(Covington, La.) – Today, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital is announcing its selection as a LIVESTRONG®Community Impact Project Finalist and award recipient. The project, created by the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the non-profit founded by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people affected by cancer and empower them to take action, will bring proven cancer support programs to 90 communities across the United States.
“We are proud to be named as a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project award recipient,” said Chryl Corizzo, director for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. “This award will directly impact our ability to support those in our community who are affected by cancer. We want to offer our appreciation to those who voted in support of this program. Together, we’re making a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and their families in our area.”
“By investing in these bold and innovative cancer support programs, the Lance Armstrong Foundation is providing inspiration and empowerment to area residents so they can band together as a community to face cancer head-on,” said Doug Ulman, Foundation president and CEO. “We are grateful to each and every person who voted for making their voices heard and improving access to care for those affected by cancer.”
More than 200 qualified hospitals, cancer centers, university students 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 450,000 votes were cast and Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital was among the finalists. Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital will use the $12,000 award to offer Pillars4Life to cancer survivors who are completing their active treatment plans.
Pillars4Life is a patient/caregiver support program that has been proven to enhance quality of life for cancer patients and allows hospitals and their social workers to more efficiently triage and attend to the psychosocial needs of a much greater number of patients.
The Lance Armstrong Foundation 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 $70 million in community-centered organizations.
About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital
For more than 40 years, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has been solely dedicated to fighting cancer. Its mission is to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer through expert treatment, compassionate care, early detection, research and education. For nearly 60 years, St. Tammany Parish Hospital has provided world-class healthcare close to home. Its mission as a not-for-profit hospital is to provide integrated healthcare services to the community of western St. Tammany Parish and surrounding areas.
Mary Bird Perkins has worked closely with St. Tammany Parish Hospital since opening its Covington center in 1998. Together, through a new and innovative partnership, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center at St. Tammany Parish Hospital provides comprehensive cancer care thatstrives to positively impact the lives of cancer patients and their families. Not only do patients have access to the full spectrum of vital cancer services and high quality cancer care, but these services are readily available where it matters most — close to friends, close to family, close to home.
About the Lance Armstrong Foundation
The Lance Armstrong Foundation serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world’s leading cause of death. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, the Foundation became a symbol of hope and inspiration to people throughout the world affected by cancer. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation provides free patient navigation services to survivors with financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Known for its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – the Foundation is also a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people living with cancer today. Since its inception in 1997, the Foundation has raised more than $450 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.