FACTOR brings together the leading osteosarcoma researchers and clinicians, along with patient families and OsteoWarriors (survivors, patients and siblings of OsteoWarriors and OsteoAngels) to Make It Better for those battling this disease. This work belongs to all of us.
Collaboration with all interested parties on advancing treatments and improving outcomes for patients with osteosarcoma. Specifically:
• Significantly improve osteosarcoma awareness and patient outcomes through collaborative disease management approach, clinical trials and dedicated osteosarcoma research.
• Brainstorm on challenges and come up with collaborative solutions to fast track improvements for osteosarcoma.
• Create a symbiotic bridge between the osteosarcoma medical and patient community to overcome challenges and create solutions.
• Evaluate funding needs for research and provide awareness for worthy initiatives and funding solutions.
• A dedicated forum to review progress on an annual basis on various osteosarcoma disease management initiatives.
The OsteoWarriors HQ (headquarters) brings kids and young adults who have a connection to osteosarcoma together and It. Is. Awesome!
Connecting the kids who have lost limbs, friends and siblings to osteosarcoma is one of the most important things we do. To put the hospital behind them for a few days and connect with other kids from across the country who have been through the same thing they have is really special.
HQ is for those 18 and under. We kindly ask that only those who plan to fully participate in HQ select the HQ registration option. OsteoWarrior HQ is for:
• Warriors in treatment for osteosarcoma
• Survivors of osteosarcoma
• Siblings of OsteoWarriors
• Siblings of OsteoAngels
The OsteoWarriors HQ is entirely complimentary, with thanks to the generosity of the Jeffries family.
Join us for a free Healing Hearts grief retreat for bereaved osteosarcoma parents.
This is an opportunity for you to connect with others who share a similar grief experience and understand what you're going through. The hope is that this event provides encouragement, support, and inspiration through planned activities and conversation.
Dr. Sandi Howlett is a teacher and life-long learner specializing in bereavement. She has extensive experience with bereavement through her work as Bereavement Special with Hansen Mortuary for 14 years including facilitating grief support groups as well as 1:1 client support, her 16-year affiliation with New Song Center for Grieving Children as facilitator and as part of the training faculty as well as teaching for the American Hospice Foundation and a variety of hospices in Arizona. She has presented at national conferences for Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child, Parents of Murdered Children, MISS Foundation and is an authorized lead facilitator for the Institute for Healing of Memories – North America. She believes that everyone can heal...though the means, time and degree vary. She applies practical wisdom, compassion and humor to assist people in finding their own healing path.
Sandra Howlett, Ed.D. is a bereavement specialist in Phoenix AZ. She facilitates support groups, is a speaker and conducts workshops to help people find their healing space. “Dr. Sandi” uses compassion, humor and education to shine light on dark journeys.
Ambassador Agents offer peer support to caregivers and families in treatment for osteosarcoma. Ambassador Agents are:
The Ambassador Agent training will prepare you in best practices to support a warrior and/or their family members. Listening skills, ways to build trust, stages of grief and recovery, stress management and the ever popular 'elevator speech' are the foundation of the training. Being an Ambassador Agent is a rewarding experience for both you and the family you are matched with.
Mingles in Boston, March 31st, 2022
Our first Mingle of 2022 is in Boston on March 31st. We want to see you there! MIB Mingles are casual parties for the osteosarcoma community. Everyone connected to osteosarcoma and those trying to Make It Better are invited. This is event is free, and we will provide drinks and light appetizers. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or Register Here. Please share this invitation.
Stay tuned for more information on upcoming Mingles and FACTORx!
Complimentary self parking, $37 overnight valet.
Warriors in treatment for osteosarcoma, survivors of osteosarcoma, siblings of OsteoWarriors, siblings of OsteoAngels who are 18 years old and younger.
HQ is free thanks to the generous support from the Jeffries Family. FACTOR registration fees are waived for those attending HQ.
YES! Special rates are available at Rancho Bernardo Inn. Click here to reserve your room.
MIB Agents is pleased to offer a limited number of travel awards up to $2,000 for physicians and researchers who would like to attend FACTOR 2022 but do not have institutional or grant support to cover FACTOR 2022 registration and travel expenses. Applications can be submitted online at Proposal Central until April 8th, 2022 and recipients will be notified by April 22nd, 2022.
MIB Agents Family Fund FACTOR Travel Awards are supported by MIB Agents Family Funds, osteosarcoma patients and families who raise funds in honor of an OsteoWarrior or OsteoAngel. Their dedication to Making It Better and fostering collaboration and education in the scientific community makes every MIB Agents award incredibly meaningful.
For more details on eligibility and the application process, please see the Family Fund FACTOR Travel Award guidelines. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
FACTOR 2022 will be held at the beautiful Rancho Bernardo Inn.
17559 Bernardo Oaks Drive
San Diego, CA 92128
MIB Agents is holding a discounted room block for FACTOR attendees. Please email Sarah@MIBagents.org to reserve your room.
Access to all six JC Golf courses: Rancho Bernardo Inn Resort Course - 18-hole championship (on site)
Seven indoor treatment rooms.
Five private, outdoor treatment casitas with spa garden.
Couple’s treatment room and casitas.
Indoor and outdoor relaxation lounges.
Manicure and Pedicure Lounge.
Private saline swimming pool with cabanas.
Three heated outdoor pools
Seven hydro spas
DISCOVER SAN DIEGO
Average Temperature for June 61°-77°
MIB Agents is proud to partner with these organizations in our mission to Make It Better. Your company can Make It Better, too, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for partnership opportunities
FACTOR connects families & osteosarcoma professionals.
Bringing researchers, clinicians, surgeons and caregivers togher.
Create a bridge between the osteosarcoma medical and patient community to overcome challenges and create solutions.
“The FACTOR Conference is unique in that it brings together parents, patient advocates, providers, the scientific community and others to share common issues and research advances,and to remember our common struggles against osteosarcoma.”