See YOU at the next PMP Pals' International Conference!
Do you enjoy sunshine, smiles and sharing resources for successful survivorship with other "Pals" and their families and physicians?
Join us for our next annual international PMP Pals' Network Conference weekend in beautiful Monterey, CA!
PMP Pals' Network Conference Weekends Include...
Meet & Mingle Parties
Conferences with Physicians and Patients from Around the World!
Monterey Bay Dinners!
Family Fun Days!
Pals' Annual 2013 International Conference Weekend
Saturday & Sunday October 12-13, 2012
Columbus Day Weekend!
Monterey, CA, USA
Pal patients, families, survivors and healthcare providers from around the world gather for this annual weekend of celebration, fellowship and the sharing of information and resources in sunny Monterey CA.
Many Pal families utilize the Pals' Conference Weekend as a "mini vacation" to enjoy the following:
Tour the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium and explore the beauty of the world renowned California coastline!
Visit art galleries in Pacific Grove and go wine tasting in Carmel-by-the-Sea!
Gather with your Pals Saturday night for our Meet and Mingle dinner overlooking Monterey Bay. Families welcome!
Meet on Sunday at PGA selected Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course for our Sunday Brunch with guest speakers sharing their reports on research!
Celebrate milestones including birthdays, anniversaries and special announcements with your Pals!
"Hasta la vista" dinner Sunday night!
Transportation to Monterey!
Fly into the Monterey Regional Airport, San Jose Mineta or San Francisco International Airport and spend the weekend with your Pals!
Monterey Regional Airport is conveniently located five minutes from the Conference
Mineta San Jose International Airport is 60 minutes north from the Conference
San Francisco International Airport is 90 minutes north from the Conference
Visit the Monterey Bay!
Adorable sea otters are native to the Central Coast!
Tour the Monterey Bay Aquarium!
Tour the Monterey Bay Aquarium!
Whale Watching on Monterey Bay!
Book a whale watching tour on Monterey Bay!
Tour the Pacific Grove Shoreline!
Rent a bicycle or surrey and pedal along the shoreline!
History and Art!
Visit the beautiful and historical Carmel Mission and tour the Carmel art galleries!
Sample California wines throughout Carmel Valley!
Hotels, Motels, Inns
"Pals" travel from Australia, Canada, China, the Philippines, Scotland, South Korea
and from across the USA to participate in the Pal Conference Weekends!
Highlights from previous Pal Conference Weekends!
Make your reservations for the Pals' Conference Weekend in 2013!
Schatzi welcomes you to "sign in" at the reception desk!
"Pals" gather from around the world at our Conferences!
We're saving a seat for YOU!
It's like a party when more than 100 "Pals" gather!
Pals travel from around the world to participate!
Come early for reserved seating!
Ron is a Pal RN and shares tips at our Conferences!
When Ron's dad was diagnosed with Pseudomyxoma Peritonei,
Ron turned to the PMP Pals' Network for resources.
Now, Ron, a registered nurse, serves as a Pal Mentor to other patients and their families!
Dr Martin Goodman, Surgical Oncologist, Tufts
Dr Martin Goodman explained CRS and HIPEC to our fellow patients and families!
Dr Andrew Lowy, surgical oncologist, UCSD
Dr Lowy educated us about HIPEC for appendix cancer treatment!
Dr Paul Mansfield, surgical oncologist, MDACC
Dr Mansfield reported on appendix cancer research at MD Anderson for the Pals' Conference!
Dr Brian Loggie shared research updates during last year's conference!
Dr Brian Loggie answered questions from the Pals!
Jim thanked the Pals for supporting him through surgery!
Now that Jim has recuperated from CRS and HIPEC he shared encouragement with other appendix cancer patients!
Dr Larry Lachman taught "Coping with Cancer Skills" during last year's conference!
Cancer survivor, author and psychologist,
Dr Larry Lachman and GG
Guest Speakers, Marilyn, from Australia and Ron from the Philippines!
Marilyn and Ron serve as Pal Mentors to other patients and their families!
Ron is a registered nurse and has been a "Pal" for more than a decade!
Chris and Libby welcomed you!
Chris was a patient of Dr Sardi and has been cancer free for sevej years!
Libby's husband was a patient of Dr Brian Loggie and has been cancer free for nearly a decade!
Celebrating Nancy's good health!
Gary and Nancy came to celebrate Nancy's good health!
Don and Jakki came to our Meet & Mingle Dinner to meet their Pals!
Jakki celebrated her strong recovery after surgery!
Mark has participated in Pals' Conferences for more than a decade!
Mark has been a "Pal" supporter since 1998!
Pals come to celebrate survivorship!
Mary and Wilson celebrated Mary's cancer free check up!
Dr Lowy's Patients Reunite!
Misty, Jim, Jakki and James celebrated their recuperation from surgery at the last PMP Pals' Conference!
Longtime Pals, Bud, Gabriella and Ginny!
Bud, Gabriella and Ginny have served as PMP Pal Mentors for more than a decade and participate in every PMP Pals' Network Conference!
Pals from Portugal, the Philippines and Australia!
Jenny from Portugal, Ron from the Philippines and Marilyn from Australia!
Pals sharing smiles!
Bessie, Jacque and Jacque's mom celebrate good health!
Pals share smiles!
Pal Couples including patients of Dr Sugarbaker, Dr Barone and Dr Lowy share smiles!
Pal Mentors shared news!
Linda, Misty and Bob all serve as Pal Mentors!
Pals share good food during the Saturday night Meet & Mingle Party
"Meet & Mingle" is one of the most popular (and crowded!) events during the Pals' Conference Weekends!
"Meet & Mingle" is a family event! Children are welcome!
Chuck and Carol flew in from Texas!
Chuck and Carol serve as Pal Mentors to Pals in Texas!
Marilyn and Rosemary flew in from Australia!
Marilyn serves as a Pal Mentor to other Pals around the world!
Merrily and Mary Anne welcome you to the Pals Conference!
Merrily and Mary Anne have served as Pal Mentors for more than a decade!
They are both cancer free!
Newlyweds took time out to come to join us in the fun at Monterey!
Brian and Linda serve as Pal Mentors to other couples!
Brian and Linda welcome you to the Pals' Conference Wknd!
Pals receive a warm welcome when they attend our gatherings!
Sara and Dave came to meet other Pals!
Fred from San Francisco and Brian from Denver attend the Pal Conferences annually!
Deon, Eldon and Merrily share smiles at a Pals' Conference!
These "veterans" of Dr Paul H Sugarbaker's care share resources with other patient and families!
Plan to meet new friends ("Pals!") when you come to our Conferences!
Come to Monterey and Meet Your Pals!
This is why we say "PMP is the nice peoples' disease!"
Fred and Anita have lost their spouses to PMP...
...and continue to attend the Pals' Conferences annually, in memory of their loved ones....
Pals share smiles!
Guest Speakers from Around the World!
Dr Larry Lachman shared survivorship skills at our last conference!
Pal Caregiver, Linda, shared resource during our last conference!
Jeanie, PMP patient and registered nurse, from Scotland, guest speaker
Jeanie shares tips, with the audience, for recuperating from Pseudomyxoma Peritonei treatment!
Successful CRS and HIPEC "veteran" Mark, shares his experiences!
Mark has been cancer free for ten years!
He serves as Pal Mentor to other CRS and HIPEC patients!
Don't be late to sign in!
Pals line up before the conference to sign "get well" cards for fellow patients in the hospital!
Smiles from Pals!
Eileen, Sonja, Patti and Mark!
Pals sharing smiles!
We're waiting for YOU to participate in our Pal Conferences!
More than one hundred Pals from around the world joined us in Monterey!
Have you registered yet for the Pal Conference Weekend?
We welcome YOU to our PMP Pal Network Conferences!
More than 100 "Pals" gather to share resources!
Reserve your seat early!
Have you reserved a seat for the next PMP Pals' Conference?
Singles, couples and families are welcomed!
We're saving a seat for you!
Your table is ready for at the Conference! This is the Monterey Bay theme table!
Your "green for good luck" table is ready and waiting for you!
Pals love our Meet & Mingle Dinners and our Sunday Brunch!
Bring your appetite for our buffet!
Our chef cooks to order!
"Cheers" for the PMP Pals' Network at the Meet & Mingle Dinner Saturday night!
Schatzi and Gabriella offer a toast to GG's liver transplant surgeon, Dr Rick Selby of USC Liver Transplant Center, during the Meet & Mingle dinner!
Here are just a few of our "Pal families!" at our Conferences!
Two and three generations of "Pals" attend our annual Conferences, to learn more information about appendix cancer and Pseudomyxoma Peritonei and to reunite with fellow "Pals" they have known over the years!
Dr Andrew Lowy, Gabriella, Dr Ojeda-Fournier and family!
Three generations of the Piekarski Family!
Representing "Parents of Pals" and "Young Families"
Pal Resource Groups!
Two generations of the Denham family!
The Denham family have been supporters of the PMP Pals' Network since 1998!
Dr Ojeda-Fournier and her baby share smiles!
Dr Ojeda-Fournier explained differences among PET, MRI and CT scans for Pseudomyxoma Peritonei patients!
The Bogdanoff family came in memory of Jon
The Bogdanoff Family
The Bogdanoff family reserves a table every year!
This little doll was only six weeks old when Daddy had successful CRS and HIPEC!
Here's our youngest (and nearly toothless!)
attendee at a Pals Conference!
Two generations of the Hamilton family came in memory of Hobart!
Families gather during the "meet and mingle dinner" on Saturday night!
Pals fly in to Monterey from around the world!
Longtime PMP Pals (14 years each!) GG and Jen, welcome YOU to our Conferences!
We've been Pals for over a decade!
Two of the founders of the PMP Pals' Network, Gabriella and Mark, welcome you!
GG and Dr Paul Mansfield
Dr Paul Mansfield has been a "Pal" for more than a decade!
Zhi represented China!
Zhi and Gabriella
Paul, came from Texas, in memory of his late wife, Karen
Paul and Gabriella
Yesenia and Gabriella welcome you!
Joe flew down from Washington state!
California Pals Sonja and GG!
Mark takes our photos every year!
Dr Tom McAvoy and Gabriella
GG and Chris!
Brian and Linda flew in from Kansas!
Mark, GG and Patti!
Aimee,RN, GG and Ron,RN!
Jeanie and Frank came from Scotland, representing "British Pals!"
Jeanie, Gabriella and Frank
Jeanie, GG and Mary!
Chuck and Betsy flew in from Texas!
Chuck and Betsy are parents of a "PMP Pal" and serve as Pal Mentors to other parents!
Carol and Chuck flew in from Texas!
Marilyn and Roger flew in from Texas!
Robyn, GG and Jeanne!
Jacque, GG and Randy!
Ken and Linda flew in from Colorado!
Donna and Jerry flew in from Ohio for the weekend!
Bernice's family flew in from Ohio!
Libby, Yesenia and Jen came early to set up!
Phyllis, GG and Stan!
Lori's family with GG!
San Francisco Region Pals gather to share resources!
Each regional Pal group gathers on the terrace for a "meet and mingle" session!
California Pals share smiles in the sunshine in San Juan Bautista!
Bring your sunscreen and golf clubs when you come to Pals' Conference in California!
WHC Pals! ("vets" of surgery with Dr Paul H Sugarbaker!) pose for this photo during a Pals' Conference in San Juan Bautista!
Left to right, Amy, Merrily, Tina, Jyoti, Brian, Wayne, Hobart, Matt and Gabriella gathered for a "Sugarbaker Survivors!" photo!
"Bare Bottom Bear Pals!"
Linda hand makes these little teddies, wearing "authentic" hospital gowns to send to our recuperating Pals who are unable to attend the Conference!
Wayne and Marge greet you during "meet & mingle" on the terrace!
Wayne and Marge have participated in the PMP Pals' Network for nearly 12 years!
Joe and Brenda vacationed during Conference weekend!
Many Pal Couples, like Joe and Brenda, use the PMP Pals' Network Conference weekend to enjoy activities with their fellow Pals! During this particular day, horseback riding along the beautiful Big Sur coastline was a favorite Pal destination!