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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:

  • 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.
  • Camp Kesem : Camp Kesem is a university-based summer camp where college students fundraise and host camps, free of charge, for children with a parent who has, or has had cancer. The program began at Stanford University in 2001 with 37 children affected by cancer attending. Camp Kesem has since grown through replication to 41 additional universities hosting camps from Los Angeles to Boston, serving more than 1,200 children a year. This program is ideal for student government organizations and service oriented student-led organizations.
  • The Creative Center at University Settlement 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.
  • LIVE STRONG at the YMCA : LIVE STRONG 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; improving confidence and self-esteem; and ultimately practicing a healthy lifestyle, not only as part of their recovery, but as a way of life.

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.