RRI Conferences


2016 RRI Conference – Paris, France
Hosted by the Union for International Cancer Control

It is not long to go now before the next gathering of RRI supporters takes place as part of the UICC World Cancer Congress, 31 Oct – 3 Nov at the Palais des Congrès de Paris in France. Mobilising Action, Inspiring Change is the theme for this year’s World Cancer Congress and RRI delegates will have their opportunity to connect, communicate and inspire others at the new Patient Group Pavilion situated within the Global Village.  The Patient Group Pavilion will become a hub for peer and patient support groups from across the globe to showcase their initiatives and share their stories in a warm and friendly environment.

RRI Abstract presentations

RRI presentations will take place at the Patient Group Pavilion on Tuesday 1 November.  There will be two one hour sessions from 10:00 – 11:00 and  14:20 – 15: 20.  For details of the speakers and topics, click here.

RRI program recommendations

In addition to the RRI abstract presentations there are a wide range of other sessions on peer support, advocacy and research that will be of interest to RRI supporters.  A list of these program recommendations can be found here.

Social Events

Details about the RRI social happenings at the WCC have been emailed to all RRI registered delegates.  If you have missed out please contact us so that we can include you in any updates.

Welcome Reception – Monday 31 Oct 16:00 – 17:00 in Room 315.  This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.  Light refreshments will be served.

RRI Delegate dinner – Wednesday 2 November from 19:00.  Hosted by RRI President Cathy Hirsch, the dinner will be held at Le Sud Bar-Brasserie, which is located a short walking distance from the Congress venue at 91 Boulevard Gouvion Saint Cyr, Paris.  Please RSVP to reserve your place at the Welcome Reception and dinner.

For detailed information on the World Cancer Congress program please go to www.worldcancercongress.org

2015 RRI Conference – Beijing, China

The 18th Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference held in September 2015 in Beijing, China was a great success! Hosted by the Chinese Cancer Rehabilitation Society (CCRS), more than 600 delegates experienced a truly memorable event held at the China National Convention Center in the Olympic Village of Beijing! Delegates learned, laughed, shared and made new friends, embracing the conference theme, “Together we are stronger!”

The program featured an outstanding group of invited speakers who presented inspiring workshops and informative plenary lectures, supported by more than 50 international abstract presenters who shared their stories about survival, community support, treatment and much more.

Click here to see the photos from the conference!

Click here to see the highlights video from the conference!


Past Reach to Recovery International Conferences

  • Beijing, China (2015)
  • 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

  • Sofia Abreu, Portugal (2015)
  • 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

  • Marcia Watts, USA (2015)
  • 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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