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📢 Conference Postponed: We have been closely monitoring reports and guidance from the CDC and public health departments. Your health and safety is our top priority, and with that in mind we have decided to postpone the Midwest Young Adult Cancer Conference. We are working on a plan to reschedule this event for the Fall and will be in touch soon with more details. 📢

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!


  • 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

Matt Mewhorter

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 Kaehny

Sarah Kaehny

Health & Wellness Coordinator at the Medical College of Wisconsin

Wellness champion

Stage 4 sarcoma survivor

Afternoon Keynote

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 Adults
  • Parents’ Connection
  • Demystifying Mindfulness 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
Wisconsin Cancer Collaborative


American Family Insurance
Children's Wisconsin MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

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