Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant

Open Forum Educational Sessions

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If you have a suggestion for topic we could address in an upcoming session, let us know.


Kathryn Murphy

Patient Family Liaison

(608) 890-8312

Father and SonThe Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Department would like all parents to know that we value your input and feedback. We encourage parents and our patients over 18 to consider attending our "Open Forum" Educational Sessions.

These sessions are an opportunity for you to meet other parents, advise hospital staff on issues of importance in the care of your children and be a part of essential feedback and discussion. All sessions will be held at the American Family Children’s Hospital and include a light dinner, presentation and a question/answer session.

Some parents come to all sessions; some come to only a few. Regardless of how many sessions you can come to, we encourage you to sign up to stay in contact and be a part of the sessions - as little or as much as you can.

Upcoming Sessions

  • December 16, 2014: The Stand Up to Cancer - St. Baldrick's Foundation and Pediatric Cancer Dream Team: Progress, Plans and UW's Role, with Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, Walker Professor and Division Head. RSVP for the session
  • January 27, 2015: Using Social Media to Stay Current on Cancer Discoveries with Dr. Christian Capatini and Jennifer Walker, UW Health social media program manager. RSVP for the session
  • February 24, 2015: Resources and Programming at Gilda's Club with Kirsten Norstelin, program director of Gilda's Club. RSVP for the session
  • March 24, 2015: Badger Childhood Cancer Network - programs and resources for patients and families with cancer and blood disorders. RSVP for the session
  • April 28, 2015: Going to Camp - a panel discussion about going to summer camp with representatives from Wisconsin and Illinois camps, moderated by Kathryn Murphy, patient family liaison. RSVP for the session
  • May 26, 2015: Genetics and Cancer with Amy Stettner. RSVP for the session

For questions, or to RSVP for a session, contact:

Kathryn Murphy
Patient Family Liaison
(608) 890-8312

A light dinner will be served. Registration is strongly encouraged as it helps us determine dinner accommodations, but is not required. 

Learning Opportunities

At "Open Forum" sessions, we often invite speakers to discuss topics relevant to our parent community.

Topics from recent meetings include:

Why Learning to Forgive is Important to Your Health

Integrative Medicine and Pediatric Cancer Care

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Parents of Children with Cancer

The Challenges of Parenting When Children Are Ill

Video: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - A Common Response to Childhood Cancer Video: How Can I Discipline My Child Who is Already Suffering? | Powerpoint Slides from Dr. Farrell's Presentation