OMF Annual Patient and Caregiver Meeting

1st Annual "Eye Am Not Alone" Conference:
Building the OM Community Through Education and Support
October 23-24, 2010

The Ocular Melanoma Foundation is holding its first conference for patients, caregivers and loved ones on October 23-24, 2010 in Boston, MA. The conference will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest research on treatments and procedures. There will be discussions with physicians and other attendees as well as support group sessions facilitated by social workers at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Speakers at our conference are leaders in the ocular melanoma field and come from a range of backgrounds and institutions.

Time will also be set aside for fun and entertainment. Our hope is that this annual conference will be life changing, that friendships are formed, and that attendees go back home with renewed energy to cope with ocular melanoma, both medically and emotionally.

2010 Conference Information

All conference events will take place at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute (44 Binney Street, Boston, MA). The agenda is still being finalized and will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Online registration for the conference will begin around June 1st so please check back periodically for registration details.

There is a another large event in Boston this same weekend so we anticipate that all hotels in the city will fill up quickly. We urge you to book your hotel room (which is separate from the conference registration) ASAP if you think there is a chance you will be able to come for the conference. Hotel reservations can be cancelled up until 6pm the day of arrival. Information on how to make your hotel reservation can be found below.

Help us spread the word! Do you know someone that has been affected by ocular melanoma? Are you involved with a support group that includes ocular melanoma patients and/or caregivers? If so, please let them know about our upcoming conference. We will also be posting a conference flyer on this page around the beginning of June and encourage you to help us distribute the information by printing the flyer and delivering it to your ocular oncologist or medical oncologist to display in his/her office.
Conference Fees:
  • The registration fee has not yet been determined. We are working to keep the fee as low as possible so that more people can afford to attend.
  • Standard: (on or before September 21) $50 for the first attendee, $40 for each additional family member or caregiver.
  • Late: (after September 21) $60 for the first attendee, $50 for each additional family member or caregiver.

Conference fee includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks on Saturday and breakfast and snack on Sunday. Fee also includes presentations, breakouts, open forums and all conference materials. Conference fee applies to ALL those who attend ANY PART of our conference and cannot be pro-rated.

Note: We try to keep our registration fees as low as possible, so that more people can afford to attend the conference. Please note that OMF, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and our 2010 conference sponsors subsidize a significant portion of your conference costs.

Payment:
  • There are two ways to pay for the conference: via credit card or by check, and information will be included in the online registration form as soon as registration begins.

Important Hotel Information:
  • We are holding a block of rooms at the Courtyard Marriott in Coolidge Corner, Brookline (40 Webster Street, Brookline – about 1.3 miles from Dana Farber Cancer Institute). The special OMF group rate is $199 per night plus tax for a double room.
  • The reserved room block will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis (if you have problems reserving a room with our group rate, please contact Becky at becky@ocumel.org and we will try to add more rooms to the block if they are available). There is a large event in Boston this same weekend so we anticipate that all hotels in the city will fill up quickly. We urge you to book your hotel room ASAP if you think there is a chance you will be able to come for the patient and caregiver conference. Hotel reservations can be cancelled up until 6pm the day of arrival. The special group rate will expire when all allotted rooms have been reserved, the hotel fills up, or on September 21, whichever comes first. If rooms are still available after September 21, we do not know what rate the hotel will offer.
  • To reserve your room: call the Marriott toll free at 1-866-296-2296 and reference the “Ocular Melanoma Foundation” group block.
  • The Courtyard Marriott has a free shuttle to and from Dana Farber Cancer Institute should you need to get back to the hotel during the day. The OMF will also have a shuttle at the start and finish of the Patient Meeting to get you to and from the meeting and hotel. A car will not be needed during the conference.
  • If the Courtyard Marriott sells out of rooms, please contact us at becky@ocumel.org and we will do our best to help you find alternate accommodations. Please note that the OMF will not be able to provide transportation to the conference events at Dana Farber Cancer Institute from any other hotel besides the Courtyard Marriott in Brookline.
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Have additional questions? Email Becky at becky@ocumel.org.

Thank you to our 2010 Conference Sponsors!

Platinum level sponsor
Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Gold level sponsor
Delcath Systems

If you’re interested in becoming a conference sponsor, please contact Becky Selig at becky@ocumel.org.