Frequently Asked Questions
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Attending the Symposium
Who attends the Regional Symposium?
Are you interested in pursuing your individual resiliency and survivorship after breast cancer? The Regional Symposium is a one-day conference focused on these topics—specifically for young women from across the region who were diagnosed with breast cancer before their 41st birthday. Co-survivors also are encouraged to attend, and we have a special agenda for them.
I attended YSC’s National Summit already. How is this different?
YSC created its conference program to meet the different needs of a young woman after she is diagnosed with breast cancer. While the National Summit is a three-day event that welcomes almost 600 attendees, the Regional Symposium is a smaller, more intimate event with approximately 150 attendees. The one-day format allows young women and their co-survivors to travel somewhere nearby and spend an inspiring day learning and connecting more deeply with others from their area.
The focus of the Symposium is also very specific, in that it explores a much more personal side to your own journey after a breast cancer diagnosis, and it will give you the resources to rejuvenate and plan the most fulfilling life for YOU.
Who is a co-survivor?
Co-survivors, often called “caregivers,” are those individuals who provide close support to a young woman during her breast cancer experience. These can include spouses, partners, significant others, parents, siblings and friends.
How many people are expected to attend?
As an attendee, you can expect to connect with 150 young survivors and their co-survivors—all from your region. You may even meet someone new from your hometown!
What time does the Symposium begin and end?
The Symposium opens on Saturday, June 9 at 9 a.m. for breakfast and registration. You’ll have a short break to rest and freshen up at the end of the day, and then we will close with a celebratory event from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much does it cost to attend?
Register by April 18, and pay an early bird rate of just $34 for individual registration. Registration fees are $40 thereafter, space permitting. Register early to secure your spot! We cannot provide refunds or credits for cancelled registrations.
What meals are provided?
Symposium registration includes breakfast, lunch and snacks as well as food and beverages at the evening celebration.
I don’t know anyone else coming to the Symposium. Will I feel out of place?
No! There will be many opportunities throughout the day for you to meet other attendees and make connections. We will gather as a group in the morning and then break into topic-specific sessions in the afternoon. This will allow you to spend concentrated time with individuals who have the same questions and interests as you. The format of the day will give you ample time to meet other survivors and co-survivors from your area!
View a full breakdown of all of the great sessions and activities taking place throughout the Symposium.
What types of activities and events can I expect at the Symposium?
The Symposium is designed to be a day that focuses on you, your co-survivor and exploring your best life after a breast cancer diagnosis. We’ve included topics that speak to the specific experiences of young women affected by breast cancer. After breakfast and registration, you will gather with all attendees to hear from experts about practical tips, relationships, intimacy and resilience. Then you’ll break into small groups in the afternoon to explore these topics further. Throughout the day, you will also have the opportunity to network with attendees and presenters. We’ll close the day with a fun celebration in honor of all survivors and co-survivors in attendance.
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. At the Symposium, we will provide them with many opportunities to learn more about issues specific to co-survivors, so they feel connected and supported. Like you, they will have the opportunity to explore all topics in the morning general sessions, which will include a breadth of information on how a breast cancer diagnosis impacts survivors AND co-survivors.
In the afternoon, co-survivors will have the opportunity to attend breakouts designed just for them—covering topics such as communication, supporting you and taking care of themselves.
I am a young woman living with metastatic breast cancer. Are there workshops or activities that will be of interest to me?
Yes. The sessions are designed to provide women with information for any stage of diagnosis; it’s all about what life looks like now—no matter where you are in your journey.
Does it matter if I am newly diagnosed, post-treatment or a long-term survivor (five or more years out of treatment)?
Nope! The Symposium format is meant to delve into how your breast cancer diagnosis impacted you and how it has shaped you today. We hope that many of the sessions on the agenda will provide you with the tools to create your best life now and throughout any phase of your experience.
Can I volunteer to help while I’m in Pittsburgh?
Thanks for asking! Throughout the weekend, we may need a few extra hands. On the registration form, there is a place to indicate your willingness to volunteer. Please also feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please visit the travel page for details on hotel, travel discounts and other information.
How do I apply for financial assistance?
For those needing financial assistance, YSC is offering a set number of awards to offset travel expenses. The award is needs-based and allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who qualify and are accepted will receive a up to $100 in reimbursable expenses and a registration fee waiver. See the financial assistance page for eligibility, application and additional information.
How do I find a roommate?
We encourage you to find a roommate by posting and replying to roommate requests on the YSC Community Board.
I’m interested in becoming a sponsor. Where can I find more information?
Thank you! We are so grateful for the generosity of our sponsors. Please visit the sponsor page for more information.