CancerCare of Long Island Assumes Leadership Role in National Survivorship Program
Office to Manage Intake Center for Lance Armstrong Foundation and the LIVESTRONG™ SurvivorCare Program
WOODBURY, NY, February 28, 2006--Cancer_Care _of Long Island announced today that it has been chosen to assume a leadership role in a national survivorship program funded by and in partnership with the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF). The announcement came in tandem with the honoring of the LAF at CancerCare's Human Services Award Dinner benefiting the national organization.
In this leadership role, CancerCare of Long Island will manage the intake center for phone calls and emails sent to the LAF, many of which are referred to CancerCare as part of the LIVESTRONG™ SurvivorCare program. CancerCare and the LAF together launched LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare in May 2004 to provide people affected by cancer with physical, emotional and practical information and support from the moment of diagnosis to after cancer treatment.
"With cancer survivorship rapidly gaining more and more national attention, CancerCare of Long Island is proud to have been chosen to manage this important program," said Karen Hartman, MSW, Survivorship Program Coordinator for CancerCare. "Not only does it demonstrate the LAF's faith in our excellent client service, but also makes our survivorship services more accessible for Long Island residents who are affected by cancer."
Challenges cancer survivors often face include fear of recurrence, sadness and depression, late and long-term treatment side effects, infertility and health insurance problems and even adjustment to wellness. Cancer survivors and their loved ones may utilize LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare to speak to one of CancerCare's professional oncology social workers about their questions and concerns. Call toll-free at 1-866-235-7205 or visit www.livestrong.org.
Today, LAF President and Chief Executive Officer Mitch Stoller will receive the Beacon Award at CancerCare's annual Human Services Award Dinner benefiting the national organization. This award is presented annually to an individual whose organization has had a direct and measurable impact on the services CancerCare provides. In addition to providing support for the LIVESTRONG™ Intake Center, the LAF also helped provide emergency financial assistance to hundreds of CancerCare clients affected by the Gulf Coast Hurricanes.
About CancerCare of Long Island
CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free professional support service to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare programs--including counseling, education, financial assistance and practical help-- are provided by trained oncology social workers and are completely free of charge.
CancerCare of Long Island was founded in 1976 to ensure that Long Island residents had full access to CancerCare programs. CancerCare of Long Island provides individual help to more than 15,000 people each year. Find out more about CancerCare by calling 1-800-813-HOPE (4673) or visiting www.cancercare.org.
About the Lance Armstrong Foundation
The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) inspires and empowers people affected by cancer. We help people with cancer focus on living; we believe that unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. From the moment of diagnosis, the LAF provides the practical information and tools people with cancer need to live life on their own terms. The LAF serves its mission through advocacy, public health and research. Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the LAF is located in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.livestrong.org.