Finding Hope

In Times of Transition

About the Program

Spring to Life™ is an annual free program for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer, as well as their families, companions, and caregivers. Healthcare professionals are welcome and encouraged to participate in the afternoon patient-centered sessions.

Each year, patients and their loved ones join national experts, community oncologist/hematologists, and social workers to share stories and improve understanding in an entertaining and supportive environment. The theme of the 2018 program is Finding Hope in Times of Transition.


Ira Zackon

Ira Zackon

Ira Zackon, MD, is a Hematologist/ Oncologist and Director of the Stem Cell Transplant Program and President of New York Oncology Hematology, PC (NYOH) and assistant clinical professor at Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. After earning a medical degree in 1986 from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, he completed an internship and residency in medicine at Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal in 1987. Dr. Zackon completed fellowships in Hematology/Medical Oncology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire (1990-1992), and Northwestern University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois (1992-1994). At NYOH, Dr. Zackon has developed the practice’s autologous stem cell transplant program, expanded collaborative care for allogeneic bone marrow transplant patients at NYOH with regional transplant centers, and focused NYOH participation in research trials in the hematologic malignancies through the US Oncology Network and the Blood Cancer Research Partnership in association with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.
Edward Dick

Edward Dick

Edward Dick, LCSW, is a clinical social worker in private practice based in Hoosick, New York. In 1982, he earned a master’s degree in social work from Rutgers University, New Jersey. He worked as a clinical social worker at St. Peter’s Hospice in Albany, New York, from 1982 to 1990, where he served as the psycho-spiritual coordinator from 1986-1990. In July 1990, he moved to private practice. In this capacity, he provides individual, family, and group psychotherapy in multiple practice settings, including the Turning Point Counseling Center in Cambridge, and New York Oncology Hematology Practices in Albany, Clifton Park, and Troy, New York. He also provides contractual services for St. Peter’s Hospital ALS Regional Center, Community Regional Hospice, and other organizations. The primary focus of his practice is caring for patients with serious illness and their family members.

Fostering Hope

The unfortunate nature of a Cancer diagnosis is that it brings with it an ongoing series of worries and fears as tests and treatments become an integral part of a patients life.

Finding and maintaining a hopeful attitude through these transitions will be the theme of our afternoon program.


  • Introduction

    Patient & Family Registration, Light Lunch, Exhibits

  • Opening Remarks

    Ira Zackon, MD

  • Finding Hope in Times of Transition

    Edward Dick, LCSW, Hoosick, NY
    Frances Ford, LMSW, Albany NYOH, NY
    Claire Ralli, LCSW, Clifton Park NYOH, NY

  • Closing Remarks

    Ira Zackon, MD

Venue Info

Accommodations at the Albany Marriott Hotel are available for $159 per night.


or call: 518-458- 8444 and mention Group Code:  Med Ed

Reservations must be made by April 27, 2018 to receive the special rate. Please notify staff of any special needs (physical, dietary, etc.).The hotel will extend the negotiated rate to the nights before and after the conference based on availability.

Complimentary parking is available.

May. 19. 2018

Marriott Hotel 159 Wolf Rd, Albany, 12205

Planning Committee

Ira Zackon

Medical Hematology and Oncology Director
NYOH Hematology Stem Cell Transplant Program
Hematologist/Oncologist NYOH, PC
Clinical Assistant Professor, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY

Courtney Bellomo

Hematologist/Oncologist NYOH
Hematology Stem Cell Transplant Program NYOH, PC
Clinical Assistant Professor, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY

Mary Jo Tomlinson

Stem Cell Transplant, NYOH, PC
Albany, NY

Edward Dick

Clinical Social Worker
Hoosick, NY

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