A Fresh Chapter

Re-Fresh Experience For Cancer Advocates

Re-Fresh Experience For Cancer Advocates

A Fresh Chapter
San Francisco, 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 2018, A Fresh Chapter will offer our second U.S. based ReFresh Experience For Cancer Advocates where we customize our proven model of volunteering, travel, leadership development, and psychosocial support – specifically for the advocacy community. ReFresh provides 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. Foster a Fresh Perspective.

Our 5-day program ReFresh Experience will run August 5-9, 2018 and is designed to foster leadership skills, build connections, and increase collaboration across the industry – all while arming advocates and leaders with the tools and resources they need to reduce burnout and carry on their important work.

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.

Benefits of Participation:

  • Relationship building with fellow leaders who represent the needs of hundreds of thousands of patients & their families
  • Networking with Industry Partners: As part of the program, we will offer an innovative industry partner engagement event designed to foster collaboration as well as offer fresh perspective and tools to help everyone involved create win-win collaboration strategies for the future: Collaboration: Exploring the New Frontier (August 7, 2018)
  • Personal Development: Access to on-site resources and the opportunity to join our growing ReFresh Network – a space to connect with like-minded leaders across the industry and gain access to online resources and tools for reducing burnout & growing leadership skills
  • Reflect & Recharge: A chance to get away from your day-to-day responsibilities and benefit from AFC’s activities to help you uncover your ‘why” and return to your work inspired and recharged.
Program Agenda
  • Sunday, August 5, 2018
    • Arrival by 2pm at Hotel Rex in downtown San Francisco
    • 3:00 – 5:30pm – Orientation & AFC Program Activity
    • 6:30pm – Option to join us for group dinner at a nearby restaurant (cost covered by participants)
  • Monday, August 6, 2018
    • 7:30 – 8:30am – Breakfast at Hotel Rex
    • 9:00am – 10:45am – AFC Program Activity
    • 11:00am – 2:00pm – Joint Advocacy/Industry Event: We will step beyond the borders of cancer to serve lunch to San Francisco’s homeless population and experience first-hand why A Fresh Chapter uses perspective-shifting volunteering as a catalyst for healing.
    • 2:00 – 3:00pm – Lunch in downtown San Francisco (Industry Partners Invited To Join Us)
    • 3:30 pm – Transfer to Ralston White Retreat Center in Mill Valley (Industry Partners Invited To Join Us)
    • 5:30 – 6:30pm – Surprise Joint Advocacy /Industry Event
    • 6:30 – 7:30pm – Joint Dinner at Ralston White Retreat Center
    • 8:00pm – Free Time
  • Tuesday, August 7, 2018
    • Morning – Joint Advocacy/Industry Forum
    • Joint lunch at Ralston White Retreat Center
    • Industry Partners Depart After Lunch
    • 2:00pm – 5:30pm – AFC Program Activity
    • Dinner at Ralston Retreat Center
    • AFC Program Activity
  • Wednesday, August 8, 2018
    • Morning – AFC Program Activity
    • Lunch – Ralston White Retreat Center
    • Afternoon – Once-in-a-lifetime Golden Gate Bridge Excursion
    • Dinner Off-Site
    • AFC Program Activity
  • Thursday, August 9, 2018
    • Morning – AFC Program Activity & Closing Circle
    • 12:00pm – Lunch
    • 1:00pm – Departures from Ralston Retreat Center
Burnout – especially as a cancer advocate and nonprofit leader – needs to be acknowledged because only in doing so can we keep going. By talking about it, not as a sign of failure but as an opportunity for growth, we can find (and offer) support and together create a new path forward. Thank you for the much-needed, liberating, exhausting, life-changing experience. I will forever be grateful. — Sam Watson, CEO, The Samfund


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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. The program will be filled through a nomination and interview process – including an interview with A Fresh Chapter founder and CEO, Terri Wingham.

The Selection Timeline is as follows:

  • Application Deadline: February 28, 2018
  • Application Review & Next Steps Communicated by March 21, 2018
  • Interviews Complete by April 15, 2018
  • Selections Confirmed by April 30, 2018

To access the 2018 ReFresh Experience Application, click here.

Program Cost & Commitment

In order to make this program as accessible as possible, A Fresh Chapter is securing sponsorships/partnerships with our industry partners to help cover the majority of the costs associated with the ReFresh for Cancer Advocates Experience. However, participants are required to cover the registration fee of $75 as well as 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 with their social media channels. For those with demonstrated financial need, scholarships may be available to cover the registration fee and support with the cost of travel. Once an applicant has been selected and he or she pays the $75 fee, he or she must also send a confirmed flight itinerary to A Fresh Chapter in order to hold his/her spot in the program.

Nominate a Leader for the 2018 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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