SOURCE: Lance Armstrong Foundation

Lance Armstrong Foundation

April 16, 2012 10:22 ET

The Lance Armstrong Foundation Is Serving More People Affected by Cancer Than Ever Through Its Free Navigation Services

A Year of Service in East Austin Shows Promise, Lives Changed

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Apr 16, 2012) - Today, the Lance Armstrong Foundation announced that since expanding its free navigation services for people affected by cancer a year ago, they have served a record-breaking number of clients. Nearly 15,000 people, a 35% increase over the previous year, have been served nationally through the Foundation's free, confidential one-on-one support services offered online, by phone and in-person in English and Spanish. In the past year, the Foundation's navigation services have also succeeded in increasing their reach to the Hispanic community by 111% and have saved their clients $3.3 million in medical expenses. The Foundation shares the success of their navigation services with their outstanding partners and collaborators: the Patient Advocate Foundation, EmergingMed, Imerman Angels and the Navigate Cancer Foundation.

"It can take an average of 17 years for research to result in patients getting new treatments," said Doug Ulman, Foundation president and CEO. "But the Foundation's navigation services are designed to help people today with the practical challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis. We are pleased that more people are accessing our services, but know there are so many more who need our help and it's our goal to reach them."

The expansion of the navigation services most notably included the addition of the Foundation's first in-person option at the LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center in East Austin, an underserved part of the city. This community-based center, one of just two facilities of its kind in the U.S., was created to help survivors from Central Texas and their friends, family, health care professionals and caregivers overcome the tough challenges that arise after a diagnosis, including insurance problems, treatment concerns and dealing with the emotional impact of the disease.

Gabriel Camarillo, 20, is a Central Texas survivor who has benefited from the Center's services in the past year.

"I was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia when I was two, and I still need to have regular follow-up visits. I am a part-time student and didn't have insurance, so I hadn't had any checkups for almost three years," said Gabriel. "I never knew LIVESTRONG had services for young adults. It's not like other places I've gone. The process was easy, and the navigator helped me find insurance that wasn't too expensive. He connected me to an organization that could help me with financial assistance, and he also helped me apply for two scholarships that I ended up receiving."

As part of their effort to reduce the cancer burden in the community, the Center is now offering the Community Education Discussion Forum, a series of classes -- offered in English and Spanish -- for anyone affected by cancer looking to learn more about issues like nutrition and dietary needs, transitions for those survivors coming out of treatment, parenting with cancer and financial advice for dealing with medical expenses.

On Sat., Apr. 21, the Foundation is offering free training rides, breakfast and tours of LIVESTRONG Headquarters and the LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center, both located at 2201 East Sixth Street, for the public. The rides begin from LIVESTRONG Headquarters at 8:00am and include two distances: 25 miles led by the Austin Flyers and 40 miles led by Cycle Camp USA. Mechanics from Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop will be on hand for any minor pre-ride bike fixes. Public tours begin at 8:30am. The rides and tours are open to the public and anyone interested in attending is encouraged to RSVP to teamlivestrong@livestrong.org.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation's navigation services can be accessed the following ways:

About the Lance Armstrong Foundation
The Lance Armstrong Foundation serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world's leading cause of death. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation became a symbol of hope and inspiration to people throughout the world affected by cancer. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation provides free patient navigation services to survivors with financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Known for its powerful brand -- LIVESTRONG -- the Foundation is also a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people living with cancer today. Since its inception in 1997, the Foundation has raised nearly $500 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.

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