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Young Survival Coalition Symposium on June 4th

by Jaci Fletcher, YSC Senior Communications Manager on May 25, 2016

May 25, 2016
Jaci Fletcher, Senior Communications Manager
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Young Women Facing Breast Cancer and Their Co-Survivors Will Convene In Minneapolis, Minnesota

New York, New York, (May 25, 2016) — More than 250,000 women living in the U.S. today were diagnosed with breast cancer before their 41st birthday. Approximately 13,000 young women will be diagnosed this year alone. Young Survival Coalition (YSC), the premier organization dedicated to young women affected by breast cancer, is bringing them together for the YSC Regional Symposium on Saturday, June 4, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minn.

This first YSC Regional Symposium in the Midwest will offer young women facing breast cancer the opportunity to focus on the individual pursuit of resiliency and survivorship after a breast cancer diagnosis. Attendees will learn from empowering and inspirational speakers while connecting with a community of young survivors and co-survivors in the area.

Registration is currently open on the event website (see below). This one-day conference will feature sessions on relationships and intimacy, resilience, and finances and insurance, as well as special breakouts just for co-survivors – such as spouses, partners, family and friends. Another key component is the opportunity to network with a community of other young survivors and co-survivors in the area. An evening party will include a celebratory dinner and dancing.

“The YSC Regional Symposium provides an incredible opportunity for connecting and learning in a fun environment. For some, it is the first time they have met another young survivor in person,” remarked Jennifer Merschdorf, Chief Executive Officer of Young Survival Coalition, herself diagnosed at age 36. “Young women affected by breast cancer and their co-survivors leave feeling empowered and connected to this incredible community of people who can relate to each other.”

Carissa Vincent, YSC State Leader volunteer and two-year survivor diagnosed at age 39 added, “I am so excited for this Symposium to come to my home state! As an attendee of past YSC conferences across the country, I know it will be a day filled with excellent resources and support for young women here in the Midwest. It is so important for young survivors to connect and support one another, and this is a great opportunity to do just that!”

Registration details available at

Date: June 4, 2016

Time: 9:15 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Millennium Hotel in Minneapolis
1313 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Registration Fee: $35 per person online through 5/30. Onsite registration is $45. Please note that space is limited. One night’s hotel stay is available on a limited basis for those who need financial assistance and live at least 25 miles outside of the Twin Cities area. Please reach out to us if you would need this or if you would like to help provide housing funding for other women who require financial assistance.

For complete registration and accommodation details, as well as a schedule of workshops and speakers, please visit or call 877.972.1011.

This conference is generously supported by presenting sponsors Amgen, Avon Foundation for Women, Celgene, Eisai, Genentech and Susan G. Komen.

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About Young Survival Coalition (YSC)®

Established in 1998, Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier organization dedicated to young women with breast cancer. Founded by three young survivors, YSC began as a grassroots organization to advocate on behalf of all young women diagnosed with breast cancer to increase their length and quality of life. Based in New York City, with networks nationwide, YSC provides free resources, connections and educational materials so young women with breast cancer feel supported, empowered and hopeful. YSC seeks to educate and influence the medical, research and legislative communities to address breast cancer in young women, and to ensure that no young woman faces breast cancer alone. For more information, visit