Posted on September 22nd, 2011 by msequeira
The Jeff Diamond Law Firm and the University of New Mexico Cancer Center are pleased to announce the 2011 First Annual Advocacy for Cancer Patients Seminar, scheduled for Friday, October 21, at the Pecos River Village Conference Center in Carlsbad, New Mexico. This cutting-edge continuing education seminar has two tracks, one geared to healthcare professionals, the other to legal professionals. The fee for professional attendees is $250; Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is available. In addition, a separate program of public presentations is available at no charge for all interested members of the public not seeking continuing education credits (see details below).
The seminar is funded by Jeff Diamond, Esq., and his wife Evy, with help from lawyers, physicians and other volunteers who are donating their time and expertise to the cause. As a result, 100 percent of continuing education fees and all fundraising proceeds will benefit the Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund at the UNM Cancer Center. Established in honor of Jeff and Evy’s son Shannon Shaw, who died of melanoma in 2009, the Fund supports melanoma education, early diagnosis and treatment in medically underserved communities in New Mexico.
“We are thrilled to assemble some of our state’s top experts in the medical and legal fields and make their knowledge and experience available to the Southeast New Mexico community,” said Jeff Diamond, Esq., founder of the Jeff Diamond Law Firm, a practice focused on Social Security Disability law with six locations in New Mexico and Texas. “Whether you are a physician, lawyer or member of the public with a compelling interest in cancer advocacy, we believe you will find the information – and inspiration – you need.”
“It is a pleasure to partner with Jeff and his team on this important professional education and public awareness program,” said Cheryl Willman, MD, Director and CEO of the UNM Cancer Center. “The UNM Cancer Center is committed to making cancer education, research and care available to New Mexicans throughout the state. The first annual Advocacy for Cancer Patients seminar is an important addition to our multi-faceted efforts in statewide outreach and treatment.”
2011 Advocacy for Cancer Patients Seminar Overview
The 2011 Advocacy for Cancer Patients Seminar features a medical track and a legal track. The medical track – presented by distinguished clinicians from the UNM Cancer Center and private practice, as well as legal experts – will cover critical issues in cancer treatment (with a focus on melanoma and breast cancer), patient and family interactions and community advocacy. The seminar’s legal track – presented by practicing lawyers with healthcare-specific expertise – will offer insights into insurance, employment and disability law pertinent to legal professionals advocating on behalf of cancer patients and their families. A roundtable session, the last event of the day, will convene medical and legal presenters to discuss issues of shared relevance.
The UNM Cancer Center’s Dr. Cheryl Willman will moderate the medical seminar; Jeff Diamond, Esq., and Anita Miller, Esq., will introduce the legal seminar. All seminar attendees will join together for a luncheon hosted by Jeff and Evy Diamond on behalf of the Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund. Luncheon keynotes will be delivered by special guest Senator Timothy Z. Jennings (D-Roswell), Senate President Pro Tempore, and Dr. Willman. There will also be a special presentation honoring Patty Jennings, wife of Sen. Tim Jennings, a longtime patient advocate who passed away in 2009.
For more information or to register, please visit the Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund’s website at http://www.listentoyourmom.org.
Members of the public are invited to attend a separate series of public presentations at no charge. See details under “Public Presentations” below.
Consistent with the day’s focus on cancer awareness and education, the seminar site will also host a blood drive and bone marrow drive. All participants and members of the public are encouraged to donate.
Additional Fundraising Events
The seminar will be followed by a cocktail party and fundraiser at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park to benefit the UNM Cancer Center, sponsored by Jeff and Evy Diamond. The next day, the Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund will inaugurate its First Annual Shannon Shaw Memorial Team Roping Event. The fundraiser, dubbed “Gatherin’ His Slack,” will be held on Saturday, October 22, at 10 a.m. at the Carlsbad Sheriff’s Posse Arena. The No B.S. Cattle Company is in charge of the event; all proceeds will benefit the Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund at the UNM Cancer Center. The public should call 575-626-6729 for more information.
Seminar Speakers and Topics
2011 Advocacy for Cancer Patients Seminar speakers and topics are listed below. For a full agenda, please see http://www.listentoyourmom.org.
Skin cancer, breast cancer
Psychology and counseling
Cynthia Hall, Esq., Counsel, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
Rita Siegel, Esq., Siegel Law Firm
ADA, EEOC, human rights laws
Breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer, clinical trials
Melanoma, clinical trials
Masoud Khorsand-Sahbaie, MD, Kymera Independent Physicians
Cancer in the community
Anita P. Miller, Esq., Member, ABA Breast Cancer Committee; Adjunct Professor, UNM Law School
Introductions; Anita Miller will also present a session on the SCALES program of the NM bar
NM insurance codes and regulations
Federal healthcare legislation
Social Security compassionate allowances, TERI
ADA, EEOC, human rights laws
The following sessions are designed for members of the public. They are free of charge and open to all interested individuals not seeking continuing education credit. Members of the public should call 877-622-3065 for more information about attending one or more of the below presentations. Schedule is subject to change; please visit http://www.listentoyourmom.org for updates.
Coping with psychological problems for patients and their families
IMRT and less invasive and less tissue-destructive therapies
About the Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund
Shannon was a loving father and husband who died from malignant melanoma on August 31, 2009. He had been a patient of the UNM Cancer Center. He was the supervising petroleum engineer for the Bureau of Land Management in Santa Fe with oversight responsibilities in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
As brilliant, sophisticated and good a man as he was, Shannon refused to listen to his wife, Christine, or his mother, Evy Diamond, to have a doctor examine a nasty mole on his hip. Several years after they began nagging him, he finally saw a dermatologist, who diagnosed Stage IV melanoma. He fought the battle with surgery, radiation and chemo for about a year before he died. He told his children, Jacob and Marlena, “Listen to your mom.” He asked his wife and mother to launch a campaign to help others avoid the pain suffered by his loved ones.
Shannon’s family and friends established a fund in his memory at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center. It opened on the day of his death. The Shannon J. Shaw Memorial Fund exists to create educational programs and clinics in medically underserved communities for the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of melanoma. Learn more at http://www.listentoyourmom.org.
About the UNM Cancer Center
The UNM Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center in the state. One of just 66 NCI-designated cancer centers nationwide, the UNM Cancer Center is recognized for its scientific excellence, contributions to cancer research and delivery of medical advances to patients and their families. It is home to 85 board-certified oncology physicians representing every cancer specialty and 127 research scientists hailing from prestigious institutions such as MD Anderson, Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic. The UNM Cancer Center treats more than 65 percent of the adults and virtually all of the children in New Mexico affected by cancer, from every county in the state. In 2010, it provided care to more than 15,800 cancer patients. The Center’s research programs are supported by nearly $60 million annually in federal and private funding. Learn more at http://cancer.unm.edu.
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