Join us for the
2023 Ultimate IBC Meet Up!

October 6 – October 8 | Houston, TX


The Meet up begins in:








Meet us in Houston for the Ultimate IBC Meet Up!

Our 2nd Annual Ultimate IBC Meet Up will be held in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, which is the largest medical complex in the world. The Texas Medical Center covers more than 2 square miles and is home to 61 different institutions. Those include 21 different hospitals — many of them ranked the best in the U.S. and even the world — along with eight academic and research institutions. (KHOU.com)

Houston is also home to the two time World Series Champions the Houston Astros and the one of the largest rodoes in the world! It is the fourth most populous city in the nation with more than 145 different languages spoken.

Meet Up Actvities

Lab Tour

Keynote Speakers

Round Table Discussions

Group Activities


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Here is a glimpse at some of the fun from last year’s event in Nashville, TN. Everything from breakfast to dinner, the lab tour at Vanderbilt, game night and line dancing class,  a great time was had by all and we learned a lot!


“It has meant so much to me, as a donor and a volunteer with the IBC Network to attend the First Annual Ultimate meetup in Nashville. I am not someone impacted by this disease with a personal diagnosis but I saw first hand the benefit of this event to patients and their families.  I plan to attend next year.”

“Dinner was lovely”

“You did an excellent job.”

“The game was a blast and refreshed/reviewed IBC facts.”

“I really liked the session with Martha.”

“Yay for real food!”

“I loved reading all the notes!”

“..the event was well thought out, positive, informative and fun.”

I did not attend for emotional support; I came to learn. I was very grateful to feel the “belonging”; and the support that I had not thought I needed.

Tentative schedule

Friday, October 6

Savannah Barrett will be the emcee for the event.

1:30 PM  – Lab Tour at Morgan Welch Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Program and Clinic at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Keynote Speaker – Hope Talk with Amy Pitman, 21 year survivor

Group Dinner

Saturday, October 7

Breakfast, Lunch, Activities and speaker meetings will be held at the hotel meeting rooms.

Yoga session with Valerie Immore of Sundance Yoga.

Guest speaker Diane Koster will be discussing Lindsay’s Legacy Fund. They have funds available to will help women with financial barriers get prompt, expert medical attention required to diagnose and treat Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC).

Presentation by Mark V. Schaverien, MB ChB, MD, MSc, MEd, FRCS (Plast)
Department of Plastic Surgery, Division of Surgery

Presentation by Certified Lymphedema Physical Therapist Marc Miller, PhD

Clinical Trials and Research with Angela Alexander, PhD

A Discussion with Martha Van Dam, MS, LMHC, NCC

Intimacy and Cancer – Round Table Discussion led by Susan McGee

Dinner on your own and time to explore.

Sunday, October 8

Breakfast and event wrap up.

There will be plenty of other opportunities to connect with each other while on-site. From mixers and group activities (introvert and extrovert friendly) this event will be filled with moments of connection.

There is a $50 registration fee to help offset event expenses. Hotel expenses are in addition to the registration fee.
No one under 18 is allowed due to the sensitive topic matter.

Where It’s At

Hilton Garden Inn Houston Medical Center
6840 Almeda Rd.
Houston, Texas, 77030, USA

We have a room block reserved for October 6, 2023 through October 8, 2023. In order to receive the group discount rate of $139 per night, you must book through the button link below.

Please make reservations before September 22nd in order to take advantage of the special event rate.

Airport transportation: The most affordable way to get the hotel is Uber or Lyft.

The Inn at Opryland

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