Sanford Vermillion Arts Program selected as candidate for the LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project

Voting runs through March 28

Sanford Arts Vermillion (SAV) Program in partnership with Dakota Hospital Foundation, has been selected as a candidate for the LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project, which offers $1.2 million in funding to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the U.S. Finalists will be determined through an online voting campaign that has begun at Vote.LIVESTRONG.org and runs until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 28. Sites with the top votes per region will receive financial awards of support to replicate and implement programs that have demonstrated success in improving the lives of people affected by cancer.

Grant Program Description:

The Creative Center at University Settlement Artist-in-Residence Program: Since its inception in 1994, The Creative Center has been dedicated to bringing the arts to people with cancer and chronic illness through all stages of life as a way to help them discover their own creative resources while meeting the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. The Artist-in-Residence program helps cancer survivors deal with the stresses of treatment through artistic expression. The program will work bedside and in small group settings with men, women and children – in oncology units, bone marrow transplant units, intensive care/respiratory units, hospice and palliative care programs.

Dakota Hospital Foundation is among hundreds of organizations still in contention for the award. We recognize that artistic and creative activities support the wellness of our community. If selected, SAV will use the awarded funds to bring local, fine artists into the healing centers of our community and engage the members of the cancer survivorship group in relevant art projects. We then have the opportunity, in the creation and display of these artworks to provide uplifting environments; enhance technical skills and renew camaraderie among participants.

Organizations chosen to implement one of the model programs will receive up to $15,000 to support the implementation. They will also receive a toolkit consisting of facilitator manuals, participant materials and evaluation forms; training and support from the model program’s staff; access to additional tools and resources; and a full report on the historical replication of this program upon completion.

“We are thrilled and honored to be selected as a candidate for the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s Community Impact Project,” said Ari Albright, SAV program coordinator. “We share their passion for inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer and look forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and their families.”

“I am very excited about the opportunity this grant funding could provide for our local and area cancer survivors as well as their family members and care givers. This is a new and unique avenue to support wellness through the arts and art activities,” commented Marcy Lund, facilitator of the local Cancer Support Group.

The financial awards provided by the 2012 LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project are currently being implemented at nearly 100 sites including hospitals, cancer centers, universities, and community-based organizations across the nation and will provide support to thousands of people affected by cancer upon completion. The LIVESTRONG Foundation is committed to supporting community organizations in their efforts to help cancer survivors face the challenges and changes that come with cancer and has invested more than $80 million in community-centered organizations.

About Dakota Hospital Foundation

Since its beginning in 1930, Dakota Hospital Foundation has fulfilled a mission dedicated to community health and wellness. The health care ‘pioneers’ who established Dakota Hospital Foundation (DHF) also nurtured a tradition of community health service leadership represented by today’s Foundation members.

About the LIVESTRONG Foundation
The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides free cancer support services to help people cope with the financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and philanthropist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation is known for its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – and for its advocacy on behalf of survivors and their families. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation has become a symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. Since its inception, the Foundation has served 2.5 million people affected by the disease and raised more than $500 million to support cancer survivors. One of America’s top cancer non-profit organizations, the Foundation enjoys a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and has been recognized by the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau for its excellent governance, high standards and transparency. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.

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