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May 16: Memorial Cancer Center Receives Lance Armstrong Foundation Grant

Media Release May 3, 2007

Forget “take it easy and don’t over tax yourself” advice for cancer patients. Thanks to a $25,000 Lance Armstrong Foundation grant Memorial Health System cancer patients will be “pumping up” for a better quality of life. This program is made possible by a community program grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which seeks to inspire and empower people affected by cancer.

The grant will allow the Memorial Health System Cancer Center to work hand in hand with the Rehabilitation Department to integrate workout and exercise programs for patients undergoing radiation or chemotherapy. Physical activity has been shown to lower fatigue and may add a new measure of pain control. The new “Energy for Life Program” will integrate cancer patients with rehabilitation staff, exercise physiologists and physical therapists, with results tracked and reported back to the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

The grant to Memorial Health System is part of $4.1 million to promote research on survivability and quality of life for people battling cancer. The Foundation aims to fund research that is not readily available from traditional sources and encourages and supports established, as well as young investigators, in the early stages of their research careers.

About the Lance Armstrong Foundation
The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) inspires and empowers people affected by cancer. We help people with cancer focus on living; we believe that unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. From the moment of diagnosis, the LAF provides the practical information and tools people with cancer need to live life on their own terms. The LAF serves its mission through advocacy, public health and research. Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the LAF is located in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit livestrong.org.

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