Roper St. Francis Earns SC’s only 2012 LIVESTRONG Grant for Proven Cancer Support Providers

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Roper St. Francis is among more than 90 proven cancer support providers to be named a winnner in the 2012 LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project. Roper St. Francis, the only South Carolina program to make the final cut, shares LIVESTRONG’s passion for empowering people affected by cancer.

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“Roper St. Francis Cancer Care is comprised of more than 200 professionals who are committed to providing our patients with a complete spectrum of compassionate care," said Scott Broome, service line director for Roper St. Francis Cancer Care.

More than 90 new cancer support programs were given a financial boost today with the announcement of the winners in the unusual vote-to-win LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project grant competition. Only one program in South Carolina made the list− Roper St. Francis Healthcare(RSFH). This grant will be put to use through the system’s nationally accredited and recognized Roper St. Francis Cancer Care
(RSF Cancer Care), which earned the grant in the Pillars4Life category. According to Livestrong.org, Pillars4Life grants are given to programs proven to enhance the quality of life for cancer patients.

“Roper St. Francis Cancer Care is comprised of a team of more than 200 care givers and volunteers who are committed to providing our patients with a complete spectrum of care− from cancer diagnosis and treatment to survivor coaches, to exercise and nutrition,” said Scott Broome, service line director for Roper St. Francis Cancer Care. “We are humbled that our supporters cast the votes needed to put us in the top spot for our region in the Pillars4Life category. We are deeply grateful as we share LIVESTRONG’s passion for empowering people affected by cancer.”

LIVESTRONG.org received more than 450,000 votes in all four categories nationwide; Pillars4Life, Certification for Advance Palliative Care, The Creative Center and YMCA. LIVESTRONG President and CEO Doug Ulman said, “We’re always searching for effective ways to deliver care where it counts and make an immediate impact in the lives of cancer survivors and their families.”

LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project grants will be provided to cancer support programs from South Carolina, to New York, to Hawaii.

“Roper St. Francis treats more than 2,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year,” said Broome. “All of the finalists had to present information demonstrating that they are proven providers who are branching out to embrace more patients. LIVESTRONG’s generous investment of $1.4 million in grants to the 90 winners across the nation will improve the lives of many patients with cancer.”

Winners in the Pillars4Life category for the Southeast are:

  •     Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Charleston, SC
  •     University of Virginia Health System --Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, Charlottesville, VA
  •     Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

About Roper St. Francis Healthcare
Serving South Carolina’s Lowcountry for almost 200 years, Roper St. Francis Healthcare is the area’s only non-profit health system and is dedicated to the mission of “Healing All People with Compassion, Faith and Excellence.” With more than 100 facilities across seven counties, the system’s hospitals include Roper Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital and Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital. The system employs a network of more than 200 doctors and has a medical staff of more than 800 physicians covering all specialties. Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s more than 5,300 employees pride themselves on being nationally-recognized through Joint Commission accreditations and awards including hundreds earned for patient, physician and employee satisfaction. http://www.RSFH.com.

About LIVESTRONG/Lance Armstrong Foundation
LIVESTRONG serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world’s leading cause of death. Created as the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the organization is now known publicly by its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. Known for its iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG has become a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer around the world. Since its inception, the organization has raised $450 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit http://www.livestrong.org

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