Midwest Young Adult Cancer Conference


April 25, 2020 9:00 am - 4 pm


Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee North Shore


8900 North Kildeer Ct, Brown Deer, WI


This FREE one-day conference is for young adults (18-40) affected by cancer, and their supporters. It features engaging workshops, resources, and networking opportunities to help you live, survive, and thrive.


Registration is required and includes breakfast and lunch!


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  • 8:15 am - 9 am: Registration, Breakfast & Exhibitors
  • 9 am - 10 am: Welcome & Keynote
  • 10 am - 10:15 am: Break & Exhibitors
  • 10:15 am - 11:45 am: Breakout Sessions 1
  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm: Lunch & Networking
  • 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm: Breakout Sessions 2
  • 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm: Break & Exhibitors
  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: 2nd Keynote
  • 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Closing Remarks

Our Keynote Speakers

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Matthew Paul Mewhorter

  • Licensed therapist
  • Creator of the comic Cancer Owl
  • Colorectal cancer survivor
  • Morning Keynote: "Make an Award Winning Cancer Comic in 4 Easy Steps"
  • Breakout Session: "Create Your Own Cartoon (even if you don't think you're any good at it)"
Sarah's Photo

Sarah Kaehny

  • Health & Wellness Coordinator at the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Wellness champion
  • Stage 4 sarcoma survivor
  • Afternoon Keynote

Read more about our speakers, including Matthew and Sarah (PDF)

Breakout Session Topics & Speakers

Breakout session topics will include:

  • Create Your Own Cartoon (even if you don't think you're any good at it)
  • We Are What We Habit: The Enormous Power of Tiny Change for our Health and our Lives
  • Inside My DNA: Genetic Counseling and Testing Considerations for Young Adlits
  • Parents’ Connection
  • Demystifying Mindfliness and Learning How to Apply it Day to Day
  • Sex Ed for Survivors: Navigating Sex, Intimacy, and Relationships after Cancer
  • Cooking Demonstration
  • Helping Your Children Through a Cancer Diagnosis
  • Post-traumatic Growth: Moving Forward During and After Treatment

Read about our speakers and breakout sessions (PDF)

Hotel Information


Rooms are available at the Four Points by Sheraton Milwaukee North Shore at a discounted rate of $99 per night (before tax) for Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th—Click here to make your reservation. Discounted rate is available though March 24, 2020.


Free Airport Shuttle: A free airport shuttle is available from MKE airport to the conference hotel! To arrange free shuttle accommodations please contact the hotel directly at least 48 hours in advance at 414-355-8585 (based availability at time of call).


⭐ Hotel Scholarships  ⭐


Thanks to a generous donor we're offering a limited number of hotel scholarships this year! Learn more and apply today >


Sponsorship Opportunities

We have various sponsorship, exhibit and partnership opportunities available:

View our sponsor and exhibitor booklet (PDF)


Questions? Call 608-828-8880 or contact marc@gildasclubmadison.org 


Our Sponsors





Elephants and tea        GRYT Health Vivibot and Hopelab         Servier         Wisconsin Cancer Council






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