Joining FORCEs Conference

Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer® is an international conference designed by and for people and families affected by hereditary cancer.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Who should attend?

Joining FORCEs Against Hereditary Cancer is an international conference designed to empower anyone facing hereditary cancer. Attendees have always included survivors, previvors, people with a known genetic mutation or family history of cancer, patient advocates, caregivers, researchers and health care providers who treat high-risk patients.  

May I bring my children?

The conference is for adults only due to the various sensitive topics presented. It is not appropriate for children under 18.  

I’ve attended before – is it worth attending again?

Yes!  Science and research is always evolving and going to the conference allows you to learn the latest in research and healthcare treatments.  There will be fun activities and many opportunities to network, meet up with old friends and make new ones, as well. 

How many people are expected to attend?

You can expect to connect with 700 members of the hereditary cancer community, including survivors, previvors, people with a known mutation or family history of cancer, patient advocates, researchers and some of the most renowned health care providers who treat high-risk patients.

How much does it cost to attend?

Early Bird Registration – Full Conference Registration Prior to May 1, 2020


Registration after May 1, 2020


One Day Pass (No Early Bird Available)


On-Site – Full Conference


On-Site – One Day


  • Please note that we do not guarantee space will be available for on-site registration. We highly recommend registering prior to attending.
  • If you must do on-site, please check our registration page prior to traveling for announcements on space availability.

May I attend only one day of the conference?

Yes, you can register for a single day. The cost is $150.

What is the refund policy?

Any cancellations made within 72 hours of registering qualify for a full refund.  Cancellations made after 72 hours will receive a refund minus a $25 processing fee. We will not be able to provide refunds on cancellations made on or after May 22, 2020.  Please allow 3-4 weeks to receive your refund. To obtain a refund, please contact

What meals are provided?

Conference registration includes breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, and snacks and beverages during session breaks.

When does registration open?

Registration will open in December 2019. We will keep you posted on the exact date through our Monthly Updates and social media posts. We can’t wait to have you register and join us at the conference!

Travel and Logistics

I want to book my flight. What time does the conference begin and end? 

The conference begins with a welcome reception on Thursday evening, June 18, 2020. Full conference sessions and activities begin Friday morning, June 19th at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast, networking/roundtables and our Expo. Sessions begin at 8:30 am. The final session is Saturday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m.

What should I pack?

Conference dress is casual and comfortable. Hotel conference rooms may be chilly, so we suggest packing a sweater or jacket. June weather in Philadelphia is usually a high of 85 degrees and a low of 67.

I’m traveling alone; will I feel out of place?

You will not feel out of place or alone! There will be many opportunities throughout the weekend for you to meet other attendees and make connections. People often leave having made new friends.

Can you help me find a roommate to share hotel expenses?

You can post your request for help finding a roommate on our message board.

Is there transportation available to get to the hotel from the airport or train?

Local Trains and Amtrak.  The Philadelphia Marriott is linked to the Jefferson Station on the SEPTA line. The nearest Amtrak stop is the 30th Street station. You can take SEPTA from 30th Street Station to Jefferson Station.

Philadelphia Airport. The airport is approximately 10 miles from the hotel. There is no hotel shuttle service available.
Airport Ground Transportation:

Estimated taxi fare:           $30.00 (One Way)
Subway Service:                $8.00 (One Way to Jefferson Station)

Visit the Philadelphia Airport Parking and Transport page for more information.

Parking. Overnight parking at the Marriott is $56.35 per night (tax included). There are a number of other garage and parking lots near the hotel.

Financial Aid 

Is financial assistance available? I don’t have the funds to attend.  

FORCE is excited to offer you two options (conference fundraising and financial aid) this year to help you pay for registration and a 3-night hotel stay at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown on June 18-20, 2020.  The financial aid application process will be open after December 1. 

Am I eligible for financial aid if I received it for a previous Joining FORCEs Conference? 

Priority is given to individuals who have not previously obtained financial aid to attend the conference.


How can I become a sponsor or exhibitor?

For information on exhibiting or sponsoring the Joining FORCEs Conference, please email

What are the exhibitor hours?

Thursday, June 18th

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

During Welcome Reception

Friday, June 19th

7:30 am – 9:00 am

During Breakfast

Friday, June 19th

10:00 am- 10:155 am

During Break

Friday, June 19th

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

During Lunch

Friday, June 19th

3:30 pm – 3:55 pm

During Break

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