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First Balkan Survivor Convention – a report

14 – 18 August 2013, Belgrade (Serbia)

A first Balkan Survivor Convention was held in Belgrade (Serbia) from 14 – 18th of August 2013. Fifty survivors from six countries attended at this unforgettable meeting.

If you are reading this text, you are probably familiar with a term ‘survivor’. Survivor is a person that survived cancer. When you tell you are a survivor, people look at you differently. They don’t know what to say, they become nervous and sad. That is one of the reasons we decided to arrange the First Balkan Survivor Convention. We want to change the world, and we can do it!

The convention was held in Belgrade, Serbia from the 14th to the 18th of August 2013. Three national parent organisations (Zvoncica, Cika Boca and Uvek sa decom) made this come true. Fifty survivors, six countries, four days, many workshops, plenty of fun activities – an unforgettable convention.

Survivorship is relatively new in the Balkan region; and before the convention there were only two networks (in Bosnia and Serbia). But after the convention every country decided to establish their own network.

The name of the convention was “I want to know” – and we did learn many things from the presentations held by doctors, actors, nutritionists, fitness trainers and healthy lifestyle trainers, but also from the conversations we had among the survivors.

We found a translation for term ‘survivor’, and made it an official name in the Balkans: MladiCe. It is hard to explain, but it means something new, young, and when you split the word, ‘mladi’ means young, and ‘C’ stands for cancer.

This was a great experience for us, and we can’t wait to see each other next year. We plan to make this a regular yearly meeting because we need to learn new things, to spend time together and try to make a difference!

Neira Kameric,
President of MladiCe Bosnia and Herzegovina
(Bosnia and Herzegovina)

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