Head and Neck Cancer Alliance Speaker’s Bureau

People draw more strength and knowledge from hearing directly from patients and caregivers.

At the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA), we strive to empower patients and survivors to share their journeys by understanding their disease, managing their treatment plan, celebrating their milestones and moving forward.

The HNCA Speaker’s Bureau is dedicated to educating the community at-large about these cancers. Our speakers are cancer patients, survivors and/or caregivers whose inspirational journeys give true meaning to what happens when you are diagnosed with cancer, during and post treatment. If your organization is hosting an event, conducting research on patient journeys or designing clinical protocols, contact HNCA at info@headandneck.org to identify one or more speakers.

Empower and Educate Others

Volunteer and Become a Speaker

About you

If you are a head and neck cancer patient, survivor or caregiver and would like to share your story with others to encourage early detection, promote research or advocate, please inquire about joining the HNCA Speaker’s’ Bureau. We are looking for people who are comfortable speaking in front of large and small audiences, are happy to share their journeys with the community and/or providing feedback on research projects.

What is involved?

Being a speaker is a voluntary role. All new speakers work with the HNCA Communications Director to optimize presentation skills and organize their thoughts. Once approved as a speaker, you will be contacted to share your journey at community events, with researchers and/or fundraising functions.

Your impact

By sharing their own personal experiences, representatives inspire the public with their heartwarming and real accounts of their cancer journey. A human face and first-hand experience can be powerful tools to move audiences, helping them to understand and to recognize the role of research, encouraging them to take action, and most importantly, instilling hope for finding the cure.

How to take part

Please share the below details with us, by sending it to the following, info@headandneck.org, and indicate in the subject line, HNCA Speakers Bureau Candidate. Your 6-10 paragraph personal journey and photo may appear on the HNCA website and in other material.

  • Your Full Name
  • 6-10 paragraphs of your personal journey (details of family life, age of diagnosis, type of cancer, treatment, years as a cancer survivor and other pertinent details of your cancer journey.
  • Photo – a headshot of yourself and other photos/images that convey your personal cancer journey.
  • Full contact information: full name, title, affiliation, mailing address, phone number and email address.

How to schedule an

oral, head and neck cancer

survivor speaker or event

In coordination with our HNCA Chapters, we will work with respective requestors to provide an individual who can offer his/her inspirational story with the insights, challenges, and an overall personal cancer journey narrative.

If you are looking to schedule a speaker for an upcoming event, please send an email to info@headandneck.org, indicating Speaker’s Bureau Request in the subject line, and providing the below details:

  • Event Description
  • Event date/time
  • Description of audience
  • Approximate amount of time for the presentation
  • Additional activities request of the cancer survivor, i.e. interview request for publication, etc.
  • Contact information of individual(s) requesting the cancer survivor - full name, title, affiliation, mailing address, phone number and email address.

We ask that you provide us with at least a month’s lead time to schedule a speaker for your event. Depending on the location of the event, please know that travel expenses are the responsibility of the requesting company/organization.