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RRI Conferences:

Interested in hosting a Reach to Recovery international Breast Cancer Support Conference?

The first step is to complete our Application to Qualify to Bid to Host a Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference. This Application must be completed and approved by RRI before a formal bid can be submitted by your organisation.

RRI also welcome bids from organizations interested in hosting smaller scale, regional conferences that are suitable to our delegates.

RRI has made the very difficult decision to cancel the Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference that was to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico from 22 - 25 September 2022. Given the current surge in COVID cases and the effect COVID is having on the availability and price of flights and the world economy in general, RRI's Board of Directors and advisors find it necessary to terminate RRI's involvement in the Conference. We sincerely apologise to those of you who have gone to great effort to plan for and assist with the Conference.

RRI is in the process of planning a series of virtual sessions for its constituents and will make an announcement regarding the sessions as soon as possible.

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2019 RRI Conference held in Prague, the Czech Republic

More than 200 delegates and speakers representing 29 different countries gathered in Prague from 12-15 June for the 19th Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Support Conference! The conference theme, Building bridges toward recovery, emphasized the importance of working together to support and advocate for breast cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. At the same time, it paid homage to the scenic bridges which span the Vltava river that runs through the Prague.

Past Reach to Recovery International Conferences

  • Prague, Czech Republic (2019)
  • Beijing, China (2015)
  • Cape Town, South Africa (2013)
  • Taipei, Taiwan (2011)
  • Brisbane, Australia (2009)
  • Stockholm, Sweden (2007)
  • Athens, Greece (2005)
  • Lisbon, Portugal (2003)
  • Grado, Italy (2000)
  • Ljubljana, Slovenia (1998)
  • Stockholm, Sweden (1996)
  • Spain (1994)
  • Trieste, Italy (1992)
  • Luxembourg (1990)
  • France (1988)
  • Israel (1986)
  • Dublin, Ireland (1984)
  • Switzerland (1982)
  • Copenhagen, Denmark (1980)

Past Asia-Pacific Regional Conferences

  • Mumbai, India (2006)
  • Singapore (2004)
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2002)
Dr. Fatima Cardoso of Portugal accepts the 2019 Health Professional Medal.


Two major awards are presented at each Reach to Recovery International Conference, the Terese Lasser Award and the Health Professional Medal. Terese Lasser was the first-ever Reach to Recovery volunteer and founder of the Reach to Recovery movement. The Terese Lasser Award is conferred on a RRI volunteer who has introduced, initiated, or contributed to the development of a new Reach to Recovery program in an exceptional way.

The Health Professional Medal is conferred on an outstanding health professional who has facilitated a voluntary breast cancer support program, encouraged and supported volunteers, aided recognition of volunteers by their community, and supported volunteers’ endeavors to spread their activities to new communities.

Terese Lasser Award Recipients

  • Leonie Young, Australia (2019)
  • Sofia Abreu, Portugal (2015)
  • Mary Onyango, Kenya (2013)
  • Ranjit Kaur, Malaysia (2011)
  • Gloria Lin, Taiwan (2009)
  • Maria Cunha Matos, Portugal (2007)
  • Ann Steyn, South Africa (2005)
  • Henriette Nesbitt de Almeida, Portugal (2003)
  • Takako Watt, Japan (2000)
  • Francoise Van Schuylenbergh, Belgium (1998)
  • Terttu Mertanen, Finland (1996)
  • Helega Flatauer, Brazil (1994)
  • Luisa Marse, Belgium (1992)
  • Denise Escudier, France (1990)
  • Lea Marador, Israel (1988)
  • Margot Genoa, Romania (1986)

Health Professional Medal Recipients

  • Fatima Cardoso, Portugal (2019)
  • Marcia Watts, USA (2015)
  • Jenny Edge, South Africa (2013)
  • Jacqueline Whang-Peng, Taiwan (2011)
  • Chen Har Yip, Malaysia (2009)
  • Olwyn Ryan, Ireland (2007)
  • Tom Hudson, Ireland (2005)
  • Rajendra A Badwe, India (2003)
  • Mary Murray, Ireland (2000)
  • Krystyna Mika, Poland (1998)
  • Graeme Brien, Australia (1996)
  • Vegelji Pirc, Ljubljana (1994)
  • Eugeny Demin and Valentina Chulkora, Russia (1992)
  • Raymond Barmont, French Cancer League (1990)
  • A Holleb, USA (1988)
  • O Jallut, Switzerland (1986)
  • P Denoix, France (1984)
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