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CGHS Wins Grant from LIVESTRONG Foundation

CGHS Wins Grant from LIVESTRONG Foundation

Community's Votes Will Assist Cancer Patients 

MACON, GA (Monday, April 22, 2013) – Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) is pleased to announce that the Cancer Well-Fit program at The Wellness Center has received a $15,000 grant from the LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project.

The Wellness Center received enough community votes to become one of 15 programs nationwide to receive the grant. The grant will allow CGHS to expand its Artist-In-Residence Program from The Medical Center of Central Georgia's Infusion Center to The Wellness Center's Cancer Well-Fit program.

The Artist-in-Residence program offers people living with cancer the opportunity to connect with others through the arts, which can reduce anxiety, allay fears, combat isolation and boredom and most importantly, help people who are often viewed as representatives of their disease, rather than the unique individuals they are. The Cancer Well-Fit Program, a 12-week oncology recovery program that uses a holistic approach, is free to any community member diagnosed with cancer.

“We are thrilled and honored to be one of 15 programs nationwide to implement and expand this program. Without the support of our community, this would not have been possible. We look forward to continuing to use the arts to help those in central Georgia affected by cancer,” said Sandra Stone, Cancer Well-Fit Coordinator at The Wellness Center.

The LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project endorses an online voting approach to demonstrate broad community support and engagement, and offers $1.2 million in funding to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the U.S.