Connect with other cancer patients and survivors during an educational, interactive day focused on healing your mind, soothing your body and learning to live your best life.

You’ll leave this event with new tools to help you adjust emotionally, spiritually and physically to your new normal as a cancer survivor. This year’s event features a range of topics that will benefit cancer patients still undergoing treatment, cancer patients who have completed treatment, long-term cancer survivors, young adult cancer patients and caregivers.


$20 per registrant. Cost includes breakfast and lunch. Payment must be made at time of registration.

Please note: cancellations after September 8 are not able to be refunded.


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center 
Elm & Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263

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Out-of-town guests and those wishing to stay close to the event may make reservations for a discounted nightly rate of $108 at Wyndham Garden Buffalo Downtown. Reserve your room using the link below to access this special rate. 

Wyndham Garden Buffalo Downtown
125 High St, Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 845-0112



Keynote Speaker

Keynote Address: “A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to Chemo”

About the Speaker: Dan Shapiro, PhD. is a cancer survivor and the Vice Dean for Faculty and Administrative Affairs at the Penn State College of Medicine. He is also the Garner James Kline Professor of Humanities in Medicine. Shapiro has written three books about his own personal experience with cancer. A psychologist, Shapiro trained at the University of Florida and Harvard Medical School. He has a long-standing interest in how systems can be improved to make care and caregiving more humane. His writings about the patient experience and physician-patient relationships have appeared or been featured in The New York Times, The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Academic Medicine, Proceedings of the National Academies of Science and NPR’s All Things Considered.


7:30 – 9 a.m. Registration and Grab & Go Breakfast

8 – 8:45 a.m. Optional Outdoor Yoga

9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome Remarks

9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Keynote Address

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Q&A Panel

11:15 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch

12:30 – 4:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions (with a refreshment break from 2:15-2:45)

4:45 – 5:15 p.m. Networking

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Breakout Sessions

During registration, you will have the opportunity to select 4 breakout sessions to attend. The session options include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Caregiver Networking Session
  • Chair Yoga
  • Drumming
  • Fad Diets and Food Myths: How to Determine Fact from Fiction
  • Feeling Beautiful After Cancer
  • Laughter Yoga
  • Managing Financial Stress
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Mindfulness Meditation
  • Patient Networking Session
  • Post-Treatment Physical Conditioning
  • Recipes Revamped: Healthy Substitutes for Your Homemade Favorites
  • Reiki
  • Release Your Creativity: Abstract Painting Workshop
  • Sexuality & Intimacy
  • Spirituality
  • Young Adult Cancer Experience (ages 18-39)

Hear what attendees have had to say after attending previous Chapter 2 Workshops:

"It was empowering to see and interact with so many survivors. Very practical sessions and information presented throughout the day."
"It is a great retreat day away from everyday stresses."
"I didn’t want to attend but was bullied into it by my family. I didn’t want to 'live the cancer lifestyle.'  I want to stay away from all things cancer and get on with living. However I’m glad I went, the speakers and staff were excellent, caring and helpful. It was good to see their dedication to us outside of the consulting room and I realized just how much I didn’t know just by being around such a mixed group of survivors. I was particularly struck by seeing so many young people with survivor tags. I’ll definitely sign up for my dose of reality next year. Thank you."
"This was my first workshop. I loved it and I hope to come back next year and also take advantage of the various resources Roswell has such as acupuncture and yoga and meditation. It was nice connecting with other people who went through cancer."