TO OFFER MORE SUPPORT SERVICES HELPING MEN AFFECTED BY CANCER
LOS ANGELES — June 12, 2013 — The LIVESTRONG Foundation has received $6.2 million from its partner Movember, the global men’s health charity that asks men to grow a moustache for 30 days each November, while women support the efforts, to raise funds and awareness for cancers affecting men. The LIVESTRONG Foundation will allocate the $6.2 million over four years to expand its cancer support services to develop a male-specific program helping those affected by prostate and testicular cancer.
“The LIVESTRONG Foundation is incredibly grateful to Movember for their generous funding that will allow us to expand our reach to men affected by prostate and testicular cancer,” said Doug Ulman, LIVESTRONG Foundation President and CEO and three-time cancer survivor. “With one out of every two men projected to receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, this funding comes at a critical time. We plan to put it to use immediately to improve the lives of men facing cancer today.”
The expanded program will meet the needs of men who have been affected by cancer, and their caregivers, family and friends. Through this program, men will have a single, national point of contact that will allow them and their loved ones to access a variety of support services.
This program will:
- Provide free online and phone support services, staffed by trained, bilingual patient navigators and social workers to help men and their loved ones
- Provide in-person patient navigators in Austin and Chicago
- Match those affected with a peer who has been through a similar cancer experience
- Connect men to the clinical trials in which they are eligible
- Help men access fertility preservation services and the funds to help pay for them
- Help men learn how to communicate with their children and loved ones about their diagnosis
- Provide one-on-one counseling services and access to support groups for those affected by the disease
- Allow men and their loved ones to access answers to questions about treatment options, side effects, and medical information
- In partnership with the Patient Advocate Foundation, provide a first-of-its-kind financial assistance program for patients who have radiation co-payments associated with the treatment of their prostate cancer.
The Foundation’s cancer support services are available in English and Spanish, and can be accessed in-person in Austin, Texas, and Chicago and via telephone (877-889-6016), and online at www.LIVESTRONG.org/GetHelp. This program will help those affected by cancer make well-informed treatment decisions and understand the options available to them. To learn more about the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s cancer support services visit, LIVESTRONG.org/GetHelp.
“We are incredibly proud to help fund the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s cancer support services, which has served 2.5 million people affected by cancer” said Adam Garone, CEO and co-founder of Movember. “Thanks to our Mo community who, to date, have helped contribute more than $14 million to the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s support services for people affected by the disease.”
Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death for men in the United States and currently affects more than two million American men. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 35. It is also one of the most curable forms of cancer because treatment is so successful.
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About the LIVESTRONG Foundation
The LIVESTRONG Foundation provides free cancer support services to help people cope with the financial, emotional and practical challenges that accompany the disease. Created in 1997 by cancer survivor and philanthropist Lance Armstrong, the Foundation is known for its powerful brand — LIVESTRONG — and for its advocacy on behalf of survivors and their families. With its iconic yellow LIVESTRONG wristband, 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 cancer non-profit organizations, the Foundation enjoys a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and has been recognized by the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau for its excellent governance, high standards and transparency. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.
Movember aims to forever change the face of men’s health through the power of the moustache, by raising awareness and funds for prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by the Movember Foundation and our men’s health partners in each country. Together, the channels work to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals, in the areas of Awareness & Education, Survivorship and Research. Since 2003, 3 million participants have raised over $439MM for the cause, funding 550 research and survivorship programs globally, with official Movember campaigns taking place in 21 countries. Movember is fully accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and for the past two years, Movember has been named to the Global Top 100 NGO list by The Global Journal. For more information please visit www.movember.com. Movember is a registered 501(c)(3) charity.