SOURCE: Lance Armstrong Foundation

Lance Armstrong Foundation

April 09, 2012 06:00 ET

The Lance Armstrong Foundation Announces Community Impact Project Award Recipients

90 Organizations Will Receive More Than $1.4 Million in Resources to Help People Affected by Cancer

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - Apr 9, 2012) - Today, the Lance Armstrong Foundation announced the recipients of the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project, which is investing more than $1.4 million to bring proven cancer support programs to 90 sites across the United States. This represents the largest number of community-based financial awards granted in a single year in the history of the Foundation.

"By investing in these bold and innovative cancer support programs, the Lance Armstrong Foundation is providing inspiration and empowerment to area residents so they can band together as a community to face cancer head-on," said Doug Ulman, Foundation president and CEO. "We are grateful to each and every person who voted for making their voices heard and improving access to care for those affected by cancer."

More than 200 qualified hospitals, cancer centers, university students and community organizations in eight regions across the United States were selected to participate in the project's online voting campaign. The finalists of the campaign receive an award to help replicate and implement one or more of the following four programs:

  • 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 and chronic illness 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.

More than 450,000 votes were cast over a two-week period from March 7-23. Finalists to receive funding were selected based on overall votes throughout their region, and across the country, with each of the eight regions awarded at least two grants.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation is committed to supporting community organizations in their efforts to help cancer survivors face the challenges and changes that come with cancer. Since its inception in 1997, the organization has invested more than $70 million in community-centered organizations.

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 more than $450 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit

LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project Award Finalists

  • Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center - Phoenix, AZ
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - Little Rock, AR
  • YMCA of Greater Long Beach - Long Beach, CA
  • Simms/Mann - UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center - Los Angeles, CA
  • Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland - Oakland, CA
  • Sharp Metropolitan Medical Campus - San Diego, CA
  • Citrus Valley Health Partners - West Covina, CA
  • Ed & Ruth Lehman YMCA - Longmont, CO
  • Greater Waterbury YMCA - Waterbury - CT
  • Wilton Family YMCA Inc. - Wilton, CT
  • YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg - St. Petersburg, FL
  • Broward Health - Broward General Medical Center - Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Lakeland Regional Medical Center - Lakeland, FL
  • Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute - Tampa, FL
  • YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta Inc. - Atlanta, GA
  • Tiftarea YMCA Inc. - Tifton, GA
  • Medical Center of Central Georgia - Macon, GA
  • Floyd Medical Center - Rome, GA
  • The Queen's Medical Center - Honolulu, HI
  • YMCA of the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Area - Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines, IA
  • Saint Alphonsus - Boise, ID
  • Northwest Community Hospital - Arlington Heights, IL
  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital - Park Ridge, IL
  • YMCA of Greater Indianapolis - Indianapolis, IN
  • YMCA of Valparaiso Indiana Inc. - Valparaiso, IN
  • Indiana University Health West Hospital - Avon, IN
  • St. Vincent Cancer Care - Indianapolis, IN
  • YMCA of Greater New Orleans - New Orleans, LA
  • Baton Rouge General Medical Center - Baton Rouge, LA
  • Cancer Program of Mary Bird Perkins and St. Tammany Parish Hospital - Covington, LA
  • Old Colony YMCA - Brockton, MA
  • Anne Arundel Medical Center - Annapolis, MA
  • YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo - Kalamazoo, MI
  • Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA Inc. - Menominee, MI
  • St. John Hospital & Medical Center - Detroit, MI
  • Swan for Life Cancer Foundation - Rochester, MI
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview - Minneapolis, MN
  • Hennepin County Medical Center - Minneapolis, MN
  • Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill - Kansas City, MO
  • Mercy Hospital - Saint Louis, MO
  • The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital - Siteman Cancer Center - Saint Louis, MO
  • Tri-State Family YMCA - Neosho, MO
  • Billings Clinic - Billings, MT
  • Billings Family YMCA - Billings, MT
  • Stanly County Family YMCA - Albemarle, NC
  • Levine Cancer Institute - Charlotte, NC
  • Duke University Medical Center - Durham, NC
  • Forsyth Medical Center affiliated with Novant Health - Salem, NC
  • Sanford Health Foundation North (EMBRACE) - Fargo, ND
  • Newton Medical Center/Atlantic Health System - Morristown, NJ
  • Children's Cancer Fund of New Mexico - Albuquerque, NM
  • Montefiore Medical Center - Bronx, NY
  • VA NY Harbor Healthcare System (NYHHS) - Brooklyn, NY
  • Roswell Park Alliance Foundation - Buffalo, NY
  • New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell - New York, NY
  • Stony Brook Medicine - Stony Brook, NY
  • Stony Brook University Hospital - Stony Brook, NY
  • YMCA of Broome County - Binghamton, NY
  • YMCA Buffalo Niagara - Buffalo, NY
  • Saratoga Regional YMCA - Saratoga Springs, NY
  • YMCA of Central Ohio - Columbus, OH
  • Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County - Lansdowne, PA
  • York & York County YMCA - York, PA
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network - Pediatric Hematology/Oncology - Bethlehem, PA
  • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
  • Lankenau Medical Center - Wynnewood, PA
  • Roper St. Francis Healthcare - Charleston, SC
  • Sanford Cancer Center - Sioux Falls, SD
  • Methodist Healthcare - Memphis, TN
  • Baylor Medical Center at Garland - Garland, TX
  • Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, TX
  • Methodist Richardson Medical Center and Cancer Center - Richardson, TX
  • YMCA of the Greater Houston Area - Houston, TX
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute - Salt Lake City, UT
  • Southside Virginia Family YMCA - Farmville, VA
  • University of Virginia Health System - Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center - Charlottesville, VA
  • Centra Health - Lynchburg, VA
  • Skagit Valley Family YMCA - Mount Vernon, WA
  • YMCA of the Inland Northwest - Spokane, WA
  • Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital - Spokane, WA
  • St Joseph Medical Center: Franciscan Health System - Tacoma, WA
  • Greater Green Bay YMCA Inc. - Green Bay, WI
  • Sheboygan County YMCA - Sheboygan, WI
  • Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center - La Crosse, WI
  • Sheridan County YMCA - Sheridan, WY

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