St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Selected As Candidate
For The Livestrong Foundation Community Impact Project
Voting Now Open and Runs Through March 28
Pontiac, Mich. – St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) has been selected as a candidate for the LIVE STRONG Foundation Community Impact Project , which offers $1.2 million in funding to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the U.S.
Finalists will be determined through an online voting campaign that began March 12 at Vote.LIVE STRONG .org and runs until 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 28. Sites with the top votes per region will receive financial awards of support to replicate and implement programs that have demonstrated success in improving the lives of people affected by cancer.
SJMO is among hundreds of organizations still in contention for the award. If selected, SJMO will use the awarded funds to implement an Artist-in-Residence Program in the new Cancer Resource and Support Center to provide ongoing programming in integrative/complementary therapies, including the healing arts. The focus of the center is to improve the knowledge and quality of life of patients living with cancer, along with addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs that are part of cancer treatment and survival for both patients and their family members.
“We are honored to be selected as a candidate for the LIVE STRONG Foundation's Community Impact Project,” said SJMO President and CEO Jack Weiner. “We share the foundation's passion for inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer and look forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and their families. We feel an Artist-in-Residence Program that provides healing arts therapy will be a wonderful addition to our new Cancer Resource and Support Center.”
Organizations chosen to implement one of the model programs will receive up to $15,000 to support the implementation. They also will receive a toolkit consisting of facilitator manuals, participant materials and evaluation forms; training and support from the model program's staff; access to additional tools and resources; and a full report on the historical replication of this program upon completion.
The programs chosen for replication in 2013 are:
The financial awards provided by the 2012 LIVE STRONG Community Impact Project are currently being implemented at nearly 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. The LIVE STRONG Foundation 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 $80 million in community-centered organizations.