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UOAA Conferences & Events – Upcoming

Note: This page contains information on future UOAA events. For information about previous UOAA Conferences, see our page of Archived Info from Past Events.

Also note: The events listed on this page consist of UOAA National and Regional Conferences, or other events promoted by the UOAA national organization. For local events sponsored by local support groups, see the Support Group Announcements section of our discussion board.

May 2-4, 2014 • UOAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference • Holiday Inn Washington Dulles Hotel
Now through April 14, all Individual Registrations have been reduced to $45.
(Refunds to those that have paid prior registration fees available on request.)

HURRY, HURRY, HURRY, time is fleeting!
(Banquet prices and Exhibition fees remain the same.)
QUESTIONS: Email Bill Hawes
The 2014 UOAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference is coming in May 2014. Registration is open for this event. Those in the Mid-Atlantic area are probably thinking that winter will never end and can’t envision a beautiful spring in Northern Virginia. The conference will have great entertainment, such as:
Keynote speaker at Saturday morning’s opening session – Mr. Lou Lawrence. Lou holds a BA from Virginia Tech/St. Leo College; an MA from George Washington University, and he did some doctoral studies at Virginia Tech. He has been the in Defense Industry for over 35 years. Lou is a Subject Matter Expert in Human Factors Engineering. Currently Lou is President of On Point Solutions which provides consulting services in the areas of capture management and proposal management. A recent Urostomate (2011), Lou offers an insightful presentation called “The New Normal.” I can guarantee that you won’t want to miss this!
Our evening Banquet speaker, perhaps needing no introduction, is Brenda Elsagher. Brenda has been an ostomate for 19 years and is a national keynote speaker, author and comedienne. She has authored four books: “If the Battle is Over, Why am I still in Uniform?”, “I’d Like to Buy a Bowel Please!”, “Bedpan Banter” and her latest “It’s in the Bag and Under the Covers.” Brenda provides real talk laced with amusing anecdotes and hilarious laughter. You won’t want to miss this experience.
We will also have superb workshops, such as:
“Sex & The Ostomate: Go Ahead & Have Fun.” A look at dating, intimacy, sexuality and care giving, including emotional and self-esteem issues. The leader for this workshop, an ostomate herself, is Aileen Gould. Aileen holds an MS and is a Nationally Certified Counselor, New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Psychotherapist, and
“Advances in Ostomy Surgery,” which is focused on all types of ostomies, laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery. This workshop will be led by Dr. Othon Wiltz, MD, FASC, FASCRS of Washington Colorectal Surgery. Dr. Wiltz has been named one of the top doctors in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area by both the “Washingtonian Magazine” and the “Northern Virginia Magazine” in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
We will have exhibits headlined by Hollister Incorporated, Coloplast and ConvaTec, plus others.
Please try to make your reservations by April 14th to allow time for processing and other arrangements. Thank you.
May 3, 2014 • Walk for Bladder Cancer 2014 • Many Locations
From our friends at the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network:
Participate in the Walk for Bladder Cancer 2014
The Walk for Bladder Cancer, an annual initiative sponsored by the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) to raise awareness of bladder cancer, will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Please consider getting involved and joining a walk in your community. Over 70 walks are already being planned in over 30 states with more to come! View a map of the walks already scheduled at Contact the walk organizer, and walk as a local UOAA team! If you do not see a walk in your area, organize one and make it an outreach program within your community. To learn more about what is involved in planning a walk, complete a “Walk Organizer Registration” form or email In addition, BCAN is hosting a series of webinars on organizing and fundraising for your walk. Visit the BCAN website at for more information.
July 7-12, 2014 • Youth Rally • San Diego State University • San Diego CA
Youth Rally is a camp for adolescents of ages 11-17 with various types of bowel and/or bladder dysfunction and/or diversion. The campers learn independence, gain confidence, and find the understanding and support they need through the camp programs and the connections and relationships they form with the “Rally Family.” For more information, see the Youth Rally website and the Application Forms for attending this year’s Rally.
Oct 4, 2014 • UOAA Ostomy Awareness Day • Everywhere

Ostomy Awareness Day, Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sept 1-6, 2015 • Fifth UOAA National Conference • St Louis MO

St Louis 2015 UOAA Conference Logo