Thursday, August 05, 2010

COM: Livestrong Foundation Grants

From the Lance Armstrong Foundation

This year we’re providing up to 65 grants to recreate and implement three community programs across the country. The programs; SuperSib’s STAR Program, Cancer Transitions, and the Creative Center’s Artist in Residence Program, help people affected by cancer deal with the emotional, physical and practical aspects of cancer.

Uniquely positioned as the only national organization that provides ongoing, targeted support to an underserved and often unrecognized cancer survivor population: siblings of children with cancer. SuperSibs! ensures that these children, the “shadow survivors,” do not feel alone, insignificant or forgotten, and can face the future with strength, courage and hope.

Cancer Transitions:
Designed to support, educate and empower people with cancer in the transitional period after treatment is over. This program addresses the long-term effects of cancer treatment, as well as survivors’ psychosocial needs during their transition to life after treatment. People that have taken part in this program worry less about the negative impacts of cancer, have better physical and social functioning, more commitment to physical activity, improvements dietary habits. The program is 2.5 hours a week for 6 weeks.

The Creative Center
Selected as a “best practice” model by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Creative Center’s Artists-in-Residence 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. The program offers their patients the opportunity to learn about and become absorbed in their own creative resources as they meet the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

This year’s award process will consist of two phases. Interested organizations will complete the application form for one of the model programs. All completed applications will be reviewed by LIVESTRONG staff for eligibility and fit with the program. Those selected will move on to the community voting campaign. Through this campaign, constituents can select which community they would like to receive funding to implement the program; this process will help determine where there is a large level of community support and a demonstrated need for these programs. Voting will begin October 4th and will last for two weeks. Voting totals will be visible throughout the voting process and will close at 5pm on October 19th where the top programs in each of the three areas will be awarded. LIVESTRONG will fund up to twenty sites for the SuperSibs! and Artist in Residence programs and up to twenty-five sites for the Cancer Transitions program.

If you know of an organization that would benefit from having one of these programs in-house, please encourage them to apply.

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