Each year, the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s Community Impact Project gives grants to organizations across the country to replicate programs that have proven successful in supporting people affected by cancer. These programs are designed to help cancer survivors, their families and health care professionals.
If you’re a hospital, cancer center or community-based organization, apply today to bring one of these three programs to your community!
1. Promote healing through music. The Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program is one of the longest running programs of its kind in the country. This program’s goals are to promote relaxation, decrease anxiety and stress, enhance wellness, improve pain management and provide comfort and support for cancer patients and their caregivers.
A new study has found that music therapy reduces both stress and pain levels associated with illness, treatment and hospitalization. Many patients have shared that the simple act of listening to music provided a therapeutic release, promoting healing and overall well-being during their cancer experience.
2. Developing a creative vision through photography. The Pablove Shutterbugs, Pediatric Photography Arts Program supports children (6–18) living with cancer by increasing their sense of joy, encouraging creative thinking, fostering self-esteem and developing new skills.
Pablove Shutterbugs are able to gain a sense of independence and control over their environments—feelings that can quickly become unfamiliar to a children who spend the majority of their time in treatment, recovery and under general medical supervision.
The creative experience with Pablove Shutterbugs extends far past the classroom walls, too. Graduates keep their cameras and are encouraged to keep practicing their art—often through special experiences geared toward program alumni. Check out the photos from 8-year-old Anthony, a Pablove Shutterbugs graduate, who got to be a red carpet photographer at the Golden Globes!
3. Caring for caregivers. VitalHearts, Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training support health care professionals in oncology. Treating cancer survivors creates emotional demands on health care teams, and consequently, reactions have been observed in health care providers such as depression, anxiety, persistent trauma imagery, sleep disturbances, isolation from family and friends and frequent illness, along with loss of mission optimism.
The goal of VitalHearts’ Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training (STRT) is to address these concerns to assist health care professionals with providing the best possible care to survivors, while also taking care of themselves.
A participant said about VitalHearts: “By far the most valuable thing I’ve done in the past 15 years, including individual therapy.”
Apply today for a grant to bring one of these amazing programs to your community!