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Dave Dravecky Headlines Cancer Survivorship Conference Sept. 16-17

Network - Summer 2011

Dave Dravecky knows he was never just “The Arm.”

More than 20 years after a devastating mid-game injury — a pitch that shattered his arm and ended his pitching career — he is warm, upbeat and humble.

It wasn’t always that way.

Dravecky talks freely about the loss of identity, anger and clinical depression he experienced after his treatment for a desmoid tumor, followed by the injury and subsequent recurrences that led to the amputation of his pitching arm in 1989.

He credits his faith and the support of his family with his hard-won recovery.

Determined to share hope with others who are suffering, he and wife Jan founded Endurance, a nonprofit ministry in Colorado that helps those facing serious illness, loss or depression.

Dravecky’s encouraging message will kick off the 23rd annual Anderson Network Cancer Survivorship Conference Sept. 16-17 at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside.

Join us for this year’s conference to learn more about the issues cancer survivors face, meet and share with other survivors, take wellness classes and have fun.

Speakers, breakout sessions, medical panel

Open to all cancer patients, their families and caregivers, the conference includes nearly two dozen informative breakout sessions, including: 

  • issues of young adult survivors, 
  • depression and cancer, 
  • the benefits and dangers of vitamin supplements, 
  • sleep issues and cancer,
  • living with metastatic disease, 
  • treatment of advanced melanoma, and 
  • improving outcomes with comprehensive lifestyle change.

The popular medical panel includes MD Anderson experts Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., Robert Bast Jr., M.D., and Funda Meric-Bernstam, M.D.

Soprano Barbara Padilla, runner-up in “America’s Got Talent,” will entertain at the banquet Sept. 16.

Other keynote speakers are chef and “Next Food Network Star” finalist Hans Rueffert, and mountain climber Sean Swarner — both cancer survivors.

Thanks to MD Anderson, sponsors and individual donors, the cost of the conference is just $50 for early registrants, which includes all meals, activities and self-parking.

Registration is available online until Sept. 9. After that, guests must pay $60 at the door on the day of the conference.

The Anderson Network, an organization with support and educational services for patients/survivors, their families and caregivers, is a program of the Department of Volunteer Services.

For more information, call 713-792-2553 in Houston, 800-345-6324 toll free.

© 2015 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center