Who’s ready for a break from “You’re on Mute,” “Screens Frozen,” and “Can You See Me Now”?

Are you ready to dust off the luggage for sunny San Diego and to meet other Pals in person?

COVID interrupted connecting in person, BUT nothing could stop us from spreading HOPE through live video conferences, appropriately named “HOPE ZOOM.” Over the past two years, we’ve created friendships, experienced incredible moments, and shared support when we needed HOPE the most– virtually, but undoubtedly just as real.  Now, it’s time to get back to a live event!

Please join PMP Pals in San Diego for the 2022 LIVE Meet-Up,  to continue the HOPE ZOOM momentum of building connections, strengthening emotional resilience, learning from the experts, and inspiring hope throughout the appendix cancer/ PMP journey.

All are welcomed, whether you participate in HOPE ZOOM or have connected with PMP Pals in other ways.

Location & Host Hotel

Marriott Courtyard, Liberty Station


The Marriott Courtyard at Liberty Station is the host hotel and venue for Meet-Up activities. The hotel property is conveniently located minutes from the San Diego International Airport, within walking distance to shopping and restaurants, and next to a 46-acre park with breathtaking views of the waterfront and downtown San Diego.

The hotel offers several amenities, including a waterside bistro, lounge, heated pool, cozy fire pit, bike trails, jogging paths, paddleboard and kayak rentals, plenty of activities, and conversation areas to meet and connect with Pals.


required for all attendees & guests


The Meet-Up is FREE, including informative sessions led by medical specialists, researchers, patients, caregivers, and other providers presenting topics of interest to our community.

Registration is required for all attendees, including guests, on or before Friday, August 19, 2022.



Tell us you are attending the Meet-Up via this handy registration link.

Check your email; the registration confirmation will include the hotel room reservation link.

Make your hotel reservations through the hotel booking link. Reminder, the special room block rate is limited; guests will pay the market rate once the PMP Pals rooms are gone.

Plan your travel. Don’t delay; 2022 air travel is expected to be very busy and in high demand.

Ask. Drop Charmaine an email (charmaine@pmppals.net) with your questions.

Hotel Accommodations

Participants are responsible for individual lodging, food/beverage, and entertainment expenses.

PMP Pals has arranged a special room rate for a limited block of rooms on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Please note that guests will pay the market rate when the Pals room block is fully reserved.

Once you have submitted your registration, watch your email for the Meet-Up registration confirmation, including the hotel booking link at the special room rate.

Reservations should be made as soon as possible.
The special rate expires once all rooms in the Pals block are reserved.

Glimpse of the Weekend


HOPE Headquarters | Welcome Table
12 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
Location | Outdoor Patio
Visit the outdoor patio for casual conversations, pick up your name tag, and relax before the scheduled presentations begin.

Appendix Cancer and PMP | Presentations
2 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Location | Indoor Meeting Space

Welcome Back LIVE Conferences!

We are excited to return to the past Pals conference format of hosting rare disease experts, including internationally renowned surgeons, specialists, researchers, and providers, to share the latest diagnostic and surgical techniques, therapies, and research directly with patients and caregivers. So gear up to learn, be empowered, inspired, and most importantly, hopeful: The lineup of speakers will promote resilience and hope in fighting this rare disease. You know this will be good!

6:15 P.M.
Location | TBA
PALS Meeting PALS.
A chance to finally have that in-person conversation!


8:00 –11 A.M.

Rise and shine for coffee, conversation, and introduction of morning activities at HOPE Headquarters (the hotel patio).

Lace up your sneakers for a relaxing self-paced walk to Cancer Survivors Park. Sponsored by the Bloch Family, Cancer Survivors Park memorializes those we have lost to cancer and recognizes cancer survivors everywhere fighting the disease.

11:00 A.M.
Safe Travels.

The Meet-Up will energize our community to share hope and welcome new patients and caregivers to the PMP Pals network – AND let’s have a little fun while we’re at it. Appendix cancer numbers are rising now more than ever.

The heart of Pals’ mission to offer peer support and high-quality education is vital. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!