Calling all Cancer Advocates

to The Third Annual


Encouraging and




Programs and


Cancer Advocacy Leadership Conference

 Sunday, August 18 – Thursday, August 22, 2013

Tucson, Arizona

Presented by:


Discover a healthy balance in your own personal health and wellbeing
your community advocacy work and efforts!

We believe that healthy programs need healthy leaders. In order for both individuals and programs to grow, flourish, and prosper they need to be nurtured. ESCAPE offers you the opportunity to do so.

ESCAPE is unique. It will bring together advocates from around the country who are involved in cancer-related programs and projects to:

  • network with other community advocates, both novice and veteran;
  • share experiences and gain insight, tools, and skills for:
    •  growth and sustainability of cancer advocacy efforts
    •  volunteers
    • fundraising
    • legislative, donor, and other “asks”
    • burnout prevention
    • experience the integration of mind, body and spirit for balanced living

The program agenda is balanced and will include plenary sessions and workshops, and informal networking groups.  Please see the AGENDA for more specific information.

To visit our speaker page with biographies, see  ESCAPE Speaker Bios page.



Miraval Resort outside Tucson, Arizona will be home to ESCAPE. It is an integral part of the entire experience. It is described as a top-rated destination that focuses on healthy and balanced living. Their core philosophy of “mindfulness” permeates every aspect of all they offer. Their programs and activities are the basis for our wellness agenda.

We hope that everyone will return home better equipped to utilize your precious time and limited energies to give back to your community and continue to help make a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and loved ones across the country.

This is what last year’s participants had to say:

“In my ten years as a breast cancer patient advocate and dealing with advanced breast cancer, this is the most enriching, enlightening, impactful, insightful, educational, empowering, well-rounded and valuable retreat I’ve been to. The speakers, staff and participants are open, compassionate, patient and ready to share their valuable expertise with the group to enhance and improve the personal and professional lives of the advocates, their NPOs and the populations they serve. This well-rounded approach is unique to ESCAPE. No other conference or retreat encompasses a whole person approach to advocacy and that makes ESCAPE special and invaluable and precious. It is an integral part of being an advocate. Every speaker was outstanding and every topic was invaluable. The spirit and soul of the conference was empowering.”

“My work as a cancer advocate, a navigator, a volunteer coordinator and a social worker is very intense. I live and work in turmoil, and often let the pace speed-up to where I work without reflecting on what I can do better and how I can accomplish magnifying the impact of my endeavors. Escape was an opportunity to engage with others who are knowledgeable and resourceful, and share a passion for making a difference. It set a tone of appreciation, provided essentials tools for advocacy, and left me with a renewed determination to utilize everything I learned to make a larger and more meaningful impact. I learned about grieving and loss, not just the technical bullet points, but also the true experience. I understood the ways in which maladaptive coping mechanism used to burnout, despair and non-resiliency. My entire being was renewed with hope and with a sense of empowerment knowing that what I take with me from ESCAPE will impact many others.”

Escape has provided more tools, contacts, an entire national network of supporters and advocates with which to connect and draw strength. The leadership team has provided experts in many crucial areas that will enable us to refocus our skills to better serve our clients in the community.”

“What a gift of healing, restoration, strength in vulnerability, and strength building. I have learned so much about the importance of self-care in healing, of being our authentic selves and ways to integrate these practices into our daily lives. Additionally, I learned the importance of bringing these practices and values back to our communities.”

PARTNERSHIPS AND SPONSORS: ESCAPE is a program of BAG IT, a grassroots community advocacy project in Tucson, Arizona.  Eisai is our most honored Presenting Sponsor and the conference is also funded in part by Genentech Ventana Medical Systems, and Miraval. Other foundations and companies are invited to join us as sponsors. If you can suggest a resource for us, please contact Sherri Romanoski at

APPLICATION INFORMATION:  This is a small conference by design and a limited number of spaces will be available. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Submitted applications do not ensure participation. All applications are reviewed by a committee and you will be notified within two weeks of submission. A rolling admission process will continue until all available spaces are filled and a waiting list generated.

Application process is now closed. Check back Spring 2014.

REGISTRATION FEES: Thanks to the generous financial support of our sponsors, your registration fee of $495 includes: the conference program, 4 night accommodations at Miraval based on sharing a room, all meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, refreshments throughout the day, select Miraval activities, plus resort credits valued at $100/per night. We will pair you to room with another ESCAPE participant. Please note: If you prefer or require a single room at Miraval, it is subject to availability and must be requested in advance. An additional $685 single supplement will apply. Payment of the single supplement is due with your registration fee. (Total for registration with single room supplement=$1,180.)

All registration fees are due two weeks after notification of acceptance.

Transportation to Tucson is the responsibility of each participant. However, Miraval does provide transportation to and from the Tucson Airport.

A very limited number of financial aid scholarships for $100 to $200 are available. A completed financial aid form is required and reviewed along with your ESCAPE application. You will be notified of ESCAPE acceptance and any qualified financial award within two weeks of submission. We are unable to offer scholarships for travel costs. (Acceptance to the conference is not in any way affected by a financial aid request.)  Click the button below to fill out the Financial Aid Form.

ESCAPE Financial Aid Form

APPLICATION INFORMATION FOR ESCAPE ALUMNI: A very limited number of spaces will be available to alumni as mentors. Completed applications do not ensure attendance. Registration fees above will apply. Click the button below to fill out the ESCAPE Alumni Application.

ESCAPE Alumni Application

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