St.Vincent Cancer Care Selected as Finalist for the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project

Programs that improve the lives of people affected by cancer to be awarded in online voting campaign.

Ashley Keebler

Livestrong Community Project

INDIANAPOLIS - St.Vincent Cancer Care has been selected as a finalist to receive a grant for the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program as part of the LIVESTRONG®  Community Impact Project, which was created to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the U.S. Grantees will now be determined through a public, online voting campaign on vote.LIVESTRONG.org.

"We are honored to be named as a LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project finalist," 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 encourage all Hoosiers to go online and vote in support of this program; together, we can make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families in our area."

The Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program is designed to help patients and their family members deal with the physiological and psychosocial impact of any form of cancer. Music therapy is proven to reduce stress and pain levels associated with illness and hospitalization. For many patients, the simple act of listening to music provides a therapeutic release, promoting healing and overall wellbeing. If awarded the grant, clinical music therapy services would be provided on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Two part-time music therapists would be available to conduct sessions with patients either at the bedside or in common areas of St.Vincent Cancer Care. Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program has served 2,175 patients/caregivers and conducted 5,842 sessions across the country.

After the voting period comes to a close, the 39 organizations with the top votes in seven geographical regions across the country will receive up to $15,600 to replicate and implement one of three sustainable programs dedicated to supporting people living with cancer. Since 2001, the LIVESTRONG Foundation has funded more than 200 programs nationwide, helping millions of patients, survivors, families and caregivers affected by cancer from the moment of diagnosis through survivorship.

The 2014 Community Impact Project will offer $1 million in implementation awards to 39 finalists. The LIVESTRONG Foundation is committed to supporting community organizations in their efforts to help cancer survivors face the daily challenges that come with cancer, and has replicated nine programs in 600 communities throughout the U.S. - an investment of more than $80 million. 

Voting ends at 5 p.m. CST on April 11. For more information about the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project and to vote, visit http://vote.livestrong.org/.  For more information about St.Vincent Cancer Care, visit http://www.stvincent.org/cancercare/.

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St.Vincent Hospitals and Health Services
Driven 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 LIVESTRONG Foundation
The LIVESTRONG Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. Created in 1997, the Foundation is known for providing free cancer support services and advocating for policies that improve access to care and quality of life. Known for its powerful brand - LIVESTRONG - the Foundation has become a symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. Since its inception, the Foundation has served 2.5 million people affected by the disease and raised more than $500 million to support cancer survivors. One of America's top non-profit organizations, the Foundation has been recognized by industry leaders including Charity Navigator, the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau for its excellent governance, high standards and transparency. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.