This event will be held in-person. Please register for further information on where to meet.

with Sara Kominers & Project Koru

Join other young adult cancer survivors for a morning of hiking at Theodore Roosevelt Island. The group will meet by the entrance to the bridge at the end of the parking lot.

The hike is suitable for all levels and will end with a bring your own picnic lunch – so pack something delicious to eat (we’ll have a cooler to store it). Plan to wear comfortable walking shoes, athletic pants, and non-cotton layers. Bring plenty of water and a hat and sunglasses for added sun protection, in addition to sunscreen.

The event will run until approximately 12:00pm (we plan to finish the hike around 11:00am and enjoy a picnic lunch for an hour).

Information on where to meet will be shared after registration.


This hike is co-hosted by Project Koru.

Project Koru enriches lives through community and the outdoors as a way to move forward beyond cancer. Young adults diagnosed with cancer face a unique set of challenges. With the right support, the weight of these challenges can be mitigated; that’s why we exist!


Social Distance and Mask Policy

For this hike and picnic, we will be outside the entire time and encourage participants to maintain adequate physical distance during the program. We encourage those who are unvaccinated to wear a mask while participating in the hike. For those that are vaccinated, masks are optional based on your comfort level.

This event will be held in-person at Hope Connections for Cancer Support in Bethesda, MD. Please register below to attend.

In Partnership with Hope Connections for Cancer Support, Life with Cancer and Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

YACS

Join other young adult cancer survivors for an in-person meet up.

Hope Connections, Life with Cancer, and Smith Center are hosting an in-person get-together for young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer. This gathering is an opportunity to connect with your peers who truly get this experience. Come for good conversations, fun, and light refreshments. 

REGISTER HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5Q3JgwMjt8HxAnDvfvUHhI6mYioW_QLgwA8CBAB-tjJS9VQ/viewform


Social Distance and Mask Policy

For this event, we will be outside the entire time and encourage participants to maintain adequate physical distance during the program. We encourage those who are unvaccinated to wear a mask while participating. For those that are vaccinated, masks are optional based on your comfort level.

To register for this program, please visit: http://ow.ly/5AFF50Hzo09

In Partnership with Life with Cancer and Hope Connections

Hot Topics for Young Adults : Let's Talk About Sex AND Pleasure

For young adults, sex is an important topic, and pleasure may be the most important aspect of sex. For young adults with cancer, there are unique questions and concerns about sex and sexual health that the medical team may not be adequately answering, and pleasure is likely never discussed. Join us as we have a frank and honest conversation, and provide accurate information to help support a safe, healthy, and pleasurable approach to sex and cancer.


About Hope Connections

Hope Connections for Cancer Support

Our mission: To help people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of cancer through participation in professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness, and hope.

About

About Life with Cancer

Inova Life with Cancer

Life with Cancer, a program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, has become Northern Virginia’s leading cancer education and support organization. We offer a variety of programs and services for patients, survivors, and their family members to help individuals cope with cancer, its treatments, and survivorship in the best possible way.

About Us

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, register by clicking the RSVP button above or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org.

You will receive the Zoom information no later than the morning of your program.

In Partnership with Life with Cancer and Hope Connections

Hot Topics for Young Adults: I Swear You Aren’t Crazy: Impacts of a Young Adult Cancer Diagnosis on Your Mental Health

Receiving a cancer diagnosis at any age is a shock to the system. But for a young adult, it is even more unexpected, traumatic, and often finds us stumbling in the dark. Explore the impact that a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship has on a young adult. We will also review the unique barriers to the young adult cancer population, what’s “normal,” and when to ask for help. Learn some basic coping strategies for dealing with life when it feels like you are struggling just to tread water every day. Facilitated by Oncology Certified Social Worker, Courtney Weaver, LSCW. Courtney is an oncology clinical therapist with Inova’s Life with Cancer program.


About Hope Connections

Hope Connections for Cancer Support

Our mission: To help people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of cancer through participation in professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness, and hope.

About

About Life with Cancer

Inova Life with Cancer

Life with Cancer, a program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, has become Northern Virginia’s leading cancer education and support organization. We offer a variety of programs and services for patients, survivors, and their family members to help individuals cope with cancer, its treatments, and survivorship in the best possible way.

About Us

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register through www.lifewithcancer.org or email Lauren.Broschak@inova.org.

In Partnership with Life with Cancer and Hope Connections

Sometimes, words aren’t enough to describe the emotional impact of cancer on young adults. Join us as we discuss emotional health, explore how art therapy can support young adults coping with cancer, and engage in an art experiential activity.


 

About Hope Connections

Our mission: To help people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of cancer through participation in professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness, and hope.

About

About Life with Cancer

Life with Cancer, a program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, has become Northern Virginia’s leading cancer education and support organization. We offer a variety of programs and services for patients, survivors, and their family members to help individuals cope with cancer, its treatments, and survivorship in the best possible way.

About Us

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must email info@hopeconnectionsforcancer.org to register.

In Partnership with Hope Connections, 2Unstoppable, and Life with Cancer

Join DC Metro Young Adult Cancer community partners: 2Unstoppable, Hope Connections, Life with Cancer and Smith Center for inspiration and support to help you stay active after diagnosis, during treatment, and long into survivorship.

About 2Unstoppable

2Unstoppable is a non-profit organization founded by two women with a personal history of Breast Cancer and who realized the many benefits of staying active during and after treatment. We now want to help other women on their cancer journeys experience a better quality of life and improved outcomes through exercise.

Our Story

About Hope Connections

Our mission: To help people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of cancer through participation in professionally facilitated programs of emotional support, education, wellness, and hope.

About

About Life with Cancer

Life with Cancer, a program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute, has become Northern Virginia’s leading cancer education and support organization. We offer a variety of programs and services for patients, survivors, and their family members to help individuals cope with cancer, its treatments, and survivorship in the best possible way.

About Us

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Bernardine Pinto, PhD (University of South Carolina) and Melinda Irwin, PhD (Yale University)

Did You Know?

Smith Center is pleased to announce the launch of a special series of talks designed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the center. Each of the talks will highlight one of eight healing practices that research and practice tell us is important to the health and well-being of cancer patients/survivors, and their loved ones.

The topics include: Eating Well, Moving More, Managing Stress, Sleeping Well, Creating a Healing Environment, Sharing Love and Support, Exploring What Matters Now, and Expressing Oneself.

For each topic, we will have two expert speakers. One will provide a clear and concise review of the science behind the given topic: what we do and do not know about the topic, the impact of this practice on cancer-related quality of life and mortality specifically, and national recommendations for action. The second speaker will “translate” this information into an action plan (e.g., provide user-friendly tips about how to integrate this aspect of healing into your daily life). At the end, there will be time for a question and answer period.


Did You Know? will be hosted Monthly on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30pm.

Upcoming Dates: 

  • February 17 – Moving More
    • with Bernardine Pinto, PhD, University of South Carolina and Melinda Irwin, PhD, MPH, Yale University
  • March 17 – Managing Stress
    • with Candida DeLuise, PhD and Paul Jacobsen, PhD, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD

In honor of our 25th Anniversary in 2021, we are suggesting donations for this series in fractions or multiples of the number “25.” E.G. $2.50, $12.50, $25, etc.


About Bernardine Pinto, PhD

Bernardine Pinto, PhD

Dr. Bernardine Pinto is a clinical psychologist, who received her doctoral degree from Western Michigan University in 1992, after completing her internship at the University of Mississippi and the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.  She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown Medical School. She then began her professional career as an Assistant Professor at the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, W. Alpert Medical School of Brown University and rose through the ranks to become a Professor (Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, W. Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, School of Public Health at Brown University).  She is currently a tenured Professor and Associate Dean for Research, College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina.  Her research interests focus on the development of theoretically-based exercise interventions for adult patient populations, and in promoting healthy behaviors among cancer survivors with a special emphasis on exercise promotion among cancer survivors.  She has published over 100 original articles and book chapters including publications in top tier journals in her field.  As Principal Investigator, she has received grant funding from the National Cancer Institute, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute on Aging, the American Cancer Society and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.  She has received continuous federal funding for her research since 1996. Dr. Pinto has extensive teaching experience: in addition to classroom teaching and seminars, she has served as supervisor for psychology interns, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty at the W. Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  She currently mentors students and junior faculty at the College of Nursing, University of South Carolina.  She lectures extensively both nationally and internationally and has received citation awards for her presentations at scientific meetings.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

About Melinda Irwin, PhD, MPH

Melinda Irwin, PhD

Melinda L. Irwin, PhD, MPH, Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Epidemiology in the Yale School of Public Health, Associate Cancer Center Director (Population Sciences) in the Yale Cancer Center, and Deputy Director of Public Health for the NIH CTSA Yale Center for Clinical Investigation (YCCI), is a prominent leader in the field of cancer prevention and control research. Dr. Irwin is also co-chair of the national SWOG Cancer Research Network Survivorship Committee. Her NCI- and foundation-funded research has focused on randomized controlled trials of exercise, diet, and weight loss interventions on cancer treatment-related side effects, adherence to treatment, biological markers associated with cancer survival and quality of life in patients with cancer. She has served on numerous national advisory boards focused on lifestyle behavior change in cancer survivors. Dr. Irwin is passionate about mentoring, and is PI of an NCI-funded training program in cancer prevention and control and PI of an energy balance and cancer education program for early career investigators. Her vision is to maximize opportunities for new investigators so they can become leaders in their respective fields and have a maximal impact on the health and well-being of patients and the population.