Thanks to Cleveland’s social media power, The Gathering Place & University Hospitals (UH) Ireland Cancer Center are winners of a LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project award. LIVESTRONG, an organization founded by Lance Armstrong to serve those affected by cancer, created the awards to fund cancer support programs in communities nationwide.
One hundred seventy-nine qualified hospitals, cancer centers and community organizations from around the country were selected to participate in an online voting campaign to compete for funding. The Gathering Place & UH Ireland Cancer Center “Cancer Transitions” program received the most votes of any group, securing more than 6,000 votes from around the world. Clevelanders posted dozens of Facebook and Twitter posts calling for support of the organizations in this effort.
The Gathering Place & UH Ireland Cancer Center will receive a joint $4,000 award to create Cancer Transitions, a program designed to support, educate and empower those transitioning out of cancer treatment. The innovative program, set to launch in early 2011, will incorporate support groups, education, nutrition and physical exercise, as well as address other medical management, psychosocial and quality of life issues. The program also will provide survivors with practical tools and resources to formulate a personal action plan for survivorship.
“We cannot thank our supporters enough for taking the time to vote for this special program and for spreading the word about our support programs as part of this effort,” said Eileen Saffran, founder and executive director of The Gathering Place. “This award will go a long way in helping those transitioning out of cancer treatment, not to mention the associated social media buzz that helped raise awareness for the many support services available to those touched by cancer locally.
“Thanks to recent innovations, cancer has become a more survivable disease,” says Trish Gallagher, BSN, RN, Manager, Office of Survivorship, UH Ireland Cancer Center. “This new program will enable us to enhance the important process of helping patients to move beyond cancer and into survivorship.”
Those interested in learning more about Cancer Transitions can contact The Gathering Place at 216.595.9546. For ongoing support-related updates and other insights from these organizations, follow The Gathering Place at www.twitter.com/touchedbycancer or www.facebook.com/TGPCaringCommunity and Ireland Cancer Center at http://twitter.com/uhhospitals or http://facebook.com/uhhospitals.
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.
Source :: Uhhospitals.org