Joining FORCEs Conference

Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer is an international conference designed by and for people and families affected by hereditary cancer or a BRCA mutation.

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Conference Events

New Attendeesmeet and greet

Who: First-time conference attendees
What:
Informal new attendee Meet and Greet
When:
Thursday, June 12, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Where:
JW's - lobby of hotel
Cost:
Free
Start your conference experience with a set of new friends! This event is free for first time attendees and no registration is required.

Welcome ReceptionWelcome reception

Who: Any attendee who registers for reception
What:
Welcome Dessert and Cocktail Reception
When:
Thursday, June 12, 8:00 - 9:30 pm
Where:
Liberty Ball Room on 3rd floor of hotel near convention center (across sky bridge)
Cost:
$35

Join us for a special welcome reception offering dessert and cocktails. Tickets must be purchased in advance through registration or through the FORCE store.

Show & Tell Room

Who: Any female conference attendee
What:
Show & Tell Room
When:
Friday, June 13, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Where:
Location: Franklin B on the 4th Floor
Cost:
Free

Back by popular demand, our Show & Tell Room offers women who are contemplating mastectomy or reconstruction the opportunity to meet and learn in person from women who have had these procedures.

Show & Tell Room Photo Studio

Help us take the fear out of mastectomy with or without reconstruction. We have arranged for a private photography studio in our Show-and-Tell Room for women who wish to be photographed for this project. By appointment only. Contact photographer Kate Berges at: kate@kateberges.com for more information or to reserve your slot.

In the FamilyIn The Family

Who: Any conference attendee
What:
In the Family documentary
When:
Friday, June 13, 9:00 - 11:00 pm
Where:
Location: Room 411-412
Cost:
Free

Watch the documentary, In the Family, which provides a realistic glimpse into the complexities of living with a BRCA mutation. Filmmaker Joanna Rudnick captures the impact that HBOC has on women, men, and families facing difficult decisions and navigating complicated relationships. Joanna Rudnick will lead a discussion after the film.

After-Hours Spouse Support spouse supportGroup

Who: Any spouse or partner of a conference attendee
What:
After-Hours Spouse Support
When:
Saturday, June 14, 7:30 pm
Where:
Location will be posted soon.
Cost:
Free

Meet, share support and network with other spouses and partners.

Zumba

Who: Any conference attendee
What:
Zumba Fitness
When:
Saturday, June 14, 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Where:
Location: Salon A on the 5th Floor
Cost:
Free but space limited to first 50 people.

Zumba Fitness is a fun, high energy aerobic class that includes various dance and cultural influences. For everyone from the beginner to the veteran fitness fan, Zumba is a great way to shake it up and sweat it out. Join Simbonika Spencer, a long-time fitness enthusiast who has been teaching aerobics for over four years. She teaches classes for children, youth and adults of all backgrounds and fitness levels. Our Zumba class is full. Contact conference@facingourrisk.org if you would like to be on a waiting list.

Decoding Annie ParkerDAP

Who: Any conference attendee
What:
Decoding Annie Parker movie screening
When:
Saturday, June 14, 8:00 - 11:00 pm
Where:
Location: Salon E
Cost:
Free

See the Hollywood movie that follows the story of two remarkable women: Annie Parker, a hereditary cancer survivor, and Dr. Mary Claire King who discovered the BRCA 1 gene mutation. Starring Samantha Morton, Helen Hunt, and Rashida Jone. The real Annie Parker will be available to lead a discussion after the film.

Girls Night In Pure Romance Parties

Who: Any female conference attendee
What:
Girls Night In Pure Romance Party
When:
We will have two parties:
Saturday, June 14, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, June 14, 9:00-11:00 pm
Where:
Location will be announced at conference
Cost:
Free but space in limited. Sign up at Pure Romance exhibit table.

We speak more freely. We laugh louder. We get a little silly. And most importantly, we connect! Join Pure Romance and your FORCE sisters for wine, cheese and a lot of laughter, fun and bonding, and learn about products designed to bring the romance back into our lives.

Sunday Morning Running Group

Are you a runner? After 2 days in conference rooms, do you want to stretch your legs and exercise? Please join Robin Karlin and other FORCE members for a relaxed 5K loop around Center City on Sunday morning. We will meet in the hotel lobby at 7am. RSVP Robin at: robink@facingourrisk.org.

Network, Meet Authors, Trace your Ancestry, Speak One-on-One with Experts

Our conference offers three networking sessions where you can meet with experts, authors, or other attendees facing circumstances similar to your own. Networking sessions will be held on Friday during lunch.

2014 Conference Videos

Watch the videos from a variety of presenters at our 2014 Joining FORCEs conference.

Team FORCE

Team FORCE is a community of athletes and fitness enthusiasts dedicated to supporting the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer community.