July 21-23, 2019
Washington, DC

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2019 National Advocacy Summit

July 21-23, 2019
Washington Marriott at Metro Center
Washington, DC

*Registration for the 2019 National Advocacy Summit is now CLOSED*

Join us on July 23 for Virtual Advocacy Action Day to strengthen the voice of advocates on Capitol Hill and make an impact from home.

Who should attend?

All patients, survivors, caregivers and loved ones, healthcare professionals and advocates committed to fighting lung cancer will benefit from bonding as a community to ignite change in our national health policy agenda. By attending the National Advocacy Summit, you’ll be joining like-minded people from across the United States who are ready to represent the collective voice of the lung cancer community on Capitol Hill.

Find out who’s coming to DC!

What to Expect

At the Summit, you will connect with other individuals impacted by lung cancer and participate in two days of sharing, learning and personal storytelling. Expect an empowering experience where you will gain:

  • Knowledge—leading scientists and experts will speak about the latest research and treatment advancements and the critical role that collective advocacy plays in moving the needle.
  • Training/Experience—expert-led advocacy training, mock meetings and lots of practice on how to communicate your personal story. Meetings with your state senators and representatives are pre-scheduled so you can focus on making an impact.
  • Community Connections—by connecting and working with others in the lung cancer community you’ll be inspired, motivated and hopeful.

Together we will speak with one voice to our elected officials. You are the change for lung cancer.

Registration Fees

February 14th – March 30th : Early Bird Pricing $50
April 1st – June 23rd: Regular Pricing $75

*Conference registration fees are non-refundable.

Travel Scholarships

**The Travel Scholarship Application is now closed**

Lung Cancer Alliance is able to provide a limited number of travel scholarships to lung cancer patients and survivors. Scholarship applications will be reviewed and granted on a need-basis with geographic location taken into account for fund distribution.

Scholarship recipients are required to stay for the entire Summit (health permitting) and are asked to submit a statement after the Summit telling of their experience.

Scholarships are only available for lung cancer patients and survivors. If you are a caregiver in need of financial assistance, we have fundraising options available to you. To learn more about the scholarship application process and to apply for a travel scholarship, follow the below link to the Travel Scholarship Application.

Summit Challenge

Want the opportunity to fundraise your way to the 2019 National Advocacy Summit? We’ll give you the training you need to raise funds during an online webinar.

Summit Challenge:

  • Raise $1,200 and receive up to $650 travel reimbursed plus up to 2 nights hotel at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center.
  • Raise an additional $500 ($1,700 total) and have the opportunity to bring a friend/loved one (would share a hotel room with you) and receive travel up to $500 for the second person.

During the online webinar, you will learn how to set up your personal fundraising page, share your story effectively, make an ask, say thank you, fundraise through social media and more! You’ll leave the class armed with the tools to raise TONS of money to support your journey to DC.

**The Summit Challenge will close on Sunday, July 7th so all funds must be raised by that date. Please note that $1,200 is the minimum amount that can be raised to receive travel and hotel reimbursement. 


Hotel and Travel Information

The conference will take place at the Washington Marriott Hotel at Metro Center. The Summit hotel room block is now closed. Please reach out to Elizabeth at espangler@go2foundation.org with questions.

Washington Marriott At Metro Center
775 12th Street N.W., Washington, DC 20005

Getting There:

By Plane:

Three airports serve the Washington, D.C. area:

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) is located 4 miles from the Washington Marriott at Metro Center. Taxi fare is approximately $20 each way. Visit DCA airport website.
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is located 27.2 miles from the hotel. Taxi fare is approximately $75 each way. Visit IAD airport website.
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) is located 32.2 miles from the hotel. Taxi fare is approximately $85 each way. Visit BWI airport website.

*Washington Marriott at Metro Center does not provide shuttle service.

By Metro:

The hotel is located a block from the Metro Center metro station. For Metrorail schedules and fares, please visit WMATA or call 202.962.2033.

By Amtrak:

The hotel is located 1.5 miles from Union Station. For train schedules and fares, please visit Amtrak or call 800.872.7245.

By Car:

Click here for an interactive map and driving directions to the Washington Marriott at Metro Center Hotel.

Hotel Parking:
Valet Parking: $51/day plus tax.


Monday, July 22, 2019

Washington Marriott Hotel

10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Registration
11:30 a.m. Lunch Buffet
12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Opening Remarks and Video Welcome

Laurie Fenton Ambrose, Co-Founder, President and CEO
GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer.

Bonnie J. Addario, Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board (via video)
GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker

David Carbone, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center

1:15 p.m.-1:35 p.m. Speaker

Karen Kelly, MD, Professor of Medicine, Associate Director for Clinical Research, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center (Medical Oncology)

1:35 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Research Panel

Moderator: Jennifer King, PhD, Senior Director, Science & Research, GO2 Foundation
Panelists:David Carbone, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center; Karen Kelly, MD, Professor of Medicine, Associate Director for Clinical Research, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center (Medical Oncology); Amy Moore, PhD, Director, Science & Research, GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

2:30 p.m. -2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m. GO2 for Action—Making Your Voice Heard (Advocacy Training & State by State Breakout)

Elridge Proctor, MPA, Senior Director, Government Affairs & Public Policy, GO2 Foundation; Lincoln Clapper, Prime Advocacy

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. GO2 Focus Groups—(invitation only)

National Ambassador Council: Nicole Phipps, Director, Community Engagement. GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer
Survivorship: Maureen Rigney, LICSW, Director, Support Initiatives GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Reception & Award Presentations

  • The 2019 Volunteer Leadership & Advocacy Award
    Bill Schrul, New Jersey Lung Cancer Advocate
  • The 2019 Inaugural Rays of Hope Award
    Jeff Julian, Survivor and California Lung Cancer Advocate
  • The 10th National Lung Cancer Support Group Facilitator Award
    Pam Billings, Survivor and Oklahoma Lung Cancer Support Leader
    Ginny Hicks, Survivor and Oregon Lung Cancer Support Group Leader
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Capitol Hill

7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. Buffet Breakfast at Hotel
8:15 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Board Bus to Capitol Hill
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Congressional Lung Cancer Caucus Briefing
Room 2043-2044 Rayburn House Office BuildingA Women’s Health Imperative,” highlighting the Women and Lung Cancer Research and Preventive Services Act of 2019.
Moderator: Laurie Fenton Ambrose, Co-Founder, President and CEO, GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer.
Panelists: Shelly Engfer-Triebenbach, Lung Cancer Patient Activist;
Barbara J. Gitlitz, MD, Medical Director, Genentech, and Voluntary Faculty, University of Southern California; Claudia Henschke, MD, PhD, Clinical Professor of Radiology, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai (Radiology)
10:20-10:30 a.m. 2019 Michael G. Oxley Leadership & Advocacy Award

The Honorable Debbie Dingell (D-12-MI), United States House of Representatives

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Advocacy Meetings on Capitol Hill
10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Camp Room for resting. Water will be provided.
121 Cannon House Office Building
5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Buses return to Marriott Hotel
6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. Summit Closing Dinner


Thank you to our 2019 National Advocacy Summit Sponsors!