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Conferences C4YW: Conference for Young Women

When:   Friday, February 21, 2014 - Sunday, February 23, 2014

Where:   Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in The Walt Disney World Resort
1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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Updated April 3, 2014

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C4YW provided the latest news and information on the treatment of breast cancer and on quality of life issues  The conference afforded you a wonderful chance to expand your circles of support and to gain insight into the resources LBBC and YSC have available.

General Session One: Armchair Discussion with the Medical Experts

General Session Two:  Resiliency after Breast Cancer

General Session Three:  Calling All Foodies! Cooking with Fit and Flair

Our six general session speakers were joined by some of the country’s leading breast cancer experts. Workshops addressed topics that include current research discoveries, medical advancements and healthy living strategies for young women diagnosed with breast cancer.


For 2014, we expanded the conference to provide even more programming. New discussion groups led by healthcare professionals enhanced your C4YW experience, giving you the chance to share your story and hear insights from others in an informal setting. Some of our discussion group topics included:

  • Confronting Mortality at a Young Age
  • Sex and Intimacy
  • Caregiving
  • Single and Dating
  • Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer as a Young Woman

About our General Session Speakers

Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, is a medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of women’s cancers. He joined the Gillette Center for Gynecologic Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital in July 2012. An associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and medicine, at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University, he also serves as an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. For the last 9 years he has been the director of medical oncology for the Program in Women’s Oncology at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. He serves as a deputy editor in oncology and cancer survivorship for UpToDate, an online resource that provides doctors with the latest evidence-based, clinical information to help them improve the quality of their care.

Shayna Komar, R.D.L.D. is a registered and licensed dietitian in Atlanta, Ga., where she currently contracts with Cancer Wellness of Piedmont Hospital providing individual counseling, cooking workshops and group lectures for cancer patients and caregivers. As a passionate and energetic woman, she helps bring food to life for the cancer patient. Shayna was the proud recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Dietitian of the Year award from the American Dietetic Association. She also has presented nutrition lectures all over the United States, including in Las Vegas, Nev., for the Oncology Nursing Society, Greenville, S.C., for the Healing Journey’s Cancer Survivor Conference, and Atlanta, Ga., for the Young Breast Cancer Survivor Annual Conference. In 2013 she was put on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic Speakers Bureau for oncology dietitians.

Julie Larson, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in New York City, where she works primarily with people underage 40 around issues of wellness, loss and life transitions. Prior to establishing her private practice, Ms. Larson was the young adult program director at CancerCare for six years. In this position, she developed a national program of age-specific support services and educational materials focused on the unique issues faced by young adults impacted by a cancer diagnosis.

Ms. Larson is a member of the multidisciplinary steering committee of the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance, a coalition of organizations working on national initiatives to improve the survival rates and quality of life of young adults with cancer. She consults with a number of organizations on strategies to improve their young adult programming and has been featured in various publications including SELF Magazine’s breast cancer handbook for October 2006, The Crazy Sexy Cancer:Survival Guide, Everything Changes: The Insider’s Guide to Cancer in Your 20s and 30s and a number of survivor blogs.

Kathryn J. Ruddy, MD, MPH, is a board certified medical oncologist and director of cancer survivorship for medical oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. She has been a breast oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass., for 4 years, focusing much of her clinical and research effort on breast cancer in young women. She now serves as director of cancer survivorship for the department of oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Dr. Ruddy is board certified in hematology, medical oncology and internal medicine. Her current areas of interest include cancer survivorship, premenopausal breast cancer, fertility, and male breast cancer. She is a medical reviewer for Living Beyond Breast Cancer and contributed to our Guide to Understanding Triple-Negative Breast Cancer.

Leonard Sender,MD, has more than 20 years of experience treating pediatric, adolescent, and young adult cancer patients and survivors. He has seen how the field of oncology has changed and how concerted efforts are now made to address patients’ ancillary needs, including fertility preservation, management of acute and chronic side effects of treatment, and to be sensitive to the psychosocial impacts of a cancer diagnosis on those just beginning their most productive years. Dr. Sender's research interests are comprehensive and multidisciplinary, extending from epidemiological components (incidence, prevalence), to biological factors (genetic or cellular differences), to the psychosocial impact of cancer and long-term cancer survivorship. In 2010, he founded two entities critical to the development of the emerging adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology subspecialty: the Society for Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, for which he serves as President, and the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, for which he serves as Editor in Chief. Dr. Sender is currently the medical director of the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's and the director of clinical operations and program development of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC Irvine Medical Center. His dual clinical positions at CHOC Children’s and the University of California,Irvine allows him to see patients across the entire age spectrum, from infants to older adults, including patients in the AYA age range of 15–39, at both institutions.

Nancy Waldeck is a trained chef and is the owner of Taste and Savor, Inc. As a healthy foods chef, Nancy Waldeck is passionate about helping others eat better, enjoy an active lifestyle and cook delicious food. She combines a corporate training background with solid culinary education and diverse experience in the food world. Her skills and enthusiasm have taken her from monthly appearances on national TV to the kitchen crew at the TBS cooking show Home Plate, then all the way to Africa where she served as Chef Instructor at the United States Embassy in Burundi. Because Nancy believes food should be fast, fun, healthy AND taste great, she is a favorite instructor at the Cancer Wellness Center at Piedmont Hospital, Buford Highway Farmers Market and Atlanta’s own Cooks Warehouse.

A lover of wine and food pairing, she holds intermediate and advanced international wine certifications from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, and teaches both professional and ad vocational classes. Over 50 local and national companies including GE, McCormick, Ford,St. Regis Hotels and Google have enjoyed cooking and wine with Chef Nancy. Her unique perspective from big business combined with gourmet savvy make Nancy’s classes fun and creative! Her enthusiasm for food and wine is evident in her cookbook, TASTE and SAVOR Delicious Healthy Recipes &Tasty Wine Tips and every week in The Friday Four, a unique e-newsletter containing a mouthwatering recipe, smart wine suggestion and two valuable kitchen tips.Check out her better food and smart wine philosophy at

About our Sponsors

Lead Travel Grant and Fee Waiver Sponsor


Presenting Sponsor


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Plastic Surgery Foundation


Supporting Sponsors


Center for Restorative Breast Surgery

Genomic Health


The Paula A. Seidman Fund

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