President Andrea Wilson attends ASCO GI Symposium
19 – 21 January 2017
President Andrea Wilson attended the ASCO GI Symposium at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The symposium was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the latest research and treatments for primary liver cancer. Andrea connected with fellow patient advocates and organizations who exhibited at the symposium as well as met with potential funders and future partners. Andrea thanks the Conquer Cancer Foundation for giving her a Patient Advocate Scholarship to attend ASCO GI.
President Andrea Wilson attends NCCN’s Patient Advocacy Summit
9 December 2016
President Andrea Wilson attended the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s (NCCN) Patient Advocacy Summit at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The focus was on Value Tools for Patients in Cancer Care. The summit provided an opportunity for a varied group of stakeholders including patients, patient advocacy organizations, providers, payers, industry and government to discuss the current value tools in cancer care available for patients. As president and founder of Blue Faery and a fierce advocate for liver cancer patients, Andrea received a scholarship to attend the summit.
11 – 15 November 2016
President Andrea Wilson and Volunteer Elizabeth Marquez attended AASLD’s annual Liver Meeting in Boston from November 11 – 15. Blue Faery was one of many booths in ‘Nonprofit Row’ just outside the Exhibition Hall. With lots of foot traffic and liver cancer specialists at the meeting, Blue Faery’s HCC Patient Education brochures were a big hit along with our Blue Faery water bottles and Sharpies. Andrea attended a few oral sessions, but she spent most of her time with Elizabeth at the booth, meeting doctors from around the world who are trying to prevent, treat and cure liver cancer and other liver diseases. Due to overwhelming demand at the Liver Meeting, Blue Faery’s website now translates into Urdu, the most common language spoken in Pakistan.
7 September 2016
President Andrea Wilson joined 36 other women in a groundbreaking conference titled Women in High Places: Leading the Global Challenge of Hepatitis and Liver Cancer Control. The conference took place at the Barclay Intercontinental Hotel in New York City, where female leaders from around the world met to discuss the challenges of viral hepatitis and liver cancer. The women examined the issues from national, institutional, patient, and community perspectives. The conference was by invitation only, and Ms. Wilson was thrilled to be connected to other women who share her passion and dedication to eradicate liver cancer.
8 June 2016
President Andrea Wilson and new Volunteer Elizabeth Marquez attended ASCO’s annual meeting in Chicago from June 3 – 7. Blue Faery was honored to receive an ASCO-sponsored patient advocacy booth, which saves nonprofits hundreds of dollars in exhibit costs. During the conference, Andrea attended many education, poster and oral abstract sessions that focused on Hepatocellular Caricinoma, professional development (e.g., grant writing) and patient & survivor care. As part of her ASCO experience, Andrea participated in Research Advocacy Network’s Focus on Research Scholar program where she met many other patient advocates. On behalf of Blue Faery’s Board, Andrea thanks first-time volunteer Elizabeth, who did a fantastic job of running Blue Faery’s booth, explaining our mission, promoting our activities and engaging conference participants.
19 April 2016
President Andrea Wilson was invited by the American Liver Foundation (ALF) to attend their Advocacy Hill Day in DC. National Director of Programs Jonathan Martin stated, “We have many other conditions represented (Hep C, PBC, PSC, Biliary Atresia, NAFLD) but I would very much like to have a passionate advocate for liver cancer, and you were the first person that came to mind.” As part of their invitation, ALF sponsored Ms. Wilson’s travel expenses.
14 April 2016
In mid-April, President Andrea Wilson had the opportunity to attend NCI’s Patient Advocate Steering Committee (PASC) meeting in Bethesda, Maryland, on the NIH campus. She met many cancer survivors including Jim Stapleton, a squamous cell carcinoma cancer survivor and long-time cancer patient advocate.
23 October 2015
In partnership with the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), Blue Faery participated in a free webinar for physicians and patients titled Treating Liver Cancer With Radioembolization. Blue Faery thanks SNMMI for the opportunity to collaborate and for the honorarium toward liver cancer research.
3 June 2015
In partnership with Liver Cancer Connect, a dedicated program of the Hepatitis B Foundation, Blue Faery participated in a free Liver Cancer Webinar series to educate patients about treatment, clinical trials and support services. President Andrea Wilson served as a panelist on the Support Services webinar.
Blue Faery thanks Liver Cancer Connect for this incredible opportunity to reach out to patients and their families.
29 May – 2 June 2015
President Andrea Wilson was thrilled to receive a Patient Advocate Scholarship from the Conquer Cancer Foundation to attend the ASCO conference in Chicago. Ms. Wilson learned about the latest advances in HCC research, networked with fellow advocates and patient advocacy organizations, and initiated professional relationships with healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies focused on treating and curing liver cancer.
10 – 14 May 2015
President Andrea Wilson received a scholarship to attend the Advocates Unite! Conference, a three-day training in Washington, DC, focusing on viral hepatitis policy at the state and federal levels. The conference was sponsored by Caring Ambassadors.
Additionally, she joined other Liver Cancer Roundtable members for a meeting about the Liver Cancer Action Plan on Thursday, May 14 and participated in the Global Liver Institute’s Reimagine Liver Cancer Blue Sky Day on Wednesday, May 20.
President Andrea Wilson (first row) pictured with other advocates on the steps of the Capitol.
9 – 10 March 2015
President Andrea Wilson received a scholarship to attend Hepatitis on the Hill, an event hosted by the Hepatitis Appropriations Partnership (HAP), Hep B United (HBU) and National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR). The National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) provided administrative and logistical support. Hepatitis on the Hill, a constituent-based advocacy event to address the public health challenges of viral hepatitis, included 75 advocates from across the nation.
11 – 12 November 2014
Blue Faery participated in the second annual Liver Cancer Roundtable. Held in Boston this year and organized by the Caring Ambassadors Program, the Liver Cancer Roundtable brought together leading experts including hepatologists, transplant surgeons and oncologists; government employees from CDC and HHS; pharmaceutical company representatives; and charities in order to revise the liver cancer action plan. This year, Blue Faery President Andrea Wilson was the Co-Chair of the Awareness working group.
Watch Blue Faery Board Member Marina Uchenik in the opening shot of the Dare Me For Charity Season 1 trailer. A long-time volunteer of Blue Faery and board member since the age of 18, Marina’s life changed forever when her best friend Adrienne Wilson was diagnosed with primary liver cancer. Marina and Adrienne met in sixth grade at Luther Burbank Middle School; they remained friends even after Marina moved to another school district.
13 September 2014
Sponsored by Caring Ambassadors, President Andrea Wilson visited Chicago to record Adrienne Wilson’s story at StoryCorps, one of the largest oral history projects of its kind. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews from more than 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to StoryCorps’weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on StoryCorps’ Listen Page.
28 June 2014
Blue Faery’s five-person team jumped off a 20-foot platform to participate in the new television show Dare Me For Charity. The team consisted of board members and two new volunteers. Blue Faery hoped to raise public awareness about our mission and Adrienne’s story by appearing on the show.Volunteer Todd Overton, Board Member Marina Uchenik, Volunteer Richie Metcalfe, President Andrea Wilson, Board Member Corey Woods, and Treasurer/Board Member Monique Beatty stand in front of the jumping platform.
3 – 5 June 2014
Once again, President and Founder Andrea Wilson joined Caring Ambassadors Executive Director Lorren Sandt on Capitol Hill to lobby for the Viral Hepatitis Testing Act. This bill would change the Public Health Service Act “to revise and extend the program for viral hepatitis surveillance, education and testing in order to prevent deaths from chronic liver diseases and liver cancer.” The passage of this bill would ensure all Baby Boomers would be tested for Hepatitis C, a recommendation made by the CDC more than a year ago in order to stop the rise of liver cancer in the United States.
28 January 2014
President and Founder Andrea Wilson joined Caring Ambassadors Executive Director Lorren Sandt on Capitol Hill to lobby for the Viral Hepatitis Testing Act. This bill would change the Public Health Service Act “to revise and extend the program for viral hepatitis surveillance, education and testing in order to prevent deaths from chronic liver diseases and live cancer. The passage of this bill would ensure that all Baby Boomers would be tested for Hepatitis C, a recommendation made by the CDC more than a year ago in order to stop the rise of liver cancer in the United States.
5 – 6 November 2013
Blue Faery participated in the Liver Cancer Roundtable — the first ever national discussion about liver cancer. Organized by the Caring Ambassadors Program, the Liver Cancer Roundtable brought together leading experts including hepatologists, transplant surgeons and oncologists; government employees from CDC, NIH and HHS; pharmaceutical company representatives; and charities in order to create a liver cancer action plan. As the only nonprofit in the United States solely devoted to fighting liver cancer, Blue Faery was invited to give our perspective about the disease.
19 – 21 January 2012
Blue Faery exhibited at ASCO’s annual GI conference in San Francisco. The meeting was designed to create a dialogue among oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists and other members of the cancer care community, especially those who treat gastrointestinal cancers.
Treasurer Monique Beatty shows off the Spirit magazine that features an article about Burbank and mentions Blue Faery.
31 October – 4 November 2008
Blue Faery hosted a booth at the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease’s annual Liver Meeting. With over 80 exhibitors and 8,000 attendees, Blue Faery had the opportunity to meet numerous doctors and healthcare professionals from around the world. Due to the conference’s convenient location at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, three board members were able to attend and to represent Blue Faery at this international event.