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Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - Broward Health Medical Center Named LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project Award Recipient

Organization Will Receive $15,000 to Help People Affected by Cancer

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Broward Health Medical Center is a LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project award recipient, winning $15,000 for a new hospital artist-in-residence.  The Creative Center - Hospital Artist-in-Residence Program brings the arts to people with cancer and chronic illness through all stages of life. 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 and women who receive treatment in the Adult Infusion Center at Broward Health Medical Center. 

“We are proud to be named a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project award recipient,” said Heather Miller, director of cancer services, Broward Health Medical Center. “This award will directly impact 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’re making a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and their families in our area.”

The LIVESTRONG Community Impact 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, will bring proven cancer support programs to 90 communities across the United States.

“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, Foundation president and CEO.  “We are grateful to each and every person who voted for making their voices heard and improving access to care for those affected by cancer.”

More than 200 qualified hospitals, cancer centers, university students and community organizations in eight regions across the United States were selected to participate in an online voting campaign. Over a two-week period, more than 450,000 votes were cast and Broward Health Medical Center was among the finalists. Broward Health Medical Center will use the $15,000 award to provide art therapy to assist patients receiving cancer treatment in the Adult Infusion Center at Broward Health Medical Center.

Many patients report increased feelings of anxiety and fear at having to sit for over four hours enduring a painful treatment with little to distract them from the pain and negative thoughts. The art therapy will allow patients to focus on something positive rather than on the pain, cancer or their treatment.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation 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 $70 million in community-centered organizations.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 70 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. Broward Health includes Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health Physician Group and Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit BrowardHealth.org.