RRI Conferences


2015 RRI Conference – Beijing, China


RRI is pleased to announce the location of the 18th Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference will be Beijing, China! The conference will be held from 6 – 9 September 2015, and will be hosted by the Chinese Cancer Rehabilitation Society (CCRS). We invite you to attend this truly memorable event in Beijing, China! Learn, laugh, share and make new friends. Together we are stronger!

We have an outstanding group of invited speakers who will present inspiring workshops and informative plenary lectures, supported by more than 50 international abstract presenters who will share their stories about survival, community support, treatment and much more.

Take a look at the program now using the link below.

Conference delegate information

Keynote speakers:

  • Kevin Stein, American Cancer Society, USA
  • Janine Porter-Steele, Wesley’s Hospital Choices  Cancer Support Center, Australia
  • Cathy Brice Hirsch, President of RRI, USA
  • Ann Steyn, Past-President of RRI, South Africa
  • Ranjit Kaur Pritam Singh, Past-President of RRI, Malaysia
  • Cheng-Har Yip, Breast Cancer Surgeon, Malaysia
  • Melissa Hyde, Griffith University, Australia
  • Gloria Lin, Taiwan Breast Cancer Alliance, Taiwan
  • Lili Tang, Beijing Cancer Hospital, Peking University, China
  • Wendy Lam, the University of Hong Kong

To register for the conference or for more information please visit the website at www.rribeijing2015.org for all conference information.

2013 RRI Conference – Cape Town, South Africa

The 17th RRI Conference was held in March 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. The meeting was a great success with attendees from 44 countries around the world. Photos  from the conference are now available online and can be viewed here, and more highlights can also be found on Facebook here.

Past Reach to Recovery International Conferences

  • Cape Town, South Africa (2013)
  • Taipei, Taiwan (2011)
  • Brisbane, Australia (2009)
  • Stockholm, Sweden (2007)
  • Athens, Greece (2005)
  • Lisbon, Portugal (2003)
  • Grado, Italy (2000)
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia (1998)
  • Stockholm, Sweden (1996)
  • Spain (1994)
  • Trieste, Italy (1992)
  • Luxembourg (1990)
  • France (1988)
  • Israel (1986)
  • Dublin, Ireland (1984)
  • Switzerland (1982)
  • Copenhagen, Denmark (1980)

Past Asia-Pacific Regional Conferences

  • Mumbai, India (2006)
  • Singapore (2004)
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2002)


Two major awards are presented at each Reach to Recovery International Conference, the Terese Lasser Award and the Health Professional Medal. Terese Lasser was the first-ever Reach to Recovery volunteer and founder of the Reach to Recovery movement. The Terese Lasser Award is conferred on a RRI volunteer who has introduced, initiated, or contributed to the development of a new Reach to Recovery programme in an exceptional way.

The Health Professional Medal is conferred on outstanding health professionals who have facilitated voluntary breast cancer support programmes, encouraged and supported volunteers, aided recognition of volunteers by their communities, and supported volunteers’ endeavors to spread their activities to new communities.

Terese Lasser Award Recipients

  • Mary Onyango, Kenya (2013)
  • Ranjit Kaur, Malaysia (2011)
  • Gloria Lin, Taiwan (2009)
  • Maria Cunha Matos, Portugal (2007)
  • Ann Steyn, South Africa (2005)
  • Henriette Nesbitt de Almeida, Portugal (2003)
  • Takako Watt, Japan (2000)
  • Francoise Van Schuylenbergh, Belgium (1998)
  • Terttu Mertanen, Finland (1996)
  • Helega Flatauer, Brazil (1994)
  • Luisa Marse, Belgium  (1992)
  • Denise Escudier, France (1990)
  • Lea Marador, Israel (1988)
  • Margot Genoa, Romania (1986)

Health Professional Medal Recipients

  • Jenny Edge, South Africa (2013)
  • Jacqueline Whang-Peng, Taiwan (2011)
  • Chen Har Yip, Malaysia (2009)
  • Olwyn Ryan, Ireland (2007)
  • Tom Hudson, Ireland (2005)
  • Rajendra A Badwe, India (2003)
  • Mary Murray, Ireland (2000)
  • Krystyna Mika, Poland (1998)
  • Graeme Brien, Australia (1996)
  • Vegelji Pirc, Ljubljana (1994)
  • Eugeny Demin and Valentina Chulkora, Russia (1992)
  • Raymond Barmont, French Cancer League (1990)
  • A Holleb, USA (1988)
  • O Jallut, Switzerland (1986)
  • P Denoix, France (1984)

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