A Fresh Chapter

Re-Fresh Experience For Cancer Advocates

Re-Fresh Experience For Cancer Advocates

A Fresh Chapter
San Francisco to Carmel, California

Whether you work for a cancer non-profit or advocate via social media and online platforms, you serve on the front lines of cancer every day. You provide support and information to cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, fellow advocates and friends who face extreme financial, physical, or emotional hardship – often while grappling with your own experience of cancer (either as a patient or caregiver). With competing and complex demands on your time, it’s rare for you to have an opportunity to step beyond the borders of your cause to gain fresh perspectives, address cancer’s emotional scars, set goals for the future and reconnect to what inspired you to join the advocacy movement in the first place.

In August 2017, A Fresh Chapter will offer a U.S. based ReFresh Experience For Cancer Advocates where we will customize our proven model of volunteering, travel, leadership development, and psychosocial support – specifically for the advocacy community. With the launch of our first ReFresh Experience, we will provide a unique networking experience as well as a forum for building stronger partnerships and growing the cancer advocacy movement. ReFresh will serve as a building block for future programs, ongoing collaboration, and a more comprehensive approach to fostering emerging leaders across our industry.


Learn. Exchange. Connect. Five days to Foster a Fresh Perspective.

Our ReFresh Experience for Cancer Advocates will kick off with a 1-day Cancer Advocates Forum – C.O.N.E.C.T. (Creating Oncology Networks To Encourage Collaboration & Trust) – for industry partners and advocates on August 7, 2017. We will volunteer alongside each other to serve a meal to the homeless of San Francisco, participate in an industry roundtable designed to spark new ideas and evolve best practices for fostering the next generation of patient leaders and enjoy an evening event where we experience the world, without leaving the city. Then, 16 advocacy leaders will join us for a subsequent 4-day experience that weaves together perspective-shifting community volunteering, leadership development, a joint story-boarding and Reimagine The Future session, and a once-in-a-lifetime overnight trip to Carmel – all carefully designed to foster new connections across the industry and grow leadership skills while helping to address advocacy burnout.

Program Highlights (August 6-12, 2017)
  • Sunday – Arrival at any time to Hotel Rex in San Francisco*
  • Monday – Joint 1 Day Industry/Advocate Forum, then transfer to Ralston White Retreat Center
  • Tuesday – A mix of AFC programming and a trip to Point Reyes 
  • Wednesday – Volunteering and a Reimagine The Future immersive Participant/Partner Storyboarding event
  • Thursday – An unforgettable trip to Carmel to explore the wild Pacific coastline
  • Friday – A morning of reflection and respite in Carmel before returning to San Francisco for a send-off dinner
  • Saturday – Departures at any time throughout the day

A Fresh Chapter is grateful to you – the advocacy organizations and volunteer advocates across the industry who work tirelessly to provide support, education, conferences, financial assistance, governmental lobbying, research, and much more to people living with or beyond cancer.

I love my advocacy work and yet, in order to move things forward and affect change, sometimes I feel like I have to shout to be heard. My A Fresh Chapter Odyssey program gave me the opportunity to connect with diverse people who had experienced different types of cancer. I felt like I could sit back and listen and learn from their experiences as well as explore some of my own emotional scars. I didn’t have to be “on” and I could build connections and get support to sustain me for my advocacy work in the future. — Heather, 2016 India Odyssey Tribe

APPLICATION, SELECTION, & Program coST

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Application & Selection

A Fresh Chapter’s intended audience for this program is non-profit leaders and independent advocates from across the pan-tumor spectrum. Invitees will come from a range of oncology areas, included (but not limited to): breast cancer, metastatic breast cancer, melanoma, lung cancer, lymphoma and leukemia, testicular cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer and young adult cancer. If you are a non-profit leader or advocate who could benefit from this program, please email A Fresh Chapter founder, Terri Wingham, at terri@afreshchapter.com with a summary of your background as soon as possible as we only have a limited number of spots still available for this year’s program.

Program Cost & Commitment

Participants are required to cover the cost of flights, transportation to and from the airport, and some meals. As a way to help pay forward the experience/lessons learned, participants will be asked to write a blog post and share their experiences with their teams and or via social media channels.

Nominate a Leader for the 2017 ReFresh Experience for Cancer Advocates Program

If you know a leader or advocate who works tirelessly to support others and could benefit from the ReFresh Experience, please contact Terri Wingham at terri@afreshchapter.com as soon as possible to learn more and find out if we still have spots available.

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