Shands receives two LIVESTRONG grants

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 at 11:31 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 19, 2013 at 11:31 a.m.

Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville and Jacksonville received two grants from the LIVESTRONG Foundation to support their arts in medicine and palliative care programs, according to a news release Thursday.

The LIVESTRONG Foundation, established in 1997 by cyclist Lance Armstrong, also a cancer survivor, to help people affected by cancer, selected the Shands’ institutions out of a pool of applicants from around the country. The public then stepped in to vote on the final recipients.

Shands at UF in Gainesville spokeswoman Rossana Passaniti said the institutions used social media to get the word out to the public about voting, including posting the information on their Facebook pages.

A total of 72 organizations throughout the country received grants totaling $1 million to be distributed among them. Passaniti said Shands does not know exactly how much each institution will get yet.

The grants will fund the Arts in Medicine program in Gainesville to expand its Mobile Inspiration Station, which offers writing and arts activities to cancer patients and survivors in all stages, both at the bedside and in monthly workshops.

The grant at Shands in Jacksonville will be used for its participation in the Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care model program, which assists hospitals in their efforts to obtain the certification.

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