MTM-CNM Family Conference Newsletter
We're Almost There!
July 2015

We are just under the two weeks mark for the 2015 MTM-CNM Family Conference! Don't you feel the anticipation building? Our team echoes the sentiments of one MTM mom's statement,  "I'm so excited I can't stand it!" 

So with the conference almost upon us, we  want to share some helpful tips and information to assist your travel plans.

In This Issue
What to Wear
Local DME Resources
In Case of Emergency
The Weekend Flow
Conference Planning Team
What to Wear: Keeping It Casual
updated with new website

As you plan your trip, you may be wondering what kind of clothes to bring. 

Our goal is to have a fun, enjoyable conference, so please just wear whatever makes you feel comfortable!

The Hilton Garden Inn O'Hare has a pool--and it is July--so you may also want to pack a swimsuit! 

On Saturday, especially for the afternoon and evening, we are asking all attendees to please wear your conference t-shirts for when we take the group photo (like the one above from 2013). The picture will be taken some time before dinner.


Local DME Companies

Some of our families may be able to cut down the amount of supplies they need to transport with them by requesting a DME company in the area to provide those necessities. 

Our team touched base with some of the nearby families to find out which DME supplies them; the numbers are below. 

You may try to contact them directly or have your regular DME call to negotiate the delivery of your supplies.

Apria Healthcare 847-252-2000

Independence Plus (IPI) 708-366-4500

LifeTech Healthcare 888-800-9445 (Brian Dacy, the president, may be reached by email)

Shield Healthcare 888-654-5637

Thank you to the Ocampo-Vasquez, Rocha-Munoz, and Whiston families for this information!

The McDermott family, traveling to the conference all the way from California, kindly shared with us the DME's in the area who helped them. See the following list:

Also LifeTech  650 W Grand Ave, Ste 308, Elmhurst, IL 60126 
888-800-9445 (Contact Maribel)

Healthcare Solutions Group 847-982-9880 (Contact Jorge Bolano)

Philips Respironics Local Acct Manager 312-590-4992 (Contact Chris Galetto)

Thank you, Daniel and Robin for this information, too!


Local Hospital
Lurie Children's Hospital
We hope that all of our attendees will enjoy good health during the conference, but we are aware that incidents and concerns may arise. 

Should your child need medical attention,  Lurie Children's Hospital is a nearby leading Children's Hospital. The address of the main hospital (also where the ER is located) is:

225 E. Chicago Ave. 
Chicago, IL 60611


Please be in touch with us via email or you may post in the MTM-CNM Family Conference Facebook group if you have any questions or have additional tips to share! 

We wish you all safe, happy travels, and we look forward to greeting old friends and making new ones!

The MTM-CNM Family Conference planning team!
MTM-CNM Family Connection
The Weekend Flow
General outline of the conference events:


Community Connections :
Gather at  2PM and sign in to receive your conference packet, program, and t-shirts.
Get to know our corporate sponsors, community foundations, researchers, and other families in a fun social setting.

Friday Night Dinner:
Opening remarks and family introductions


Morning speakers
See our last newsletter for the list of speakers

Kids' activities


Afternoon Speakers

Afternoon Activities options
Medical forum; Hot topics session for families; families may want to rest or lounge at the pool, visit Rosemont, shop at the outlets, or play at the nearby casino.
Some may want to visit sites in downtown Chicago.

Group Photo!
Please make sure to be present and ready with your conference t-shirt for the traditional group photo of all the attending families, doctors, researchers, and advocates.

Saturday Night Dinner and Family Variety Show


Morning speakers

Kids' activities


Community Closing

*Breakfast is included with the room cost for those with reservations at the Hilton Garden Inn.

**The MTM-CNM Family Conference will provide Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday lunch for our registered guests.


Contact the Planning Team
Shannon, Marie, and Erin
Shannon, Marie, Erin
& Mark (taking the photo!)
When you check-in on Friday--if you haven't yet met Erin, Marie, Mark, and Shannon--just look for the people wearing big smiles and the purple polos with the MTM-CNM Family Connection logo! We'll be glad to help you!

Also please take note of the following mobile numbers in case you have questions and need to call or text us during the weekend. 

We are here to serve!

Erin Ward(978) 697-1619

Marie Wood(757) 630-6150

Mark Ward: (978) 697-3600

Shannon Mashinchi(503) 807-3979

Mark and Will
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