Message from the Chair: Times – and People – Like These

The pandemic has been extraordinarily disruptive, we all know. But if this 2018 study is correct – that in times of turmoil we tend to reveal our true selves – then I’m happy to report that planners of the NACCDO-PAMN Annual Meeting are some of the smartest, most caring people I know.

Together, we made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 NACCDO-PAMN Annual Conference. We know it was the right choice for the safety of everyone involved. We also know that what can be stated in a few words took hours of exploring every imaginable option to arrive at.

From fellow PAMN Steering Committee members to our counterparts at the National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers (NACCDO) to conference planners Leslie Dietz and Kevin Farrell, of DFI Events, to our members and meeting sponsors and hosts, this group of people has worked tirelessly and effectively to keep our volunteer-run nonprofits in the best shape possible during this unprecedented time.

It also takes the support of our next three conference hosts, who have our deepest gratitude: Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, which now will be our 2021 host, and The University of Kansas Cancer Center and Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, which will host us in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

In the meantime, PAMN will be announcing expanded webinar content for the continued professional development and networking of our members.

Based on what I’ve seen from these institutions and people these past two months, it’s no wonder why they’ve committed their careers to supporting the care of others. The same goes for all of our members, who have been working tirelessly, too.

We thank you for your patience as PAMN and NACCDO determined the right course of action, and we look forward to seeing you again in person May 10-14, 2021, at Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, Canada.


Stay safe, be well.

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