by Doug Ulman
2011 was a banner year for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, thanks to innovative service, hard work, and your support. We celebrated having served more than 2.3 million cancer survivors with our patient navigation services since opening the doors in 1997. In March we expanded those services with the opening of the LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center in East Austin, an historically underserved community where we knew we were needed the most. Since expanding our free navigation services for people affected by cancer a year ago, we have served a record-breaking number of clients. We expected to help around 500 people in the Austin area through our new center. Instead, over 1,200 survivors in the Austin area turned to the Navigation Center for help. Nearly 15,000 people, a 35% increase over the previous year, have been served nationally through the Foundation’s free, confidential one-on-one support services offered online, by phone, and in-person in English and Spanish. In the past year, the Foundation’s navigation services have also succeeded in increasing their reach to the Hispanic community by 111% and have saved their clients $3.3 million in medical expenses.
The physical, emotional and practical services we offer have never been in a higher demand than they are today. In 2011, the number of Americans living with cancer reached 12 million. Based on recent National Cancer Institute Data, one in every two American men and one in every three American women will face the disease at some point in their lives. And the World Health Organization expects new cancer diagnoses to grow by one percent annually to an eventual 27 million new cases worldwide by 2030. From local to national to global, the Foundation continues to do everything in our power to expand access to the care and support that can have a lifesaving impact for the world’s 28 million cancer survivors.
We invite you to read the 2011 Lance Armstrong Foundation Annual Report in its entirety online and we thank you for your support and dedication to the foundation’s mission.
President and CEO
Lance Armstrong Foundation