Nurture your mind, body, and spirit! Blueprints of Hope is pleased to present our first Cancer Wellness Conference, “The Art of Living Well With and Beyond Cancer,” celebrating the health and healing of cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and the medical providers who care for them. Join us to hear inspirational stories, connect with other cancer survivors, and learn innovative strategies for boosting your well-being. Learn techniques for mindful living, stress management, exercise, nutrition, balance, gratitude, and much more.

Keynote Address

The Healing Power of Hope

Wendy S. Harpham, M.D.

Wendy S. Harpham is a doctor of internal medicine, 27-year cancer survivor, best-selling author and nationally recognized speaker. She has devoted her career to helping patients get good care and live as fully as possible.

In 1990, she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. When ongoing illness forced Dr. Harpham to stop practicing medicine and redefine her career, she turned to writing and speaking as ways to continue to educate, comfort and inspire patients. In addition to her groundbreaking books and articles, Dr. Harpham has been writing a popular and award-winning regular column for Oncology Times titled “View from the Other Side of the Stethoscope.”

After many courses of treatment, including investigational drugs received in three clinical trials, Dr. Harpham’s lymphoma has remained in remission. Limited stamina prevents her from returning to clinical medicine. She’s active in patient advocacy on the local and national levels. She enjoys teaching and mentoring premedical students as an adjunct professor at University of Texas at Dallas. In her free time, she enjoys reading, classical music and family time, especially with her grandson.

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Opening Night

Friday, September 22nd – 5:30-9 pm
Powerhouse Science Center

“The Healing Power of Hope”
Keynote address by Dr. Wendy Harpham
Music by Caitlin Cannon and Kate Willyard
Small plates by Hot Tomatoes

Conference Workshops

Saturday, September 23rd – 8:30 am-5 pm
Durango Recreation Center

Mindfulness practices, sound healing, nutrition, yoga, and much more. Ticket price includes boxed lunch by Hot Tomatoes.

$40 for the weekend, $15 for workshops only
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Conference Itinerary

Friday Evening, September 22, 2017 – Powerhouse Science Center

5:30-6:50: Libation, small plates (Hot Tomatoes), and music (Caitlin Cannon & Kate Willyard)
7:00-7:50: Keynote speaker Wendy Harpham, M.D. – “The Healing Power of Hope”
8:00-9:00: Mingle with Dr. Harpham, music, libation

Saturday, September 23, 2017 – Durango Recreation Center

8:30-8:50: Registration/Check-in
9:00-11:50: Morning self-care breakout sessions
12:00-12:50: Lunch and optional Talk with the Doc or walk along the Animas River
1:00-3:50: Afternoon self-care breakout sessions
4:00-5:00: Closing program – Amphitheater


The Powerhouse Science Center

Located on the banks of the Animas River in an historic coal-fire steam-powered AC power generating plant, the Powerhouse Science Center presents a wide range of programs, exhibits, and activities designed to provide an entertaining and inspiring look at science — past, present, and future. The science center offers limited complimentary parking via 12th Street and Camino Del Rio. Visitors to the science center are encouraged to carpool.

Durango Recreation Center

The Durango Community Recreation Center is a 71,557 square foot facility designed to incorporate the historical features of the Fairgrounds by using the old grandstand stones, which have been a monument to the site for many years. The parking lot provides 206 parking spaces with an additional 47 spaces available at the ball field for overflow.

Hotel Accommodations:

We have a block of rooms with special room rates at the Hampton Inn Durango with the reservation code “Blueprints of Hope.” For more information, hotel amenities, and to make reservations call 970-247-2600.