About Life Fest 2016 – July 15th -17th 2016
The Life Raft Group is excited to celebrate the 8th anniversary of our biennial Life Fest conference, which gives patients and caregivers the opportunity to gather for a weekend of camaraderie, unique access to global leaders in the field, and a wealth of new information about the latest advances in GIST management and research.
This year, Life Fest was celebrated July 15 – July 17 to incorporate the celebration of GIST Awareness Day at the Redondo Beach Marriott in Torrance, California.
This year’s theme
Our theme for Life Fest and GIST Awareness Day this year is “The Gift of Time.” Our logo is an hourglass, with each grain of sand representing one of our own cherished moments in time. The Gift of Time theme applies to everyone. If you are newly diagnosed, a long-term survivor, a caregiver, a doctor, a student or just about anyone, this is an opportunity to recognize how valuable time is. To celebrate these moments, we are asking everyone to think about the precious gifts of time they have been granted and have created by writing it on a paper “grain of sand” what those gifts are. It could be a celebratory moment like the birth of a grandchild or a wedding, or simply something you experienced like watching the sunset over the ocean. In the coming months, we will invite our members to share with us their precious memories and we will honor them at Life Fest.
Registering for Life Fest
The LRG member fee to participate remains the same as in previous years: $155 per person for the entire weekend, due to the generous support of sponsors. We do have a limited number of scholarships available to those seeking to enhance their GIST awareness regardless of financial situation. Scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the LRG Board of Directors and donors. Please contact Diana Nieves: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For GIST Awareness Day, we invite members to create local events and celebrations around this theme, and to send to the LRG photos and artwork to share their gifts of time.
Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach
3635 Fashion Way
Torrance, CA 90503
• Check-in: Wed July 13, 2016
• Check-out: Mon July 18, 2016
• Group Rate available until: Wed June 15, 2016
• Special Concessions: Group Rate includes Guest Room Internet
Discounted $15 Self Parking – $17 Valet Parking
While the conference will be held July 15th to 17th, we have secured the hotel room discounted rate for Wed, July 13th to Mon. July 18th so that you may enjoy the Redondo Beach/LA areas before and after our event.
Single or Double Standard Room $159 USD per night
Book your group rate for ** SINGLE/DOUBLE ** Life Fest, July 13-18
Triple Standard Room $179 USD per night
Book your group rate for ** TRIPLE ** Life Fest, July 13-18
Quad Standard Room $199 USD per night
Book your group rate for ** QUAD ** Life Fest, July 13-18
You are also welcome to book reservations at your group rate by calling directly Marriott reservations at our toll free number 1(800)228-9290 – please refer to “Life Fest Seminar”.
2016 Life Fest Scholarship Application Form
The intention of the scholarship/financial aid fund is to make Life Fest programming available to individual patients, family members and/or caregivers seeking to enhance their GIST awareness, regardless of their financial situation. Scholarships are made possible by the generosity of LRG Board of Directors and donors. Our funds are limited and scholarships are approved on a first come, first served basis.
Submitting an application for scholarship does not guarantee that you will receive one. If you are approved for the scholarship, the Life Raft Group will pay for your Life Fest registration fee and the hotel directly for room cost for both Friday and Saturday nights. Please send your completed application to Diana Nieves, email: email@example.com or fax: 973-837-9095.