Siteman Wins Support Program Grants Through Online Contest

Nov. 8, 2010 – The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine has received two awards from the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project to implement support programs for patients and families. LIVESTRONG, the organization founded by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, chose the award recipients through an online voting campaign.

One hundred seventy-nine qualified hospitals, cancer centers and community organizations in eight regions across the United States were selected to participate in the online voting. Over a two-week period, more than 260,000 votes were cast. Two Siteman programs were among the 55 finalists to receive awards:

  • Arts as Healing received a $16,000 award in the “Arts in Healthcare” category. The funding will allow Arts as Healing to implement an artists-in-residence program that helps patients learn about and become absorbed in their own creative resources as they meet the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. The program will work at patients’ bedsides and in small group settings.
  • Social worker Anne Rihanek submitted a proposal that received $4,000 in the “Cancer Transitions” category. The award will be used to support, educate and empower people with cancer in the transitional period after treatment is over. The program also will provide patients with practical tools and resources to formulate a personal action plan for survivorship.

“We are thrilled and honored to be named as a Community Impact Project award recipient,” says Arts as Healing facilitator Vicki Friedman, director of Washington University School of Medicine’s Medical Photography, Illustration and Computer Graphics (MedPIC) department. “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.”

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.