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Summit-Save-the-Date.jpgThe Iowa Cancer Summit

The 2018 Iowa Cancer Summit will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny, Iowa, on September 24-25. The Iowa Canceer Summit is brought together professionals and advocates of all varieties to discuss and learn more about how we can work together to reduce the burden of cancer in Iowa. 

Keynote Speaker: Senator Tom Harkin

We are pleased to announce that Senator Tom Harkin, a proponent of cancer care and research, has agreed to be the opening keynote speaker at the 2018 Iowa Cancer Consortium Summit. His committment to supporting biomedical research has been recognized by organizations such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) and Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI). Dates of this year’s summit are September 24-25, 2018. The Summit will be held at the FFA Center in Ankeny.

As a young senator, Tom Harkin was tapped by Senator Ted Kennedy to craft legislation to protect the civil rights of millions of Americans with physical and mental disabilities. He knew firsthand about the challenges facing people with disabilities from his late brother, Frank, who was deaf from an early age. What emerged from that process would later become his signature legislative achievement - The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The ADA has become known as the "Emancipation Proclamation of people with disabilities." The legislation changed the landscape of America by requiring buildings and transportation to be wheelchair accessible, and to provide workplace accommodations for people with disabilities. To preserve the intent of the ADA after several court rulings weakened its standards, Sen. Harkin and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the ADA Amendments bill to ensure continuing protections for all Americans with disabilities. It was signed into law in September 2008. In September 2009, Sen. Harkin became the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.

Watch your email and future newsletters for additional speakers and registration information. See you in September!


Consider Becoming a Sponsor and/or Exhibitor 

You can help make the Iowa Cancer Summit what it is by becoming a sponsor. You help us bring top-notch speakers, great networking and premium learning opportunities to Iowans working to reduce the burden of cancer in our state. 

Contact Kelly Rollins at with any questions or to place your support. 


Iowa Cancer Consortium Awards 

Nominations for both awards will be accepted through August 13

Iowa Cancer Champion Award 

The Iowa Cancer Champion award is given each year to an individual or organization who demonstrates commitment to reducing the burden of cancer in Iowa through work on policy, systems, and environmental change. The recipient may be, but is not required to be, a member of the Iowa Cancer Consortium. 

Click here to nominate an individual or organization for the 2018 Iowa Cancer Champion Award. 

Karen Packer Spirit of Collaboration Award 

The Karen Packer Spirit of Collaboration Award honors an Iowan with an outstanding commitment to collaborative cancer control efforts in Iowa. The recipient must be a member of the Iowa Cancer Consortium.
This award is named for Karen Packer who was a long-time Consortium member. Karen’s commitment to reducing the burden of cancer ranged from a personal level to a national level. She cared for three family members diagnosed with cancer. In Marshalltown, her local community, she was a pivotal force in establishing and maintaining the Marshalltown Patient Resource Center as well as running prostate cancer and breast cancer support groups. At a state and national level she worked with a variety of organizations including the Consortium, National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, American Brain Tumor Association, Y-ME, US Too, and the National Coalition of Cancer Survivors. Karen passed away on June 5th, 2007 after her own battle with stomach cancer. Her spirit lives on in each Consortium member as we make efforts on behalf of the cancer community.

Click here to nominate an Iowa Cancer Consortium member for the 2018 Karen Packer Spirit of Collaboration Award. 

Past Summits

Conference agendas and select slide decks are available for previous Iowa Cancer Summits: