Events and Accomplishments

“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.” ~ James Allen

June 2016:

  • Training session created and provided at the C17 Annual General Meeting  on the topic of "Advocacy" (Antonia Palmer).


May 2016:

  • Ac2orn involved in the planning for the 2016 September pediatric cancer awareness month.
  • Presentation at a CIHR Scientific Council Meeting on Epigenetics (Patrick Sullivan).
  • Patrick Sullivan was a co-author on a GA4GH Data Sharing paper published in Nature Medicine.

April 2016:

  • Presentation to the McMaster Children’s Hospital pediatric oncology team about Ac2orn (Antonia Palmer).
  • Training session provided by Jane Perlmutter to Ac2orn.
  • Two new members joined Ac2orn.
  • Patrick Sullivan joined the Executive Planning Committee for the Cancer Research Conference to be held in BC in November 2017.
  • Presentation to all of the residents at BC Children’s Hospital on how better to effectively engage with patients and families (Patrick Sullivan).


February 2016:

  • Presentation about Ac2orn to the annual SickKids Oncology Update meeting (Antonia Palmer).
  • Patrick Sullivan chaired a panel that presented on the role of patient advocacy at the Terry Fox Research Institute Research Day for the Pacific Node of Terry Fox Research Institute (TFRI).


January 2016:

  • Presentation to the Western Canadian Pediatric Researchers Conference (Patrick Sullivan).
  • Presentation of a poster at Stand Up to Cancer Scientific Meeting on the role of advocacy in the scientific process (Patrick Sullivan).
  • Became involved with the Mobilizing Opportunities to Systematically Address Issues Impacting Caregivers of Children (MOSAIICC) project with the Canadian Cancer Action Network (CCAN) (Antonia Palmer and Chris Collins).
  • Patrick Sullivan joined the Board of Directors of Childhood Cancer Canada.


December 2015:

  • Patrick Sullivan joined the Board of Directors of the Coast to Coast Against Childhood Cancer Foundation.


November 2015:

  • Presentation with C17 at the Canadian Cancer Research Alliance (CCRA) meeting (Patrick Sullivan).
  • Presentation at the Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Network (3CTN) Annual Meeting (Patrick Sullivan and Antonia Palmer).
  • Presentation at St. Justine on Ac2orn (Patrick Sullivan).
  • Ac2orn helped to author a response to pCODR on Health Technology Assessment with Dr. Avi Denberg (Antonia Palmer and Patrick Sullivan).

September 2015:

  • Ac2orn was a member of the Big Book of Care campaign which was an alliance of 17 different cancer charities and groups across Canada.
  • The first Order of the Oak was presented to Terry Fox and the Fox family.