Be Informed: Roundup of Advocacy Meetings and Events (Summer and Fall)

Learn more about lung cancer advocacy events in Be Informed: Roundup of Advocacy Meetings and Events (Winter and Spring).

June: G02's Lung Cancer Voices Summit

June 15-16 is when the G02 annual Lung Cancer Voices Summit (formerly Advocacy Summit) is held in Washington, DC. This event is another highlight of my advocacy activities. Every time I attend this event, I feel amazingly empowered. Engaging with members of Congress and sharing our personal stories and emphasizing the importance of lung cancer research is exhilarating and empowering! Not to mention, you will develop close bonds with fellow advocates.

If you have financial need, travel scholarships may be available on a limited basis. In previous years, the registration fee was $75. Read more about the Lung Cancer Voices Summit.

August and September

IASLC’s World Conference on Lung Cancer

IASLC’s annual World Conference on Lung Cancer is usually held in September. What I love about this scientific conference is that it is totally focused on lung cancer, compared to ASCO, which of course is all cancers.

Since this organization comprises members from all over the world, the location of the annual meeting varies year after year. In 2019, the conference was held in Barcelona. In 2020, World Lung is scheduled to be held in Singapore. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 conference has been postponed to January 26-29, 2021. Read more about IASLC’s World Conference on Lung Cancer.

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s Lobby Day

Another event in September is the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s Lobby Day held in Washington, DC. I attended this conference many years ago before ACS made lung cancer a priority. ACSCAN provides training for attendees. When I attended, they covered my expenses, including a shared hotel room with someone I did not know. Just be mindful that this event is not lung cancer-specific like the other events included here. For more information, see ACS Lobby Day page.

November: Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Of course, November is our month. All nonprofit organizations focusing on lung cancer host 5K events, galas, etc. There are usually social media campaigns, as well during Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Whether or not you are traveling to one of these events, please make plans to support your local advocacy activities. If there are no local events, consider starting one.

December: National Lung Cancer Roundtable

In early December, the National Lung Cancer Roundtable holds its annual meeting in the Washington, DC area. Most engagement with the Roundtable is through member nonprofit organizations. If you are interested in becoming involved, reach out to the nonprofit in which you are most engaged. Learn more about the National Lung Cancer Roundtable.

Connect with other lung cancer advocates

There are other advocacy meetings, events, and activities. The best way to keep in the loop is by connecting with a lung cancer nonprofit involved in the type of activities that most interest you.

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