Find your sense of tumour
Every year, we invite young people from across the country to attend a four day conference, solely for young people who have or have had cancer. This unique conference is open to all such young people no matter where they have been treated.
When: 11 – 14 October 2013
Where: Centre Parcs, Sherwood Forest
Find Your Sense of Tumour provides a mix of inspirational presentations, fabulous therapies and great social activities. It’s a chance to meet and share experiences with like minded individuals who know what it’s like to be diagnosed with cancer.
What’s it all about?
Find Your Sense of Tumour gives young people the opportunity to find out what they need to know about cancer, its effects, share experiences and ask questions to our panel of experts. Talks range from body image to fertility, real life experiences and celebrity speakers.
But it’s not just a conference - we have on-site therapists providing massages and make-overs, we have a dance troop to liven us up when we are starting to flag and plenty of free time to enjoy the fantastic surroundings of CenterParcs.
Every evening there is a chance to get to meet new friends, a chance to see young people and staff from the units as you’ve never seen them before in our Showcase Event and a fancy dress disco on Sunday night, which this year features a Heroes and Villians theme.
Who can come?
The conference is open to young people aged between 14 and 25 who have had cancer within the last five years. We will need parental consent from any person under 16 years of age. You do not need to have been treated on a Teenage Cancer Trust unit to be eligible. An individual can only attend a maximum of two conferences.
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Find Your Sense of Tumour wins a prestigious award
We’re not the only ones who think Find Your Sense of Tumour is great! We won an Excellence in Patient Education award from the European Oncology Nursing Society because ‘the conference aims to empower young people by giving them the information that they need about their illness and its treatment, as well as life skills such as nutrition and exercise and peer group integration.’
The judges described the event as an ‘excellent innovative project aimed at the young cancer patient and survivors.’
Last February, over 300 young people came together for another amazing weekend at Centre Parcs.
Packed full of activities, the conference gave young people the opportunity to socialise with other teenagers who have had cancer and get involved with activities such as relaxing therapies and make-overs.
This year we welcomed back Professor Sir Mike Richards CBE, the UK’s National Clinical Director for Cancer and End of Life Care, Hardeep Singh Kohli and Sean Swarner, the first cancer survivor to summit Everest. Former patients talked about the late effects of cancer, fertility options and body image.
But don’t just take our word for it…
“Thank you for an amazing time. It was the most unforgettable experience! I couldn't have got through cancer without Teenage Cancer Trust, so I will always be forever grateful.”
“Thank you for such an amazing weekend with so many inspirational people!”
Vicky Noone Thank you for the weekend, it was amazing and inspirational to everyone.
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to go the conference, I met some amazing people and made some great friends thanks to you!”
“AMAZING WEEKEND. So glad I had the opportunity to experience such a great weekend and to make some new friends. Thanks so much Teenage Cancer Trust for organising a great conference. Would definitely go again if I had the opportunity.”
For more information contact the conference organiser:
Katie Rawlins, Organiser
Tel: 07920 836 974
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