UNC Named LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project Award Recipient
CHAPEL HILL, NC - Carolina Well-UNC Lineberger’s Survivorship Program was announced as a LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project award recipient. The project, created by LIVESTRONG, the organization founded by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong to serve people affected by cancer and empower them to take action, will bring proven cancer support programs to 55 communities across the United States.
“We are thrilled and honored to be named as a Community Impact Project award recipient,” said Marci Campbell, PhD, MPH, RD, Director of Carolina Well and a professor of nutrition at UNC-Chapel Hill. “This award will go a long way in helping people in our community who are affected by cancer. We want to give special thanks to everyone who voted in support of this program. Together, we’re making a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and their families.”
“LIVESTRONG is dedicated to providing the best direct services to people affected by cancer and encourages our supporters to be actively involved in leading the unified LIVESTRONG movement against cancer,” said Doug Ulman, president and CEO of LIVESTRONG. “The LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project is exercising an innovative approach that engages more people in our mission and allows them to play a critical role in the organization’s programming.”
One hundred seventy-nine qualified hospitals, cancer centers and community organizations in eight regions across the United States were selected to participate in an online voting campaign. Over a two-week period, more than 260,000 votes were cast and UNC was among the finalists. UNC will receive a $16,000 award to purchase art supplies and hire an artist to work with patients.
The Creative Center’s Artists-in-Residence program offers patients the opportunity to learn about and become absorbed in their own creative resources as they meet the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. 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 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 $68 million in community-centered organizations.
About Carolina Well
Carolina Well was created as part of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center efforts to improve cancer survivorship services for North Carolinians touched by cancer, along with the Carolina Comprehensive Support Network and the UNC Cancer Outreach Program. UNC Lineberger is one of only eight LIVESTRONG centers in the country, and is the only one in the Southeast. The program is collaborating with experts across the nation and at home to empower cancer survivors and their families across the state to have the highest possible quality of life, during and after treatment. To fulfill this mission, Carolina Well is providing a variety of programs and services to help keep survivors moving forward. For more information, visit http://www.carolinawell.org/home.do.
Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong and based in Austin, Texas, LIVESTRONG fights for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. LIVESTRONG connects individuals to the support they need, leverages funding and resources to spur innovation and engages communities and leaders to drive social change. Known for the iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG's mission is to inspire and empower anyone affected by cancer. For more information, visit www.LIVESTRONG.org.