Jan 2-6, 2018


ESCAPE Alumni Blogs

Before coming here I had been contemplating stepping away from my advocacy work. Being here at Miraval has really re-energized me.

Anne Bergersen, Colon Cancer Alliance

… By spending time with other cancer advocates, I have extended the resources available to help me. Amazing ideas were generated that I can bring to my community. The speakers imparted knowledge that I can share with staff to improve my organization.  And I have a personal plan to keep my own health a priority and avoid compassion fatigue.

Mary Beth Gibson, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Beyond Boobs!, Williamsburg, VA

The ESCAPE Leadership Conference offered unparalleled opportunities to network and collaborate with other cancer patient advocates who are leaders in the cancer care community. This unique and innovative wellness setting offered a relaxing integration of self-care, public policy advocacy and political action.  The philosophy that cancer care leaders must engage in optimum health and wellness promotion for themselves was a consistent and important message that permeated our learning experience. It was a sincere honor and privilege to attend the conference. I was depleted before the conference and now feel transformed and energized to do this life changing work.

Teiahsha Bankhead, Director of Development, Women’s Cancer Resource Center, Oakland, CA

“All of the presentations were helpful and of excellent quality. The focus on organizational development was so helpful to honing in our salient issues we are facing, and the day of Healing and Hope was insightful, fun, and empowering!”

There are no words to describe how amazing ESCAPE has been. It has been a life changing experience – not just as an advocate, but also as a person who is still learning to live. The ESCAPE conference has given me so many ideas and strategies that I can take back to both my national and local group. I feel more able and competent to lead my organization in a new and more efficient direction now. I know that the things I have learned here and plan to share with my fellow advocates will better ourselves, our work, and make it possible to help and support even more families affected by Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer.

Brandi Forbes, FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky

“Re-ignited by interest in policy and advocacy in change-making work.”

What is unique about this program is that each participant leaves their individual organization’s agenda at the door and is totally open to hear from everyone in the group. No one feels inhibited to share information or suggestions for fear of judgement. There are no hidden agendas.

Diane Rose, FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered