National Symposium for Blood and Marrow Transplant Survivors

Symposium-Banner_2014_webIf you or a loved one is a survivor of a bone marrow, stem cell or cord blood transplant, please join us for a weekend of learning, sharing and celebration. Celebrating a Second Chance at Life, hosted by the Blood and Marrow Transplant Information Network (, is a two day event, with expert presenters from cancer centers all over the country. This year’s symposium will be held in East Rutherford, NJ, about 10 miles from Manhattan.

The conference will include more than 35 sessions, with special presentations for caregivers of pediatric survivors, as well as several sessions in Spanish. Sunday’s program features several opportunities to ask questions of the experts, including experts in pediatrics, lymphoma/Hodgkin disease, leukemia/myelodysplastic syndrome, myeloma, and general transplant. Opportunities to network with other survivors and their loved ones will be available throughout the weekend.

Anne Steiner, MD, Director of the North Shore – LIJ Ocular Surface Center (home of the BostonSight® PROSE clinic), will speak on chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) of the eyes. Several other sessions on GVHD are featured, as well as presentations on the emotional challenges that survivors and their loved ones face; good health post-transplant; pain and fatigue; and a number other topics.

BFS will have a table in the exhibit hall where you can learn more about PROSE treatment. Please stop by to grab a brochure, ask a question, or just say hi!

For survivors and their family members, registration is just $40 if you register prior to September 1, at which time the price increases to $50. Scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the registration fee. Your registration fee will cover all conference materials, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, a continental breakfast on Sunday, and snacks on both days.