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Stupid Cancer's young adult cancer summit wraps up in Vegas

BY Elizabeth Whittington
PUBLISHED April 30, 2013
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The sixth annual OMG! Cancer Summit for Young Adults wrapped up this past weekend in Las Vegas. While CURE wasn't able to be on the ground with the gang from Stupid Cancer this year, we heard it was a hit. You can see video recaps of last year's event here, as well as a series of webinars on the OMG cross-country road trip that eventually led to Las Vegas. We'll give the OMG staff a little more time to put together the 2013 recap video. This year's summit logged more than 500 survivors, caregivers, healthcare professionals and advocates. And a marriage proposal. How's that for their motto of "Get busy living"? OMG volunteers had heard that Brian, a participant at the conference, intended to propose to his girlfriend, Heather, during the weekend. Once Matthew Zachary and Kenny Kane, both OMG founders, learned of the proposal, they helped Brian set up the surprise. During the closing ceremony, Heather was awarded the "Redhead Spitfire Award." When she came up to the stage to accept her recognition, Brian popped the question. Heather has exemplified "grace, courage and joy," during her cancer experience, which made the proposal in front of friends and fellow survivors even more special. "The Stupid Cancer family is thrilled to congratulate Heather and Brian on their engagement," said Thea Linscott, with Stupid Cancer. Proposal at OMG
She said yes. In addition, this year OMG! has expanded the caregiver track. "In listening to the young adult cancer community's special needs, OMG2013 included a caregiver track that was not only well attended, but applauded. Caregivers were given the opportunity to share their stories, challenges and triumphs with each other and panelists," Linscott said. OMG
The Volunteer Legacy Award was given to Scott Slater, Erica Mlot and Jason Mlot by Kenny Kane, Matthew Zachary and Alli Ward to recognize their dedication to Stupid Cancer. You can view some of the photos and commentary from the event on the OMG Summit Facebook page. We'll also be posting guest blogs from those who attended the event, so stay tuned! May 3: They work fast. Here's a recap video for the OMG2013 wrap up and a slideshow of the weekend meeting: http://vimeo.com/65177220.
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