Join the Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center for our third annual Patient and Family Forum!
This is a series of free educational events for individuals with young-onset colorectal cancer (diagnosed under 50 years old) and their supporters. Attendees will hear from experts, learn from patients, and meet others within the community.

March 1st: Keynote Speaker – Craig Melvin (6-7 pm)

Join us as Craig Melvin, an award-winning news anchor on NBC News’ “TODAY,” co-host of 3rd Hour TODAY, anchor on MSNBC Live, host of syndicated “Dateline NBC” broadcasts and national advocate of colorectal cancer, kicks off our 2022 annual forum with a keynote address discussing his family history and advocacy for young-onset colorectal cancer.

March 2nd: Caregiver Support Group (6-7 pm) Facilitated by Erika Lundgren, MSW, LICSW.

This will be a safe and confidential space for caregivers to connect with each other, discuss the unique challenges involved in cancer caregiving, and develop coping strategies.

March 7th: Research Keynote (6-7 pm) Jonathan Nowak, MD, PhD and Benjamin Schlechter, MD

Join Jonathan Nowak, MD, PhD and Benjamin Schlechter, MD as they discuss immunotherapy and CAR-T cell therapy in young-onset colorectal cancer

March 9th: Early Stage and Survivorship Support Group (5:15-6:15 pm) Facilitated by Laura Goodman, LICSW

This group will explore the unique needs of individuals with early stage (I,II and III) Young Onset Colorectal Cancer who are undergoing active treatment or have completed treatment in the last 12 months.

March 10th: Stage IV Support Group (12-1 pm) Facilitated by Cristina Pozo-Kaderman, PhD

Connect with others treated for stage IV young-onset colorectal cancer. This will be an informal space where you can chat about anything you would like with others who ‘get it’.

March 16th: Living Well (6-7 pm) Facilitated by Max McMahon, MSW, LCSW

Join us on National Social Workers Day to enjoy an open discussion with a patient to discuss their journey through treatment, advocacy, and what it means to truly live well as someone with colorectal cancer.

March 24th: Yoga and Meditation (6-7 pm) Facilitated by Juliana Berfield, PhD

Join for an hour of yoga and meditation led by one of the Zakim Center’s instructors, Dr. Julianna Berfield. This event is open to people of every fitness level.

March 29th: Expert Panel: All About Genes & Genomes in Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer (6-7 pm)

Introduction and Moderation: Kimmie Ng, MD, MPH

ctDNA and Its Utility in YONCRC: Doug Rubinson, MD, PhD

Genomics of YONCRC and How to Interpret Next Generation Sequencing Reports: Marios Giannakis, MD, PhD

Germline Genetic Testing in YONCRC: Leah Biller, MD

Count Me In: Nick Wagle, MD

All events are in EST. For more information, visit or contact Brigette Arsenault at 617-632-2459 or

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