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LIVESTRONG

January 23, 2012 07:00 ET

LIVESTRONG® Offers Funding to Hospitals, Cancer Centers and Nonprofits

Deadline to Apply Is February 10, 2012

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Jan 23, 2012) - LIVESTRONG® is pleased to announce the opening of the Foundation's 2012 Community Impact Project application process. The simple application allows people to potentially fund up to four evidence-based programs within their community that would better the lives of those affected by cancer. Funded programs will support thousands of people both during and post treatment, along with their families.

The 2012 Community Impact Project will offer nearly $1.4 million in implementation awards to 90 selected applicants including hospitals, cancer centers, university organizations and community-based organizations. The awards will fund the replication of four programs selected for their proven ability to provide necessary programming and support to those affected by cancer. This represents the largest number of financial awards LIVESTRONG has granted in a single year in the history of the Foundation. LIVESTRONG is the brand of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, created in 1997 by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action.

The programs selected for 2012 replication are:

  • The Creative Center -- Hospital Artist-in-Residence Program: Since its inception in 1994, The Creative Center has been dedicated to bringing the arts to people with cancer, chronic illness and through all stages of life as a way to help them discover their own creative resources while meeting the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. The Artist-in-Residence program helps cancer survivors deal with the stresses of treatment through artistic expression. The program will work bedside and in small group settings with men, women and children -- in oncology units, bone marrow transplant units, intensive care/respiratory units, hospice and palliative care programs.

  • LIVESTRONG at the YMCA: LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a research-based program that offers people affected by cancer a safe, supportive environment to participate in physical and social activities focused on strengthening the whole person. Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem.

  • Advanced Certification for Palliative Care: The Joint Commission's Advanced Certification for Palliative Care is designed to set standards and acknowledge hospitals providing state-of-the-art palliative care services that relieve symptoms and stress of serious illness and improve quality of life for patients. The Center to Advance Palliative Care will provide tools and training to 20 hospitals and cancer centers across the country to assist in their efforts to qualify for the Certification.

  • Pillars4Life: Pillars4Life is a patient/caregiver support program that has been proven to enhance quality of life for cancer patients and allows hospitals and their social workers to more efficiently triage and attend to the psychosocial needs of a much greater number of patients.

Organizations chosen to implement one of the model programs will receive up to $15,000 to support the implementation. They will also receive a toolkit consisting of facilitator manuals, participant materials and evaluation forms; training and support from the model program's staff; access to additional LIVESTRONG tools and resources; and a full report on the historical replication of this program upon completion.

The financial awards provided by the 2011 LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project are currently being implemented at more than 100 sites including hospitals, cancer centers, universities, and community-based organizations across the nation and will provide support to thousands of people affected by cancer upon completion. LIVESTRONG is committed to supporting community organizations in their efforts to help cancer survivors face the challenges and changes that come with cancer and has invested more than $70 million in community-centered organizations.

About LIVESTRONG/Lance Armstrong Foundation

LIVESTRONG serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world's leading cause of death. Created as the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the organization is now known publicly by its powerful brand -- LIVESTRONG -- and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. Originating with the iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG has become a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer around the world. Since its inception, the organization has raised $450 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.

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