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20th Annual Oley Consumer/Clinician Conference
“One of the best” was the refrain heard from many of the conference attendees as they left Saratoga Springs, New York this year. Over 330 people came for the 20th Oley Conference and what a conference it was!
Tuesday’s activities included a hike in the Adirondacks, the regional coordinator workshop and a high-spirited welcome reception in the evening.
Wednesday, we were entertained by the annual awards ceremony, including awards for those on HPEN for 20 years or more and the Match Game with contestants Don Young and Madalyn George-Thiemann, RN, MSN. “Gene Rayburn” looked suspiciously like Mark Klang, PharmD and the panel was filled with medical and consumer experts discussing such topics as avoiding long-term complications and clogged feeding tubes. The afternoon started with visits to our many exhibitors and lunch in the exhibit hall. Everyone then had to make the hard choice of which two breakout sessions to attend. The kids got to spend the afternoon playing laser tag and other games. To top off the day, many people attended the silent auction, which had more great items than ever. Thanks to everyone who donated and purchased items, the event raised $6,500 for Oley programs!
Thursday, we took a few thoughtful minutes to remember those Oley consumers who are no longer with us. This is always a special time. The plenary session speakers included a delightful physician from Denmark, Palle B. Jeppessen, MD, PhD, who spoke about his program’s experience with GLP-2, a growth hormone. We also heard from Laura Matarese, MS, RD, LDN, FADA, CNSD, about the effects of treating intestinal failure with diet, and Lyn Howard, MB, FRCP about trace elements. During the lunch break many exhibitors raffled off some great items. Once again, adults shared and learned through small group discussion in the afternoon breakout sessions or attended a special enteral nutrition workshop, while the kids went to the Great Escape. That evening the kids enjoyed games and crafts at Jammin’ Jammies.
Friday was the picnic. Hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken were expertly cooked on the grill with many of the Albany area consumers and clinicians contributing salads, cakes and cookies, to name just a few. Music was provided by Al & Kathy Bain. There were many games for the kids, and who will ever forget seeing Palle Jeppessen blindfolded and made up as a horse for the flat track races? What a good sport everyone was who participated in this event.
Leaving is always hard; so many wonderful people, fantastic information and a great chance to connect with clinicians and vendors, it is hard to say good-bye. We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 28 to July 1, 2006!