Kennedy Cancer Center Selected as Finalist for the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project
Thursday, March 27, 2014

LiveSTRONG Music Therapy
The Kennedy Cancer Center has been selected as a finalist to receive The Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program, a part of the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project, created to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the U.S. Grant award recipients will be determined through a public, online voting campaign now underway through April 11th at vote.LIVESTRONG.org. To vote directly for Kennedy, please go to: http://vote.livestrong.org/applicant/45-kennedy_he/

The Kennedy Cancer Center, located in Washington Township, NJ, provides a full array of cancer treatment options and support programs for cancer patients, survivors and their family members. Kennedy Cancer Center is a part of the Penn Center Network.

After the voting period ends on April 11th, the 39 organizations with the top votes in seven geographical regions across the U.S. will receive up to $15,600 to replicate and implement one of three sustainable programs dedicated to supporting people living with cancer. Since 2001, the LIVESTRONG Foundation has funded more than 200 programs nationwide, helping millions of patients, survivors, families and caregivers affected by cancer from the moment of diagnosis through survivorship.

In addition to the Foundation’s financial support, the chosen organizations will 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.

Hundreds of qualified hospitals, cancer centers, universities and non-profits from across the U.S. applied to be part of the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project in 2014 and three, including the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program, were selected.

The Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program takes an integrative approach to caring for cancer patients. The program's overarching goal is to facilitate relaxation, decrease anxiety and stress, enhance wellness, improve pain management, and provide comfort and support for cancer patients and their caregivers. Music therapy is proven to reduce stress and pain levels associated with illness and hospitalization. For many patients, the simple act of listening to music provides a therapeutic release, promoting healing and overall wellbeing.

If selected for this grant, Kennedy’s Cancer Center – based at its Washington Township campus, will use the awarded funds to expand its successful music program for cancer patients, survivors and their family members.

“Kennedy share’s LIVESTRONG’s passion for inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer and look forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of local cancer survivors and their families,” said Kennedy Cancer Program Administrator Louise Baca, RN, MSN.

Voting ends at 5 p.m. CST on April 11th. For more information about the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project and to vote, visit http://vote.livestrong.org/.  For more information about Kennedy’s Cancer Program, visit www.kennedycancer.org

About the LIVESTRONG Foundation
The LIVESTRONG Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. Created in 1997, the Foundation is known for providing free cancer support services and advocating for policies that improve access to care and quality of life. Known for its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – 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 non-profit organizations, the Foundation has been recognized by industry leaders including Charity Navigator, the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau for its excellent governance, high standards and transparency. For more information, visit http://www.livestrong.org