Childhood Leukemia: Past, Present, and Future

Des Moines, IA US
April 29, 2015

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“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” – Pericles 

Learn the importance of early detection of cancer in young adults, along with its treatments. Too often, symptoms or warning signs are ignored or dismissed due to the age of the patient.  It is seen as something that occurs more predominately in the older population.  With more research, discussion and public awareness, maybe the key symptoms that might have otherwise been dismissed will be detected early on.

Target Audience

Des Moines University students, staff, and faculty, physicians, nurses, social workers, other medical professionals, healthcare community, and families who have been affected by young adult cancer.


TimePresentation and Speaker
5:30 pmRegistration
6 pm Dinner

6:30 pm

Keynote Address: Childhood Leukemia: Past, Present, and Future
Dr. Deepti Warad, MBBS
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

  1. Provide a general overview of pediatric leukemia
  2. Discuss advances in pediatric leukemia over the past five decades
  3. Identify available treatment options and prognosis for pediatric leukemia
  4. Cite evidence of evolving therapies and future trends in pediatric leukemia
7:30 pm 

Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Deepti Warad, MBBS
  • Erin Sullivan Wagner, After Cancer, Solutions for Sexual Health
  • Ashlyn White, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Volunteer and Survivor of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Kris Langgaard, Survivor of Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  • Michaela Inman, 15 year old Ewing Sarcoma Survivor
9 pm Adjourn

Remembering Katie

Katherine Miller, known as Katie by her medical school classmates, was a dynamic, empathetic, kind and beautiful young woman. She approached life with determination and love. Her compassion, drive, and natural charm in turn inspired family members, friends, educators, and mentors. 

Born in New York City and baptized in the Greek Orthodox faith, Katie lived with her family first in Manhattan and then in Palm Beach, Florida, where she completed elementary and middle school education. She graduated from high school at Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut. She gravitated toward math, science and French studies. She excelled academically and earned Dean’s List honors. Outside the classroom, Katie formed enduring friendships through her passion for water sports. She also explored the fine arts through painting and drawing and enjoyed impressionist art especially. 

At the University of Virginia, Katherine found herself drawn to the intricacies of ancient Latin and Greek, which led her to intensive summer language studies in classics at the University of California-Berkeley and study abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In Florida, Katie served several internships with local physicians and came to value the holistic approach to treating patients. Katie succumbed to colon cancer in 2005 at age 26.

Thank you to the Miller family for their generous support! Their contribution makes this conference possible.

Remembering Those We Love

The Katie Miller Cancer Conference is a ceremony of remembrance and hope. It is a way to honor young adult cancer survivors and those who have lost the battle. It is a time to grieve for those we have lost, to reflect on our own or loved ones cancer experience, and to find hope that tomorrow holds the promise of a cancer-free world. 

If you are interested in honoring a loved one, you are able to purchase a survivor or in memory of poster for $50. The posters will be displayed at the conference.

For additional information CLICK HERE.  

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Deepti Warad, MBBS
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Education and Medical Training:

  • Vaishampayan Memorial Medical College
  • John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County
  • Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education

Clinical Specialties Interests: General pediatric hematology and oncology, pediatric coagulation disorder hematology, pediatric hematologic oncology, pediatric platelet disorder hematology

Clinical Interests: Hemostasis, thrombosis, blood coagulation

Panel Members

  • Michaela Inman
    Ewing Sarcoma Survivor    
  • Kris Langgaard
    Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Survivor    
  • Erin Sullivan Wagner
    After Cancer, Solutions for Sexual Health and Anal Cancer Survivor    
  • Ashlyn White
    Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Volunteer and AML Survivor

Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. 

Continuing Education Credit

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and approves this live activity for 2.5 Category 2-A CME credit(s).
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 3.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other: This live activity is designated for 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 2.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 2.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 3.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/29/2015 - 6:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
04/29/2015 - 9:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Olsen Center
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 2.50 AOA Category 2­A
  • 2.50 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 3.00 IBON


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