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One Voice Against Cancer Grassroots Training
By Greg Brozeit

The 2nd Annual One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) Grassroots Training Meeting will be held in Covington, Kentucky (suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio) at the Marriott Hotel at River Center on Nov. 8-9, 2002.

You can register online. The registration website has a tentative schedule and information on reserving a hotel room should you need one.

A registration fee of $15 will be charged to those registering by October 22nd. The IMF will reimburse myeloma advocates their registration fees. The host hotel, where training events will take place, will only guarantee sleeping rooms through October 22 so it is recommended that you register by this date. Beginning October 23, a late registration fee of $30 will be charged through the end of registration, November 1. Hotel rooms are $99 a night.

The OVAC meeting is an opportunity to learn how to become effective spokespersons to support federal funding cancer research. Training sessions will include discussions about the federal appropriations process, descriptions of the agencies involved in cancer research, detailed presentations on how advocates can be more effective by working together, and tips on how to develop relationships with your congressional offices.

This is a great opportunity for advocates in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, southern Michigan, eastern Illinois, northern Tennessee, and Virginia to meet other advocates and develop working collaborations. For those from other states who want to fly to the meeting, the nearest airport is the Cincinnati International Airport (CVG).

The meeting is open and free of charge to all myeloma and cancer advocates. Attendees will only be responsible for their lodging. The Marriott at River Center is offering rooms for $99 per night. The meeting is scheduled to begin with a dinner and reception on Friday evening, Nov. 8 and a full day sessions on Saturday, Nov. 9.

If you have any questions, please contact Greg Brozeit at greg.brozeit@worldnet.att.net.

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