Press Release

November 8, 2010
Contact: Amber Ford, LICSW, Oncology Social Worker, Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center 360-814-8255

Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center Named LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project Award Recipient
Organization will implement The Cancer Transitions Program to help people affected by cancer

MOUNT VERNON – Today Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center was announced as a LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project award recipient. The project, created by LIVESTRONG, the organization founded by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong to serve people affected by cancer and empower them to take action, will bring proven cancer support programs to 55 communities across the United States.

“We are thrilled and honored to be named as a Community Impact Project award recipient,” said Amber Ford, Oncology Social Worker, at the Regional Cancer Care Center. “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. Together, we’re making a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and their families.”

“LIVESTRONG is dedicated to providing the best direct services to people affected by cancer and encourages our supporters to be actively involved in leading the unified LIVESTRONG movement against cancer,” said Doug Ulman, president and CEO of LIVESTRONG. “The LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project is exercising an innovative approach that engages more people in our mission and allows them to play a critical role in the organization’s programming.”

One hundred seventy-nine qualified hospitals, cancer centers 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 260,000 votes were cast and Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center was among the finalists.  Oncology Social Worker Amber Ford will organize and facilitate this new program and receive special training at the LIVESTRONG Assembly in February 2011.

Cancer Transitions™ is designed to support, educate and empower people with cancer in the transitional period after treatment is over. The program incorporates support groups, education, nutrition and physical exercise, as well as addressing other medical management, psychosocial and quality of life issues. The program also provides survivors with practical tools and resources to formulate a personal action plan for survivorship beyond their participation in Cancer Transitions.

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.