Support Squad Webinar Series: Part 3

Why are cancer conversations so hard?

July 21, 2021 at 5-6:30 pm PT via Zoom

Asking for and offering support after a cancer diagnosis should not be complicated, but it is. Good communication is a two-way street and is key to every aspect of the cancer experience, the quality of our connections, and ultimately our experience as a survivor or supporter.

In Part 3 of our Support Squad Webinar Series, special guests Colter Ray and Dr. Juli Fraga from Empathy Bootcamp and Brendan McDonald from Uncomfortable Revolution will give attendees an overview of communication challenges and offer some tips and techniques to navigate the interactions so that AYAs can stay connected and provide meaningful support consistent with patient needs.


Why are cancer conversations so hard?

Check out our amazing panel...

  • Colter Ray, PhD

    Colter Ray, PhD

    Colter is a Master Trainer with Empathy Bootcamp. He is also a professor of communication studies and will be joining the faculty at Louisiana State University this fall. Colter's research focuses on improving how people support each other following a cancer diagnosis. A researcher and a training expert, Colter has worked to change how people connect with others in times of suffering.
  • Dr. Juli Fraga

    Dr. Juli Fraga

    Psychologist Dr. Juli Fraga is an assistant clinical professor at the University of California, San Francisco, writer, and empathy trainer for Empathy Bootcamp. Her empathy stories have appeared in SELF, The Washington Post, NPR, and Yahoo. For Empathy Bootcamp, Dr. Fraga teaches empathy enthusiasts how insight can build empathy and how our relationship styles can influence our empathic responses.
  • Brendan McDonald

    Brendan McDonald

    Brendan is the Co-Founder and COO of Uncomfortable Revolution. He lives with leukemia and peripheral neuropathy. Brendan is passionate about harnessing empathy and building communities in support of inclusivity, human rights, and social justice. He is a Twitter geek and humanitarian who’s lived and worked in Kosovo, North Korea, Sri Lanka, Libya, Jordan, and Iraq.

Moderated by Jordann Phillips

Jordann will be moderating this conversation. A passionate storyteller and change agent, Jordann is a community activist and communications professional that works to convey complex messages to key audiences. Not so complex is her dedication to supporting young adults with cancer through her role as co-founder and board chair of the b-present Foundation.

Moderated by Jordann Phillips

The Purpose

The first time an adolescent or young adult (AYA) hears the news that their friend or loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, they may be at a loss for what this means, and more importantly, how they can be supportive during this difficult time. Young adults ages 15-35, in particular, are at a unique time in their life, and this news can hit especially hard as they put their life on hold. Receiving support from friends is vital to their quality of life and health outcomes, and they need to feel connected and supported every step of the way. But this can be a challenge for friends who may not have the experience of knowing what to do, say, or how to help.

This Support Squad Webinar Series covers a different topic every month and focuses on providing the information and resources supporters need to be present and stay connected for their loved ones throughout treatment and beyond.


Who should attend?

Webinars are free and open to the general public. Topics will focus on the unique challenges the adolescent and young adult population faces and the information needed to be a good supporter.

Although these webinars are focused on the support network, they will include perspectives from patients, survivors, health professionals, researchers, and adolescent and young adult advocates. We will all be called on for support at some point in our lives. We are stronger together when we learn from each other, so please join us.


Upcoming Webinars

Webinars will be held on the third Wednesday of each month and will start at 5 pm Pacific Time. Each webinar is 90 minutes and includes panel discussion as well as ample time for questions.   Click on the links below to learn more about our upcoming webinar topics and register today!


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