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Poudre Valley Cancer Network wins LIVESTRONG cancer grant
Poudre Valley Health System
For immediate release: June 7, 2011

Kevin Darst | 970.237.7110 | 970.213.0990

Poudre Valley Cancer Network, the cancer program at Poudre Valley Health System, has won a grant from the LIVESTRONG Foundation to bring new cancer resources to northern Colorado.

PVHS was the western region winner of a grant to implement the Cancer Transitions program locally. Voting was conducted online.

The online voting campaign ran May 11 through May 31, 2011. Applicants with the top votes per region received a financial award of support to replicate and implement a sustainable program dedicated to supporting families fighting cancer.

“We have learned from the many cancer patients we treat that many feel ‘it’s not over when it’s over,” said JoAnn Lovins, PVHS director of cancer services. “The Cancer Transitions program will help us help local cancer survivors experience a better life after cancer treatment.”

Poudre Valley Cancer Network will receive a $4,000 grant to implement LIVESTRONG’s Cancer Transitions program, which is designed to support, educate and empower people for life after cancer. The six-week series incorporates support groups, education, nutrition and physical exercise, as well as addresses other medical management, psychosocial and quality of life issues.

Cancer Transitions participants will meet for a 2-1/2 hour session each week to learn from experts, engage in group discussion and directly address the emotional and social hurdles faced during the transition period following cancer treatment. Men and women who wish to better manage the short and long-term impact of cancer – especially within the first 24 months after treatment – will gain valuable skills through the program.

Facilitators for LIVESTRONG’s Cancer Transitions program will come from PVHS’ existing team of patient navigators and oncology social workers who have expert knowledge of the cancer care system, available support services and familiarity with the challenges often faced by people affected by cancer.

Finalists will also receive tools and resources from the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the organization established in 1997 by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action against the world’s leading cause of death. The foundation 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.

About the Poudre Valley Cancer Network at PVHS
Poudre Valley Cancer Network provides quality cancer treatment and support to people with cancer in northern Colorado, southeast Wyoming and southwest Nebraska. A leading community-based cancer program, Poudre Valley Cancer Network is growing along with the communities we serve. Cancer services are offered regionally through our two hospitals and network of four medical oncology clinics, four outpatient infusion centers and radiation oncology department. Our cancer program philosophy is “Engage in life” to inspire people to live their best lives from a sense of support, empowerment and hope.  For more information, visit

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 more than $400 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit


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