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Cancer Survivors Retreat 2020

Date and Time:
October 03, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The event is virtual. Login details to follow.


About this event

Recover and Thrive: Living Well After Cancer

After a cancer diagnosis it can be difficult to know how to move forward with your life. Carle Cancer Center invites you, your family and friends to join experts and other survivors for a day of interactive learning.

Due to COVID-19, this year’s retreat will be held virtually. Details for login will be provided closer to the event date.

Virtual session topics include:

  • Nutrition
  • Advocacy
  • Spirituality
  • Panel discussion
  • Keynote speaker

List of Presenters in order of presentations

Tammie Heiser
Tammie Heiser MS, RD, LDN, CNSC has been a Registered Dietitian since 1992. She has two grown children and works full time as the Oncology Dietitian at the Carle Cancer Center in Urbana. She holds a Nutrition Support Clinician Certification which allows her to be proficient in teaching and following patients who require alternate nutrition such as Tube Feeding or TPN (IV Nutrition). Tammie also provides Nutrition Counseling and Medical Nutrition Therapy to Cancer patients and Survivors. She helps patients manage their Cancer treatment related symptoms that prevent adequate nutritional intake.

Sue Stewart
Sue is a retiree from the University of Illinois. Her focus was adult learning and organizational consulting. Sue joined CRAG as a founding member and has used her background to assist CRAG in creating a vision, mission statement, goals, and values as well as marketing images to build awareness.

Sue is a 5-year ovarian cancer survivor which makes her interest in CRAG deeply personal. Her desire is to support cancer patients as they go through treatment into survivorship. Sharing her experiences with researchers is her way to give back to those that assisted in her journey.

Steve Oswalt
Steve Oswalt is staff chaplain at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL, where his assignments include oncology, cardio/vascular, and cardiac intensive care. Steve completed his clinical training for healthcare chaplaincy with the Cleveland Clinic system and with a year-long residency at the VA Hospital in Cleveland. Before that, he served for 30 years in congregational ministry as a Baptist pastor. Academically, Steve has earned Doctor of Education, Doctor of Ministry, and Master of Divinity degrees and has taught in the School of Education at Boise State University.

Rev. Philip McGarvey
Rev. Philip McGarvey has served as chaplain at Carle Foundation Hospital for over 17 years. He is the manager of the Pastoral Care department for 11 years. He is a Board Certified Chaplain. He has clincical training from BroMenn in Bloomington/Normal.

Faith Roberts Faith Roberts MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Faith Roberts is the Director of Magnet, Professional Practice and Faith Community Nursing for Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Physician Group in Urbana Illinois, Faith has been a nurse for more than 40 years. Her unique ability to blend theory and reality make her presentations truly powerful and enjoyable. Faith's gift of storytelling captivates her audience to both the drama and humor found in professional practice. She has published articles and chapters on many topics including communication, spirituality, prayer and presence. She has spoken numerous times at all three Mayo clinics and has given over 2,800 presentations on the state, national and international level.

Maria Grosse Perdekamp, MD
Dr. Grosse Perdekamp is a Medical Oncologist and Hematologist at Carle Cancer Center. After medical school in Germany, she completed Internal Medicine training at Yale, New Haven, followed by fellowship training in Medical Oncology/Hematology in Stony Brook, New York. She has joined the Carle Cancer Center in 2012. Her special interests are Breast Cancer and GYN malignancies. She is engaged in many outreach events and leads the organizing team for the survivor retreat.

This event is free and open to all cancer survivors regardless of where you received treatment.


Time Agenda Item Speaker

8:00 - 8:15


Maria Grosse Perdekamp




8:15 - 8:45

Nutrition: Maximizing Immunity through the Mediterranean diet guidelines

Tammie Heiser

8:50 - 9:20

Survivorship: What happens next?

Sue Stewart
Cancer Research Advocacy Group,
University of Illinois

9:25 - 9:55

Multidisciplinary Team Podium Discussion

Panel of cancer survivorship experts

10:00 - 10:30

Finding Hope: Chaplain Spiritual Care of Cancer Patients&Survivors

Steve Oswalt & Rev. Philip McGarvey
Chaplains at Carle Foundation Hospital

10:30 - 10:45

Intermission: Music

University High School, Urbana
Voice and Piano

10:45 - 11:45

Keynote Presentation: “Life Done Right”

Faith Roberts
Director of Magnet, Professional Practice and Faith Community Nursing

11:45 - 12:00

Survivor Ceremony
Closing Remarks

Tracy Sharp &
Maria Grosse Perdekamp

Event Registration