There are only a few days left to vote for a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project to come to an organization near you!

The LIVESTRONG Foundation’s Community Impact Project (CIP) replicates successful programs that have supported people affected by cancer within a region, state, or city in the United States. In more than 300 communities serving tens of thousands of survivors, CIP has replicated nine programs successfully. The selected programs are funded through the E. Lee Walker Award for national expansion.

For a chance to be a recipient of a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project, organizations must first apply to have their programs replicated across the United States. The 2014 Model Programs include the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program, the Pablove Shutterbugs, Pediatric Photography Arts Program and VitalHearts, Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training. Second, community-based organizations, hospitals, cancer centers and universities must apply to bring one of these selected programs to their community. Organizations selected will receive training and funds to implement the program. Last but not least, the LIVESTRONG community is welcome to participate in an interactive voting campaign to determine where the program funding goes.

Our Charlotte beneficiary, Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute has successfully made it through the first two rounds of the grant application process, and is now looking for the support of the community to help push the Institute through the second round of voting. If selected, the  Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program will specifically focus on delivering music therapy to  patients and caregivers in the new Bone Marrow Transplant unit and the chemotherapy infusion department. Levine Cancer Institute is proud to partner with Queen’s University of Charlotte’s Music Therapy Department to deliver quality programs to the local community. Support services, such as the Music Program would benefit patients and caregivers with physiological and psychological comfort during their at-length stay in the unit. The program is a therapeutic outlet that provides an intervention for side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue, anxiety, depression and pain, as well as offers a diversion from cancer treatment.

Go to to cast your vote for this year’s programs! The 2014 voting campaign will continue until 5 p.m. CT on April 9, 2014. Voters are allowed to cast one vote per program, per region, per email address. Share your vote on Facebook and/or Twitter to earn an additional 2 votes per program.

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