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Champions Against Cancer
An opportunity for Swim Across America beneficiary doctors to come together and share with our board of directors, event directors and Olympians the progress they are making in the fight against cancer. Champions Against Cancer is invitation only.

October 12th-13th, 2017

Rosen Plaza, 9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. Rosen Plaza is sold out and we recommend Rosen Inn or Hyatt Regency Orlando. Both are within walking distance of Rosen Plaza.

Champions Against Cancer Agenda
The presentation schedule is subject to updates and changes

Wednesday, October 11th 

6:00-8:00pm: Welcome reception—Mezzanine Balcony at Rosen Plaza

Thursday, October 12th

7:30-9:00am: Breakfast & Speed Dating | Meet your fellow event directors
9:00-9:20am: Dr. Taha Merghoub, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
9:30-9:50am: Dr. Paul DiSilvestro, Women & Infants Hospital
10:00-10:20am: Recruiting Ideas, Leslie Lucas (SAA-Dallas), Katie Marchetti (SAA-Chicago) and Annie Applegarth (SAA-Baltimore)
10:30-10:50am: Dr. Jeff Borgia, Chicago Rush University
11:00-11:20am: Dr. Lynda Vrooman, Dana Farber
11:30-11:50am: Creating and Sustaining a Million Dollar Swim (Tony Sibio, SAA-Long Island) and Creating and Sustaining a $100,000 team (Susan Helmrich, SAA-San Francisco

12pm Lunch: Special guests Louis Van Amstel (Dancing With The Stars) and Olympians Rowdy Gaines, Steve Lundquist, Janel Jorgensen McArdle, Heather Petri, Ryan Berube, Eric Wunderlich, George DiCarlo and Craig Beardsley

1:00-1:20pm: Dr. Carlos Becerra, Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas
1:30-1:50pm: Creating Pool Swims, Craig Beardsley
2:00-2:20pm: Dr. Raffaella Sordella, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
2:30-2:50pm: Dr. Julie Saba, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco
3:00-3:20pm: Dr. Marc Symons, Feinstein Institute of North Shore
3:30-3:50pm: Dr. Jonathan Gerber, Levine Cancer Institute (Carolinas Healthcare System)
4:00-5:30pm: Board of Directors meeting, Swim Across America
7:00pm: We've reserved tables at four different restaurants within walking distance of Rosen Plaza. You pick the restaurant you want to have dinner and an SAA staff member will be there. SAA National is paying for dinner.

Friday, October 13th

7:00-8:00am: Breakfast
8:00-8:20am: Dr. Jim Garvin, New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center
8:30-8:50am: Dr. Douglas K. Graham, Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Children and Emory University;
9:00-9:20am: Dr. Shari Pilon-Thomas, Moffitt Cancer Center
9:30-9:50am: Dr. Damon Reed, Moffitt Cancer Center
10:00-10:20am: Dr. Richard Gorlick, University of Texas MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital
10:30-10:50am: Breaking Through The Noise, Jill Roethke and Jim Pignato (SAA-Nantucket)
11:00-11:20am: Social and E-mail Communication Ideas, Ryan Baucom (SAA-National)
11:30-12:00pm: Event strategies, Megan Melgaard and Amy Krakauer (SAA-National)

Champions Against Cancer Concludes
Attendees may leave or stay for Oct 14-15 activity below.

Saturday, October 14th

Rowdy Gaines Masters Classic