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Life Beyond Cancer Foundation Launches New Online Resource for Cancer Patients in America
Date:3/22/2010

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Life Beyond Cancer Foundation, formerly known as the US Oncology Foundation, announced today that it has launched its new Web site at www.lifebeyondcancer.org. Touting an array of resources for cancer patients throughout the United States, the foundation's mission is to help cancer patients and their families connect with financial assistance, support programs and other necessary resources that can help them on their cancer journey.

"We are delighted to offer a more comprehensive Web site where cancer patients can find the help they need to cover their everyday living expenses as well as find the latest news in cancer care," said Ann Wolford, executive director of the Life Beyond Cancer Foundation. "Our mission is to not only help cancer patients during treatment but to help them live a fulfilled and healthy life beyond cancer. We have created a new robust Web site, video, brochure and a wealth of resources that they can access right at their fingertips. We want to be a complete resource for anyone battling cancer."

Since its inception in late 2008, the Life Beyond Cancer Foundation has helped more than 120 families batting cancer with grants to pay their mortgage, rent, car payments, utilities and purchase food and another 250 cancer patients, survivors, oncology nurses and social workers through survivor retreats such as the Life Beyond Cancer Retreat where they rekindled their spirits and learned ways they can give back to others in need in their own communities. The Life Beyond Cancer Foundation seeks to assist cancer patients from throughout the country, and works with various non-profits and community-based organizations to bring cancer prevention and early detection programs to communities throughout the nation.

The Life Beyond Foundation relies on charitable donations to support its mission. Philanthropic individuals, corporations and organizations wanting to assist cancer patients financially, spiritually and emotionally can make a tax deductible donation through the Web site at www.lifebeyondcancer.org, or by calling 1-800-381-2637. 

"We started the Life Beyond Cancer Foundation to address the unmet needs of cancer patients," says Lloyd Everson, M.D., Chairman of the Board for the foundation. "Thankfully, our society has developed plenty of resources to help patients obtain financial assistance to therapies and provide emotional support to patients undergoing treatment. With the Life Beyond Cancer Foundation, we wanted to address the voids. We interviewed and surveyed physicians and oncology nurses throughout the country to find out what patients need most. What we found is that they need financial help with everyday living expenses; and they need emotional and spiritual help adjusting to life after their treatments end. That's what we hope to do with the Life Beyond Cancer Foundation."

With a board that includes Robert (Bob) A. Ingram, general partner at Hatteras Venture Partners  and former CEO/Chairman of GlaxoWellcome; George Lindahl, III, philanthropist and managing partner of Sandefer Capital Partners; Armin Weinberg, Ph.D.,  director of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Research Center  (CDPCR) at Baylor College of Medicine  and co-founder of the Intercultural Cancer Council  (ICC); and is led by Chairman Lloyd Everson, M.D., vice chairman and a founding member of US Oncology, Inc., the nation's leading cancer care services company dedicated to advancing cancer care in America, the Life Beyond Cancer Foundation has a vision to evolve into the trusted source for cancer patients nationwide. "We are starting with programs that address the silent, unspoken needs of cancer patients in an environment of diminishing resources," says Wolford. "We want to be the resource that helps patients through and beyond their cancer experience."

About the Life Beyond Cancer Foundation

The Life Beyond Cancer Foundation advances cancer care in local communities by removing the barriers to prevention, education, early detection, treatment and survivorship. By working with local nonprofit and community organizations, the foundation helps cancer patients with funding for everyday living expenses and helps to educate the community about cancer prevention and early detection through lifestyle changes and screening. To make a donation, or for more information, visit www.lifebeyondcancer.org.

SOURCE Life Beyond Cancer Foundation

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