2024 Advocacy Days

Melanoma Research Foundation

Mar 3, 11:00 PM – Mar 5, 6:00 PM

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About this event


Welcome to the annual Advocacy Days in Washington, DC! 

Join melanoma patients, caregivers, supporters and advocates from across the country on March 3-5, 2024, in Washington, DC to learn about issues facing the melanoma community, our community’s key legislative priorities and then share your story with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Register here to join us in our nation's capital to be the voice of the melanoma community!


Travel Scholarships

Travel scholarship applications for 2024 Advocacy Days have closed. Please contact advocacy@melanoma.org for more information. 

When

When

March 3 – 5, 2024
11:00 PM – 6:00 PM UTC

Agenda

11:00 PMWelcome Reception

Speakers

  • Jafar Al-Mondhiry

    Medical Oncologist, INOVA

  • Alexis Apple

    Director of Federal Affairs, American Telemedicine Association (ATA)

  • Kristina Baum

    Senior Vice President, Vision 360 Partners

  • Amie Bunker, PhD

    Program Manager, Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs

  • Ed Pagano

    Partner, Akin Gump

  • Joel Roberson

    Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

  • Zil Joyce Romero Dixon

    State Government Affairs Manager, National Rural Health Association

  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

    Senior Advisor, Akin Gump

  • Sima Rozati, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Panelists

  • Stacey Sepp

    Survivor & Advocate

  • Chris White

    Survivor & Advocate

FAQs

What should I wear?

To ensure a professional atmosphere during our visit to Capitol Hill and meetings with congressional representatives, we kindly request all attendees to wear a business casual attire for the upcoming event.

Comfortable sneakers or footwear is recommended as we will be walking to Capitol Hill. Please refrain from wear jeans, sweatpants, or casual clothing.

Your adherence to these attire guidelines is appreciated and will contribute to the success of our event. Thank you!

Hotel Accommodations

The Kimpton George Hotel (15 E St NW) is currently fully booked. Please continue to check their website for available accommodations.

Additional hotel accommodation options within walking distance from the Kimpton George Hotel and Capitol Hill include:

YOTEL Washington DC (3-minute walk to Kimpton) Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill (2-minute walk to Kimpton) Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill (3-minute walk to Kimpton)

Transportation

Driving - DCA to George Kimpton Hotel 9-to-14-minute drive via George Washington Memorial Pkwy and I-395 N

Metro - DCA to Union Station The quickest route from Reagan National Airport (DCA) to Union Station in Washington D.C. is by taking the Yellow Line on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metro system towards Mt Vernon Square. Disembark at Gallery Place Chinatown and switch to the Red Line towards Glenmont. Get off at Union Station (2 stops from Gallery Place Chinatown). Union Station is a 5-minute walk to/from the Kimpton George Hotel.

Metro - IAD to Union Station The quickest route from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Union Station in Washington D.C. is by taking the Silver Line metro at Dulles Airport Station. Take the Silver Line towards Downtown Largo. Get off at Metro Center and switch to the Red Line towards Glenmont. Get off at Union Station (3 stops from Metro Center). Union Station is a 5-minute walk to/from the Kimpton George Hotel.

Parking

If you are staying at the Kimpton George Hotel in downtown Washington D.C., there are several nearby parking options to consider:

Hotel Parking: The hotel may offer on-site parking for an additional fee. Contact the hotel directly for current rates and availability.

Street Parking: Street parking is available in the area surrounding the hotel, but be aware of the hours of operation, restrictions and fees. Make sure to check the signs before leaving your car.

Public Parking Garages: There are several public parking garages located near the hotel, such as the Central Parking Garage, the

National Building Museum Garage, and the LAZ Parking Garage. These garages offer hourly or daily rates and may be more convenient than street parking.

Private Parking Lots: There are also private parking lots located near the hotel that offer hourly or daily rates. You can find these by driving around the area or searching online for "private parking lots" near Kimpton George Hotel Washington D.C.

It is recommended to reserve a parking space in advance, especially during peak times, to ensure availability and reduce the risk of having to park far from your destination.

Things to Do In DC

For those arriving early or having extra time to explore Washington, D.C. offers a myriad of activities. Here’s a guide to activity options for visitors to make the most of their time in the nation's capital:

Capitol Tour: Take a guided tour of the United States Capitol. Learn about the nation’s history and legislative process. Book a Capitol Tour.

National Mall Walk: Take a stroll along the National Mall, soaking in the impressive monuments and memorials such as the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the World War II Memorial.

Big Bus Tour around the National Mall: Hop on a Big Bus Tour to explore the landmarks around the National Mall, including the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. Big Bus Tours

Capitol River Cruises: Take a cruise along the Potomac River, enjoying views of the Capitol and other landmarks from the water. Capitol River Cruises

Smithsonian Museums: Delve into the vast world of art, history, and science at the Smithsonian Institution Museums. With numerous options, there’s something for every interest. Smithsonian Museums

Facilitator

  • Kyleigh LiPira

    Melanoma Research Foundation

    CEO

Host

  • Kim Watkins

    MRF

    Director of Advocacy

Organizer

  • Jonelle Daley

    Programmatic Logistics Coordinator

Gold Sponsor

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Novartis

Bristol Myers Squibb logo

Bristol Myers Squibb

Silver Sponsor

Merck logo

Merck

Iovance logo

Iovance

Neutrogena logo

Neutrogena

Replimune logo

Replimune

Contact Us

2024 Advocacy Days

Melanoma Research Foundation

Mar 3, 11:00 PM – Mar 5, 6:00 PM

Join melanoma patients, caregivers, supporters and advocates from across the country on March 3-5 in Washington, DC to learn about issues facing the melanoma community, our community's key legislative priorities and then share your story with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

63
RSVPs