Stomach Cancer Patient Empowerment Summit in Washington, DC | May 5-7, 2024

Join us for our 2nd Stomach Cancer Patient Empowerment Summit and 1st Gastric Cancer Advocacy on Capitol Hill Day

2nd Patient Empowerment Summit: Your Story Matters

Date and Time: May 5, 2024 at 12 noon to May 6, 2024 ending at 4pm
Venue: 2401 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, United States

Conference Venue: Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Conference and Event Center

Meals Included with Free Registration

Prevention and Early Detection plus Capitol Hill Advocacy Training Reception

Date and Time: May 6, 2024 at 5pm
Conference Venue: Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Conference and Event Center

Dinner included with Free Registration

Gastric Cancer Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

Date: May 7, 2024
Location: Meet at Hyatt hotel at 8:15am or Capitol Building at 8:30am

Washington, DC

Gastric Cancer Forum Presented by the Stomach Cancer Task Force

Date: May 8, 2024
Location: Exact Building Location and time TBD 


Book Your Hotel Here

Our Headquarter Hotel and Conference Center:

Conference Venue: Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Conference and Event Center 

Discounted blocked hotel reservation options are until April 4, 2024.


  • Online link:  Hope for Stomach Cancer 

  • Enter Arrival Date, Departure Date, # of Adult, # of Children

  • Group code is G-HSC1

  •  Dates must be within the Contracted Dates May 4 – 7, 2024. Please know that outside these dates the rooms and rates are not available. 

  •    Reservations can also be made via phone at 888-591-1234 through our central reservation desk, which they will require the group code, group name, arrival and departure dates.

Your room block  Hope for Stomach Cancer appears and from there your guests can proceed to make their reservation

What To Expect At The Empowerment Summit

Expert Speakers: Engage with leading medical experts, renowned researchers, and inspirational speakers who will share cutting-edge information and empowering stories.

Interactive Workshops: Participate in hands-on workshops that provide practical tools and strategies for navigating the challenges associated with stomach cancer.

Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow attendees, patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, fostering a network of support that extends beyond the summit.

Your Role At The Patient Empowerment Summit

Your presence is a valuable addition to our community. We encourage you to actively engage in the sessions, ask questions, and share your experiences if you feel comfortable doing so. Your insights can be a source of inspiration and support for others.

Together, we are stronger, and together, we can turn hope into healing. This summit is a reflection of our commitment to empowering individuals facing stomach cancer with knowledge, support, and hope.

There is no charge to attend this weekend’s summit. However, attendees are responsible for their own travel and hotel accommodations. We have a hotel block and we are offering the Healing Journey Challenge to help subsidize these costs available until Apr 4, 2024

Note: The 2nd Patient Empowerment Summit is an in-person conference that is interactive. Some sessions will be recorded, edited, and released at a later day for on-demand viewing.  Additionally, we will be offering a Livestream for a portion of our conference on 5/6/2024 for those unable to travel. The agenda and details will be released on a different date

Optional - Fundraise For Financial Aid Here

Join the Healing Journey Challenge!: Create your own fundraising page to help with your Hotel and/or Transportation costs to the 3-Day Patient Empowerment Summit! Peer-to-peer fundraising offers a unique opportunity for individuals to rally their communities for a collective cause.

By joining the Healing Journey Challenge, you’re not merely fundraising; you’re forging a community of warriors, champions, and supporters, all striving to ensure that stomach cancer patients have the necessary resources for their treatments.

Please note: The 3-Day Patient Empowerment Summit is free (yes, including meals) to all those facing stomach cancer except travel and lodging. This Challenge will help with your expenses.

Challenge Incentives:

  • Raise $600 by April 4: You will be eligible for one hotel room for 2-nights. **Double Occupancy Okay**
  • Raise $1000 by April 4: You will be eligible for round-trip US transportation for one person and one hotel room for two nights for the 2024 Patient Empowerment Summit in DC—a unique three-day summit that educates, empowers, and creates a community of support for people affected by stomach cancer.
  • Raise $1500 by April 4: You’ll be eligible to bring a family member/caregiver to the summit with you ( round-trip US travel for two plus a shared hotel room for 2 nights ).

Hope for Stomach Cancer will use any funds raised in excess of the amount needed to secure your place at the Patient Empowerment Summit or if you do not meet your goal to continue to fund our mission.

Our Mission: Hope for Stomach Cancer stands as a beacon of hope, providing critical educational resources and unwavering support to both patients and caregivers confronting the challenges of stomach cancer. Our mission is not just about imparting knowledge; it’s about championing the spirit of those embarking on this journey and ensuring they never walk alone.

How the Challenge Works:

  1. Embark on Your Healing Journey: Set up a personalized fundraising page, sharing your connection to the cause and why supporting stomach cancer patients is crucial to you.
  2. Rally Your Troops: Share your fundraising journey with friends, family, and colleagues. Let them join you in making a difference.
  3. Celebrate Every Milestone: As donations pour in, celebrate the difference you’re making, one step at a time.

You Have the Power to Transform Lives: Each dollar raised, every story shared, contributes to a world where no stomach cancer patient has to share this journey alone. By participating in the Healing Journey Challenge, you’re not just raising funds – you’re uplifting spirits, fostering hope, and championing a brighter future for countless individuals.

Ready to Take the Challenge? Join us in turning hope into action. Begin your Healing Journey today and be the change you wish to see in the world of stomach cancer care. There are three ways to create a fundraiser.

1) Create a Facebook Fundraiser to benefit Hope for Stomach Cancer HERE

2) Create an Instagram Fundraiser to benefit Hope for Stomach Cancer.

3) Email d[email protected] to get your fundraiser set up today.

FAQs for the Patient Empowerment Summit

Q: What is the primary objective of the Stomach Cancer Patient Empowerment Summit?

A: The summit aims to provide patients and caregivers a platform where they can find solace, education, and awareness about stomach cancer, as well as connect with top-notch resources and a supportive community. With the theme “Your Story Matters” for 2024, we hope to emphasize the importance of collective strength and support for those affected by a stomach cancer diagnosis.

Q: What is the primary objective of the Gastric Cancer Advocacy Day? 

A: Gastric Cancer Advocacy Day aims to raise awareness, promote policy changes, and engage policymakers to address the needs of individuals affected by stomach cancer. The primary objective is to advocate for increased awareness, funding, research, and support for those impacted by this disease.

Q: Where and when will the summit be held?

A: The summit will start on May 5 at 12 p.m. and end at 4 p.m. on May 6. Followed by advocacy training on at 5pm on May 6, and an Advocacy Day on May 7.

The hotel will be in HYATT PLACE ARLINGTON/COURTHOUSE PLAZA 2401 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, United States and the summit will be hosted at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Conference and Event Center.

 Q: Is the Summit separate from the Advocacy Day?

A:  Yes. These are separate but we highly encourage you to try both. The theme of both events are Your Story Matters. 

Q: How can I register for the Events?

A: Scroll up and select your registration method from the three optional buttons.  Remember if you are coming for Advocacy Day please tell us your Zip Code to ensure a meeting with your Representative.

 Q: I am a healthcare professional interested in the latest trends in stomach cancer care. Is this summit suitable for me?

A: Absolutely! While our primary focus is on patients and caregivers, healthcare professionals will also gain insights into patient experiences, needs, and the tools and resources they find most beneficial. It’s an excellent opportunity for professionals to understand the patient’s perspective better. We have a separate sign-up page.

 Q: Are there any fees for attending the summit?

A: No, the summit is free. All sessions, workshops, and receptions are free. However, transportation and lodging are not covered. We are committed to making this event accessible, and we have provided the Healing Journey Challenge to help cover additional travel and lodging costs.

 Q: Will there be any financial assistance or discounts for patients and caregivers who wish to attend?

A: We understand the financial challenges that can come with a cancer diagnosis. We have set up the Healing Journey Challenge.

 Q: What can attendees expect from the summit?

A: Attendees can expect a diverse range of sessions and activities, including informative presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and opportunities for networking and sharing experiences. The summit aims to provide valuable insights, foster connections, and inspire attendees in their stomach cancer journey.

 Q: Will there be opportunities for networking during the summit?

A: Yes, the theme “Your Story Matters” underscores the importance of networking and building connections. There will be specific sessions and activities designed to foster interactions among attendees.

 Q: I’m a stomach cancer survivor and want to share my journey. Will there be an opportunity for this during the summit?

A: We cherish and value personal stories of resilience and hope. There will be dedicated sessions where survivors and patients can share their experiences. Please get in touch with [email protected]  to discuss how you can participate.

 Q: How can I become a speaker or presenter at the summit?

A: If you are interested in becoming a speaker or presenter at the summit, please reach out to [email protected]. We welcome individuals with valuable insights and experiences to contribute to our program.

 Q: Will the sessions be recorded for future viewing?

A11: Yes, selected sessions will be recorded and made available for attendees post-summit. This ensures that even if you miss a session, you’ll be able to catch up later. There will be a live stream competent on May 6, 2024. Agenda to follow.

 Q: What COVID-19 safety measures will be in place during the summit?

A: We prioritize the safety and well-being of our attendees. All COVID-19 safety protocols recommended by health authorities at the time of the summit will be strictly implemented. This may include measures like social distancing, mandatory masks, and regular sanitization. We will follow Arlington VA Guidelines.

 Q: How can I stay updated about the summit’s latest announcements?

A: We recommend subscribing to our newsletter or regularly checking our official website. Additionally, you can follow our social media channels for real-time updates and announcements.

 If you have any additional questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team through the contact details provided on the summit website. We look forward to welcoming you to this empowering event.