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American Cancer Society Awarded Dual WellPoint Foundation Grants to Expand Hope Lodge Network and Patient Navigation Program
Date:5/6/2009

Grants will assist American Cancer Society in providing services to newly diagnosed and in-treatment patients

INDIANAPOLIS, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The WellPoint Foundation, LLC, a private, non-profit organization wholly funded by WellPoint, Inc., has provided dual grants in the total amount of $1 million to the American Cancer Society to expand the reach of its Hope Lodge network and Patient Navigation Program.

"Comprehensive care and support services are essential to the wellbeing of cancer patients and their families. Unfortunately a large number of patients currently do not have access to the support and resources they need," said Nancy Yaw, Chief Executive Officer, American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division. "The grants provided by the WellPoint Foundation will enable the American Cancer Society to expand its services in underserved areas and significantly increase the number of patients receiving help."

The Hope Lodge grant awarded to the Society, in the amount of $550,000, will support Hope Lodges in four states. The Great Lakes Division received a portion of the grant, totaling $250,000, to support a capital campaign to build a Hope Lodge in Indianapolis, Indiana. The remaining grant funds will support the operation of three new Hope Lodges in Kentucky, Wisconsin and Ohio. Hope Lodges provide cancer patients and their families free, temporary lodging in a supportive and nurturing environment when they are receiving treatment away from home. Each Hope Lodge is also equipped with a variety of resources and information about cancer and treatment options. Twenty-eight Hope Lodges now exist across the country. The Society would like to see that number expand because research shows that the current demand for lodging far exceeds the supply.

The Patient Navigation Program was developed to decrease the fragmentation of cancer treatment services and increase the access of cancer treatment
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