NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Will Reiser, Hollywood screenwriter and executive producer of the acclaimed cancer comedy "50/50" will be honored at the 5th Annual OMG! Cancer Summit For Young Adults (OMG!) on Saturday March 31, 2012 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV.
Winner of the Best Original Screenplay award from the National Board of Review, and recently nominated for Best First Screenplay by the 2012 Independent Spirit Awards, Reiser will be the first recipient of the 'Stupid Cancer Extreme Survivor Award,' which recognizes an individual for their courage, irreverence and creativity in achieving meaningful and impactful change on behalf of the young adult cancer survivorship movement.
OMG! is the premiere oncology conference and social networking event for the young adult cancer movement. A program of the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation ("iy"), OMG! has become a pivotal healthcare event that inspires thousands of survivors, caregivers and providers—along with scores of academic, advocacy, research and support organizations—to organize, build community and unite as one to drive change. OMG! is aimed at young adult patients and survivors, their caregivers, advocates and medical professionals who work with those facing young adult cancer issues.
"I don't think there was a cancer survivor who saw this film and did not believe for one second that it signified a cultural shift in how the public relates to cancer," said Matthew Zachary, Founder and CEO of iy and a young adult cancer survivor. "For too long, the voice of the underserved young adult cancer patient has gone unheard and through Will's vision, 50/50 brought this cause to the mainstream in a way no other film has done."
"I was trying to tell a good story that felt real and honest; exposing all the absurdity, humor, tragedy and dysfunction I encountered while dealing with cancer in my mid-twenties," says Reiser. "What I didn't anticipate was how much the movie would resonate and connect with other young adult cancer patients and survivors. I'm honored and humbled to receive this award."
Registration can be found online at http://OMG2012.org. Corporations and individuals interested in sponsoring OMG2012 or exhibiting onsite can also find additional information online at http://OMG2012.org.
About the I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation
The I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation is the nation's largest support community for the next generation of patients, survivors and caregivers between ages 15-40. Our mission is to empower young adults affected by cancer. A TIME Magazine Best 50 website and FOX News Top 10 Healthcare Blog, we support a global following of friends, fans, readers, listeners and members. Since our launch in 2007, we have helped bring the cause of 'cancer under 40' to the national spotlight and rallied a new crop of activists to give a much needed voice to our forgotten population. Visit http://stupidcancer.com for more information.
Media Contact: Colleen O'Neill I'm Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, 312-301-1375, firstname.lastname@example.org
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