Cancer center receives Livestrong award
The Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center
(June 30, 2011)
The Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center has received a national award that will help cancer patients improve their lives following treatment for their disease.
The center received a Livestrong Community Impact Project Awards. The project was created by Livestrong, the organization founded by in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong to serve people affected by cancer and empower them to take action.
The cancer center will use the $4,000 award to help cancer patients transition from treatment to cancer survivorship, placing a specific emphasis on helping patients and their families have the highest quality of life after diagnosis.
Hospitals, cancer centers and community organizations in eight regions across the United States were selected to participate in an online voting campaign. During a two-week period, more than 340,000 votes were cast, and the Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center was among the finalists.
"We are thrilled and honored to be named as a Community Impact Project award recipient," said Taylor Bell, community outreach coordinator for the Carolina Well Survivorship Program at the cancer center. "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."
The Livestrong Cancer Transitions program is designed to support, educate and empower people with cancer in the transitional period after treatment is over. The program incorporates support groups, education, nutrition and exercise and addresses other medical management, psychosocial and quality-of-life issues. The program also provides survivors with practical tools and resources to form a personal action plan for survivorship beyond their participation in the program.