Plans are moving right along for Life Fest 2010, and our gala event: GIST 2010: A Decade of Difference.

Here, you can register for Life Fest, view pictures, video and presentations from past Life Fests, download a nomination form for GIST Clinician of the Year and download materials for our new project: Tree of Life.

Register for Life Fest

You can also book a hotel room under the special Life Raft Group rate of $129+ tax at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City, where Life Fest will be held. Because this location is in such close proximity to New York City, we expect the hotel might sell out quickly. Please reserve your room as early as possible.

If reserving a room by phone:
Call 1-800-233-1234 and ask for a room for the Life Raft Group event at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City. Tell the person assisting you that the code is G-LRAG.

Clinician of the Year

On Saturday, June 26, 2010, the LRG will be giving out the GIST Clinician of the Year award… and you are going to help us choose the winner!

If you think that your doctor or nurse is the best of the bunch then we want to hear about it.

• Go to the Life Fest page and download and print a nomination form
• Tell us why your doctor should be the GIST Clinician of the Year and send it back by February 15
• The winning entry will be decided by a panel of GISTers and the winner will get a free trip to Life Fest where s/he can personally present the award in front of all the Life Fest attendees

“Tree of Life”tree of life

Your “Tree” will represent all the good things that have come into your life since your GIST diagnosis.

You hear many stories in the LRG about survivors getting to see a grandchild that they never thought they would, finally going on that European vacation with their spouse, or even simply getting to retirement. This is a chance to tell the world just what this time has meant to you.

If you are a loved one of someone who has passed on, don’t feel as though you can’t participate. Feel free to fill out a Tree on their behalf. Go to the Life Fest page to find out how to participate in our “Tree of Life” project, as well as view a sample completed “Tree” (pictured, left) and options to personalize your “Tree”.