IMPACT Melanoma Hosts Biannual Melanoma Symposiums Covering an Assortment of Topics
Registration is always free and open to the public. Join us as we announce our new symposiums as topics and speakers are confirmed for each unique presentation. Keep an eye on this page for future engagements!
Our Last Event:
“Bereavement: Strategies and Support for Dealing with the Death of a Loved One” – November 15, 2018:
Sue Morris, PsyD
Director of Bereavement Services at Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Sue Morris is the Director of Bereavement Services at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She also oversees the Bereavement Task Force at Boston Children’s Hospital and is a member of Robert’s Program on Sudden Unexplained Death in Pediatrics.
Sue studied Clinical Psychology specializing in adult mental health and cognitive behavior therapy. She has worked in bereavement for the past 20 years in both Sydney and Boston and is the author of Overcoming Grief and An Introduction to Coping with Grief, published in London by Constable Robinson.
Married for over 40 years, Margaret McEwan was the primary caregiver for her husband, John McEwan, who lived with stage IV metastatic melanoma for five years. As a couple, they loved to spend time together and with their family of three married children and six grandchildren. They traveled as often as they could internationally and would go on annual family vacations to Walt Disney World and Stowe, Vermont.
Margaret holds a Bachelor of Science and master’s degree in food and nutrition. As a registered dietitian, she was a trailblazer in the field of supermarket retail dietetics. She retired from Shaw’s Supermarkets as the Vice President of Corporate Communications.
Margaret continues to enjoy spending time with her family, traveling and volunteering for a community ministry that provides hope to families in need. Much of her creative free time is spent quilting and embroidering household items and decorative art. Every Day Is A Gift – A Couple’s Cancer Journey is her first published work. Her goal in sharing their story is to offer other’s hope as they face similar challenges.
IMPACT Melanoma Board Member
Tracy Cockerham has spent her career developing marketing and research strategies for Fortune 100 companies. She most recently served as Vice President, Global Customer Experience for Federal Mogul Corp. In 2013, Tracy left her corporate role when her 20 year old son, Connor, was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. Connor was diagnosed November 1st of that year and passed away 2 months and 9 days later, on January 9, 2014.
Tracy has been a volunteer and advocate for several cancer related organizations during her entire adult life, but after Connor’s passing she’s devoted all of her time to fundraising and advocating for the prevention and education of melanoma. She’s been a board member for IMPACT Melanoma (formerly MFNE) since August, 2014. She and her husband, Scott Bauhofer, formed their own non-profit organization, based in Santa Cruz, CA where they raised funds to support UCSFs Melanoma Research Lab, as Tracy developed a strong relationship with UCSF during Connor’s illness.
Tracy spends her free time writing and running, but most enjoys spending time with her family and Connor’s wonderful friends. She often says “when a parent has a child, their worst fear is that something will happen to that child. When a parent loses a child, their worst fear is that their child will be forgotten.