Texas Oncology employees took time throughout the year to serve their communities with the Texas Oncology Foundation. Over 120 volunteers served in 2018 helping at events such as Survive & Thrive Symposiums, Celebrate Life Survivors 5K runs and the 4th Annual Golf Classic.
The first ever Survive & Thrive Symposium in Beaumont was on Saturday, November 3. Pat Smith shared her story and caregiver perspective to kick off our day. Local and national experts covered a variety of topics including intimacy, late & long-term effects and survivorship care planning. Then in the afternoon participants engaged in activities to learn and experience topics such as nutrition, art therapy and yoga.
The third annual Survive & Thrive Symposium was held on Saturday, September 29 in Arlington, Texas. Ryan Anthony, founder and president of the "CancerBlows" concerts, started the day with an inspirational presentation. By sharing his story through personal narrative, a touching video tribute set to his music and open dialogue with the audience, Ryan helped form a bond in the room that carried throughout the day.
A pre-symposium workshop focusing on Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) patients was held for the first time this year! Experts and BMT survivors shared insight into what the cancer journey looks like for Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant patients.
The first annual Texas Oncology Celebrate Life Survivors 5K in Mt. Pleasant was held on September 15, 2018. The 5K run raised funds to support cancer patients and survivorship programming in the Mt. Pleasant community. We want to give a huge thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors including Texas Oncology PA, Titus Regional Medical Center, Hospice Plus, One Day Closer Ministries, Serenity Plus Home Health, Northeast Texas Pediatrics, Pediatrics Clinic PA, Cypress Basin Hospice, and Focused Post Acute Care Partners! Lastly, big thanks to the in-kind sponsors including Whataburger, Schlotzsky's, Super 1 Foods, and Brookshire's for donating the food for this event.
The fourth annual Texas Oncology Foundation Golf Classic was held on May 14, 2018 at Trophy Club Country Club. The four-person scramble celebrity tournament raised funds to support cancer patients and survivorship programming. Big thanks to all of our generous sponsors including Texas Oncology PA, Genomic Health, Five Star Doc, TMLT, CarePlus, Cambridge, NTC Healthcare, Lexa Records, Bank of Texas, and Wilson Office Interiors!
The first Houston Survive & Thrive Symposium was held on Saturday, March 24! Following a chair yoga session, Mary Jo Rapini kicked off our day sharing how we heal not only our bodies but our heart and soul too. Local and national experts covered a variety of topics including exercise and nutrition, returning to independence, intimacy, the fear of recurrence, and life beyond cancer. Texas Oncology Physicians participated in a panel discussion about the late and long-term effects of treatment commonly experienced.
More than 300 survivors, caregivers and volunteers attended the 2018 Austin Survive and Thrive Symposium on Saturday, March 3. Stephanie Howard with Triumphant Warrior shared her personal journey of perseverance and local and national experts presented on topics including late and long-term effects of cancer, the fear of recurrence, complementary medicine, and intimacy and cancer. Additionally, lunch included roundtable discussions with experts and the day provided opportunities to create personal connections with other survivors.
Close to 100 cancer survivors and caregivers attended the 2018 Longview Survive and Thrive Symposium on Saturday, February 24. Longview resident Jennifer Jackson kicked off the event by sharing her personal journey of how she stayed positive throughout her treatment for breast cancer. Other sessions focused on long-term effects of cancer treatment, intimacy after cancer diagnosis and overall wellness.
The second annual Survive and Thrive Symposium was held on Saturday, October 7 in Arlington, Texas. Following a laughter yoga session, Pat Smith delivered an emotional keynote address about how cancer has touched her life. The day continued with panel sessions and breakouts on a variety of topics within healthy survivorship.
The third annual Texas Oncology Foundation Golf Classic was held on May 15, 2017 at Trophy Club Country Club. A record number of golfers and celebrities played in the scramble tournament. Generous sponsors included Texas Oncology PA, Bank of Texas, USI Southwest, Inc. dba Healthcare Liability Solutions, SirTex Medical, Genomic Health, NTC Texas, MedFusion, Clinique Dallas and Alison Laidley, M.D.
The Survive and Thrive Symposium was held on Saturday, April 8 in Longview, Texas. After the keynote address by Longview resident and cancer survivor Carolyn Northcutt, attendees were able to listen to and interact with experts in medicine and cancer survivorship.
The inaugural Survive and Thrive Symposium was held in the Dallas/Fort Worth area on October 22, 2016. During this informative and engaging event, experts spoke about healthy survivorship including late and long-term side effects of cancer, intimacy after a cancer diagnosis, exercise and nutrition and art therapy. Through roundtable discussions, registrants had an opportunity to dialogue directly with medical experts.