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IWMF Educational Forum

2018 IWMF Educational Forum
The Westin O’ Hare - Rosemont, IL
May 18-20, 2018

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The IWMF’s annual Educational Forum presents a unique opportunity for patients and caregivers to learn about our disease from specialists in Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia (WM) who are involved in many areas of clinical practice and research. Held in a different part of the United States each year, the “Ed Forum” offers something for everyone, no matter what your experience or level of knowledge.

Presentations aimed at the layperson address symptoms and complications of the disease, current treatment options, new therapies on the horizon, and recent research findings that may someday lead to a cure. Breakout sessions permit in-depth exploration of specialized topics, and opportunities for patients and caregivers to share their experiences in a safe and supportive environment.

The annual IWMF Educational Forum is your connection for education, camaraderie, and support! 

To see slides, photos, and videos from recent Educational Forum presentations, click here.


2018 Ed Forum Details and Registration Information

The 2018 Educational Forum will be on May 18-20, 2018, at The Westin O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The Westin O’Hare is very convenient to Chicago O’Hare Airport and a short walk from the Blue Line “L” train that will take you to the attractions in downtown Chicago (a 30-40 minute ride). 

To view the entire 2018 Educational Forum agenda, click here. Prior to the start of General Sessions on Friday morning, May 18, the IWMF offers an Early Bird session called the “ABCs of WM” designed for newly diagnosed and first-time Educational Forum attendees or for those who want a refresher course on the basics of WM. Everyone is welcome, but you must sign up in advance of the Educational Forum if you plan to attend this session, which will include a continental breakfast.

To register online for the 2018 Educational Forum, click here. Or print a copy of the registration form here to fill in and send with your payment to the IWMF Office. 

Early registration saves you money! The registration fee per person is $199 (US dollars) on or before April 1, 2018. Registration after April 1 is $250, and registration at the door is $275. This fee covers lunch, break, and dinner on Friday; breakfast, breaks, and lunch on Saturday; and breakfast and break on Sunday. This fee will be refunded ONLY if requested by May 6, 2018.

You are responsible for making your own room reservations. Rooms at the Westin O’Hare Hotel are currently sold out at the special rate of $125/night, but additional rooms are still available at the Westin at a higher rate. We encourage you to check back with the Westin frequently in case rooms should become available at the special rate because of cancellations. You can make online reservations at the Westin here (link is external) or call 1-847-698-6000 or Toll-Free 1 888-627 8517. If you call, mention “IWMF” or “IWMF Ed Forum” to obtain the special rate if it is still available.

As an alternative to the Westin, we have secured a block of rooms for $149/night at the Sheraton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel, which is just 1.6 miles from the Westin. These rooms are available at the special rate until April 17. You can reserve your room at the Sheraton here (link is external) or call 1-847-699-6300. If you call, mention “IWMF” or “IWMF Ed Forum” to obtain the special rate.

For your additional convenience, please see the chart at this link for hotels near the Westin. 

For those who are driving, the IWMF has negotiated a special hotel self-parking rate of $5/day.
The hotel provides regular, complimentary shuttle service to and from Chicago O’Hare Airport. To reach the Bus/Shuttle Center from the airport terminals, follow the signs to Ground Transport/Baggage Claim, then look for the signs (or red arrows on the floors) for the Bus/Shuttle Center. Proceed through the underground pedestrian walkway to the Elevator 3 Center or Elevator 4 Center. Take the elevator to the 1st level and proceed to the Bus/Shuttle Center. Once there, go to door #3 and wait outside for the Westin O’Hare shuttle van to arrive.  For domestic flights, the Westin O’Hare shuttle operates every 15 minutes from 4:45 AM-10:30 PM, every 30 minutes from 10:30 PM-1:00 AM, and upon request from 1:00 AM-4:45 AM (call 847-698-6000 to arrange pick up during off hours). Pick up at the International Terminal is available only upon request – after claiming your luggage call 847-698-6000 to arrange for pick up. Disabled-accessible shuttles are available upon request.

If you are driving:

From Chicago Midway International Airport
Get on I-55 N/Stevenson Expy from S Cicero Ave.  (2.4 mi) Continue on I-55 N/Stevenson Expressway.  Take I-90 W to Des Plaines River Rd/N River Rd in Rosemont. Take Exit 78 from I-90 W (22.3 mi).  Continue on N River Rd to your destination, 6100 N River Road in Rosemont.

From Downtown Chicago
Take the Kennedy Expressway (I-90) West to the O’Hare turn-off (I90 West). Exit at River Road. Turn left onto River Road. The hotel is located 2 blocks ahead to the left.

From the West
Northwest Toll-way (I-90) East, to the O’Hare turn-off (I90 West), exit Mannheim Road South, pass over expressway and immediately enter expressway at the Chicago 190 East sign. Exit River Road North, go 2 blocks ahead. The hotel is located on the left.

From the North
Tri-State (294) South, to 190 West to O’Hare. Exit Mannheim Road South, pass over expressway and immediately enter expressway at the Chicago 190 East sign. Exit River Road North, go 2 blocks ahead. The hotel is located on the left.

From the South
Tri-State (294) North to 190 West and stay in far left lanes for toll booth. At the stoplight turn left onto River Road. The hotel is located on the left ahead 1 block.

If you are a Support Group Leader, please enroll in the Support Group Leaders Workshop and Buffet Lunch on Thursday, May 17, from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more details, contact Support Group Coordinator Marcia Klepac.

Most meals and breaks during the Educational Forum are buffet-style and contain gluten-free and vegetarian options in addition to regular menu choices. Friday evening is reserved for the President’s Reception (with cash bar) and Welcome Dinner. The Welcome Dinner entrées are plated, so you are required to indicate one entrée on the registration form from among the following three choices:

  1. Salmon (gluten-free)
  2. Roasted Chicken Breast
  3. Roasted Vegetable Tart (vegetarian)

Traditionally, attendees make their own choices for Saturday night dinner. Because the Westin O’Hare Hotel is not located downtown, the IWMF has made dining arrangements with Carlucci Restaurant (across the street from the hotel) to provide an Antipasti Dinner Buffet from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM. The IWMF is helping with the cost, and dinner is only $25 per person including tax and gratuity! A cash bar will be available. Carlucci is also supplying a shuttle van to ferry patrons to and from the Westin O’Hare during the Antipasti Dinner Buffet hours. You must sign up in advance of the Ed Forum if you plan to attend this dinner. The following are menu items on the Antipasti Dinner Buffet:

Pizza Assortiti – Assorted specialty pizzas
Insalata della Casa – Field greens, olives, peppers, tomato, ricotta, cucumber, vinaigrette
Insalata di Gorgonzola – Field greens, heirloom apples, gorgonzola cheese, vinaigrette 
Calamari Fritti – Golden-fried tender calamari with marinara sauce
Sausage & Peppers – Grilled sausage served with peppers, roasted potatoes and light tomato sauce 
Campanelle con Spinaci – Bell-shaped pasta with fresh spinach and chive cream sauce
Caprino al Forno con Bruschette – Baked goat cheese, grilled bruschette, relishes of olives, tomatoes, mozzarella

For those who want other options for Saturday night dinner, the IWMF has arranged with the Westin O’Hare to provide shuttle service to and from the MB Financial Park from 5:30 PM-9:30 PM.  MB Financial Park includes the following restaurants: Adobe Gila’s, MacGuffin’s Bar & Lounge, Bub City, Five Roses, Fogo De Chao, Hofbrauhaus Chicago, Kings Dining & Entertainment, Park Tavern, and Sugar Factory.

The 2018 Educational Forum will include the second annual Walk for Waldenstrom’s 5K!  Last year’s inaugural Walk was very successful, and this year’s Walk will again be held on Sunday from 6:30 AM-7:45 AM. For details, go here and click on the Walk for Waldenstrom’s button.

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