Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer) from February 21–23, 2014.

Registration opened today for this year’s conference, which will take place in Florida at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Walt Disney World Resort. The registration fee is $150 per person until Friday, February 8, 2012, and $175 thereafter. Healthcare provider rates, CEU credits, travel grants and fee waivers are available for those who qualify.

Produced through a partnership between LBBC and YSC, C4YW programming provides insight and guidance to help young women deal with the complex emotional and medical issues they experience after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis under the age of 45. Now entering its 15th year, the conference delivers important educational tools that provide attendees with current and relevant information in easy-to-understand language. Throughout the conference, women and their supporters interact with experts in research, support and care, while surrounded by other women similarly affected by breast cancer.

“At C4YW, we provide programming designed specifically to address the needs of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer under the age of 45,” explained Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP, Chief Executive Officer of Living Beyond Breast Cancer. “General sessions and workshops have been designed not only so that attendees will interact with some of the country’s most respected healthcare experts, but with other similarly affected women.”

“Many of the young women who attend C4YW have never met another young woman with breast cancer,” remarked Jennifer Merschdorf, Chief Executive Officer of Young Survival Coalition. “This conference is a unique opportunity for young survivors to connect with each other in an environment that’s informative, yet fun.”

Led by esteemed healthcare professionals on topics such as sex and intimacy, single and dating, and living with metastatic breast cancer as a young woman, discussion groups will be introduced this year that allow participants the chance to share their story while hearing insights from peers in an informal session. This year’s three plenary sessions are Armchair Discussion with the Medical Experts, Resiliency after Breast Cancer and Cooking with Fit and Flair. Social and wellness activities include a cocktail reception, yoga, belly dancing, Zumba, Pilates and a dance and desert party. A variety of workshops to address the spectrum of breast cancer phases, diagnoses and the needs of healthcare providers, partners, caregivers and others attendees are offered throughout the weekend. 

For complete registration details, program agenda and information on host city Orlando, please visit C4YW.org. Those without internet access can call 610.645.4567.

This conference is generously supported by lead sponsor Susan G. Komen, presenting sponsor Eisai and title sponsors Avon Foundation for Women and Breast Cancer Wellness Magazine.

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About Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC)

Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s mission is to connect people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support. National conferences, monthly webinars, regional community meetings, the Guides to Understanding Breast Cancer and a toll-free Breast Cancer Helpline are just a few examples of the services that are provided, always at little or no cost.

For more information, please visit: lbbc.org.

About Young Survvial Coalition (YSC)

Established in 1998, Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier global organization dedicated to young women diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers free resources, connections and educational materials so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful. Through action, advocacy and awareness, YSC seeks to educate and influence the medical, research and legislative communities to address the disease in young women and ensure no young woman faces breast cancer alone. For more information, please  visit:  youngsurvival.org.