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Schedule of Events

The 2024 Schedule of Events will be released in the Spring. As a general reference, here is the 2023 schedule:


Saturday, September 23

Tough2gether Against DIPG Breakfast


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Oldies but Goodies Meet Up

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Location: Corner Bakery, 14 St. NW, Washington, DC

Join other 30+ year olds who are survivors of childhood & AYA cancer to connect and enjoy breakfast together.

This is an informal volunteer-organized gathering. No registration is required. Breakfast is self-pay.

Contact Carolyn at or Mariah at for more details. 

Express, Create & Heal Workshops

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The goal of this session is to help survivors, fighters and siblings (ages 3 - 19) make big feelings a little less scary, provide tools and activities that make sharing big emotions easier, and to create a space for healing and resilience -- all while creating community and having fun!

Hosted by CureFest and A Moment of Magic

 Limited spots available.

The CureFest Collective - exclusively for fighters, survivors and siblings ages 20 - 29 years old: The 20s Edition Young Adult - Lunch


11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Details coming soon.


Hosted by CureFest

Rally to the Capitol (now inside the JW Marriott)

The format of the Rally to the Capitol has changed to an indoor advocacy session. Anyone planning on attending should meet at the JW Marriott Salon D&E from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.


We will hear from childhood cancer families and a grassroots focused organization. We will also record video messages to Congress and write notes to the Biden Cancer Moonshot. Everyone is asked to bring their phone fully charged and a pen. Also, feel free to bring any signs you have made. 

​CureFest Meet and Greet (now inside the JW Marriott)

Informal gathering of childhood cancer families and advocates

5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at JW Marriott in Salon 1.

Hosted by CureFest

CureFest Night of Golden Lights

Speeches and performances by members of the childhood cancer community and medical community

7 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the JW Marriott in the Grand Ballroom.

Hosted by CureFest

​CureFest Candlelight Vigil (now indoors)

A powerful vigil honoring individuals and families impacted by childhood cancer

9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the JW Marriott Grand Ballroom

Hosted by CureFest

Sunday, September 24

Hope, Healing and Heaven Worship Service

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. at the JW Marriott in Salon G.


Music by Sydney Sherwood and a Message of Hope from Pastor Alan Disbrow. 

No RSVP necessary. 

Hosted by Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation

CureFest Festival (now indoors)

The CureFest Festival will begin at 10 a.m. with kids’ activities in Salon 1 of the JW Marriott. (Games, Crafts, Face Painting.) 

At 11 a.m., there will be performances, speeches and tributes.

Hosted by CureFest

Childhood Cancer Shoe Memorial Ceremony (now indoors)

There will be a indoor shoe memorial display consisting of all shoes that have been sent to us by bereaved families. (Approximately 200) Due to space restrictions, we will not include the shoes donated by the general public.

Hosted by CureFest and the 1Voice Foundation

CureFest Walk

This part of CureFest has been cancelled due to the weather. 

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