April 23, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - St.Vincent Cancer Care was announced as a LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project Finalist and award recipient. The project, created by the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the non-profit founded by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people affected by cancer and empower them to take action, is granting St.Vincent Cancer Care with the Creative Center - Hospital Artist-in-Residence Program.
The Hospital Artist-in-Residence Program is 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 program helps cancer patients deal with the stresses of treatment through artistic expression. A local artist, Joani Rothenberg, 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.
"We are proud to be named as a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project award recipient," said Dwayne Kniola, survivorship program coordinator with St.Vincent Cancer Care. "This award will directly improve our ability to support those in our community who are affected by cancer. We want to offer our appreciation to those who voted in support of this program; together, we are making a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families in our area."
More than 100 sites across the United States applied for the grant and during a two-week period, more than 450,000 votes were cast. St.Vincent Cancer Care was one of 20 sites awarded with a grant for the Hospital Artist-in-Residence Program. The faith-based hospital will use the $15,000 award for local artist, Joani Rothenberg, to provide artistic expression opportunities to oncology patients in and outside of the hospital.
"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, Lance Armstrong Foundation president and CEO. "We are grateful to each and every person who voted, making their voices heard and improving access to care for those affected by cancer."
St.Vincent Hospitals and Health ServicesDriven by the faith of four Daughters of Charity who arrived in Indianapolis in 1881 with $34.77 in their pockets, the St.Vincent Hospital mission is to treat the poor and sick by following our Core Values of Service of the Poor, Reverence, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity and Dedication. Our healthcare ministry has grown to include seven Centers of Excellence: Women's, Children's, Orthopedics, Cardiovascular, Neuroscience, Cancer Care and Bariatrics. The ageless mission of St.Vincent remains unchanged: to minister to the minds, bodies and spirits of those in need.
About the Lance Armstrong FoundationThe 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.org.
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