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ASTRO selects 2 California cancer patient support organizations to receive Survivor Circle grants
Date:8/26/2014

Fairfax, Va., August 26, 2014The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has selected two California-based cancer patient support groups, Kids Konnected and the Breast and Gyn Health Project, to receive ASTRO's 2014 Survivor Circle grants. Each organization will receive $8,500 to recognize their efforts and provide direct support for their organization's work assisting cancer patients and their families. The two organizations will also be featured in the Survivor Circle at the ASTRO Resource Center during ASTRO's 56th Annual Meeting, September 14-17, 2014, in San Francisco's Moscone Center. Since its inception in 2003, ASTRO's Survivor Circle has provided more than $250,000 to patient support organizations nationwide.

"These two organizations, Kids Konnected and the Breast and Gyn Health Project, demonstrate the importance of providing support to our patients and their families and caregivers," said Bruce G. Haffty, MD, FASTRO, president of ASTRO's Board of Directors. "ASTRO is proud to recognize and to support these organizations' efforts and to promote their work to our Annual Meeting attendees. ASTRO applauds their dedication to supporting the cancer community through their programs."

Based in Laguna Hills, California, Kids Konnected's mission is to provide friendship, understanding, education and support for children and teens who have a parent with cancer or who have lost a parent to cancer. The organization's programs include age-appropriate support groups in several states, bereavement workshops and summer camps, cancer educational books available for purchase and "Hope" the Bear care packages mailed nationwide. Kids Konnected also offers support sessions for parents to give them the tools to help their children identify and cope with the emotional issues they are facing. Since its founding in 1993, the organization has distributed more than 2,750 care packages and served 25,000 children and teens through its support groups. Kid
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American Society for Radiation Oncology
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