Tuesday, March 18, 2008

LIVESTRONG Summit - Apply Today!

The LIVESTRONG Summit will bring together delegates from across the country to be inspired, empowered and trained to lead community-centered efforts to help make cancer a national priority. It will take place July 24-27, 2008, at the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio.

Through an application process, the LAF will identify 1,000 current and potential leaders who are willing to champion the cause in their communities. To attend sessions that best suit their interests, delegates must choose one of three concurrent tracks: Grassroots & Advocacy, Grassroots & Elections or Grassroots & Fundraising.

Grassroots and Advocacy
This track will focus on the fundamentals of how to organize people towards a common goal: to make cancer a national priority. Together, we will define grassroots advocacy and its role in effective policy change. Participants will develop the skills necessary to develop grassroots power, mobilize support and influence decision-makers at the local, regional, state and national level.

Grassroots and Elections
This track will explore the role grassroots organizing can play in bringing cancer and cancer-related issues to the forefront of the electoral process. Together, we will highlight the importance of issue-based voting and non-partisan voter engagement. Participants will develop the skills and practice necessary to educate and register voters and get-out-the-vote.

Grassroots and Fundraising
This track will emphasize the importance of community-based fundraising efforts in the fight against cancer. Together, we will explore strategies and tactics for successful event fundraising and individual fundraising. Participants will be exposed to information and practice necessary to organize a variety of fundraising efforts in their communities.

Anyone affected by cancer – from those recently diagnosed through post-treatment, to caregivers, family and friends – is encouraged to apply to attend the LIVESTRONG Summit. Apply today – because once we have identified our 1,000 delegates, the application will close!

The Foundation will offer travel scholarships for delegates in need of financial assistance. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance and scholarship status by May 9