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Sherri Arnold Graham Foundation receives funding for the Lighthouse Project
American Cancer Society Awards Community Investment Grants


Approximately ($7500.00 awarded to local initiatives in Fayetteville, North Carolina)

(Fayetteville, NC) -- (March 10, 2008) -- The South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society recently awarded Targeted Community Investment Grants to local community organizations in (Fayetteville, NC). The Targeted Community Investment Grant Program financially supports state, regional and local projects consistent with the Society's fight against cancer. More than $301,000 was presented to partners of the Society this year.

Organizations in (Fayetteville, NC) receiving funds in 2008 include:
  • (The Sherri Arnold Graham Foundation, "A Ministry for Breast Cancer Awareness & Support") has been funded for "The Lighthouse Project" to bring Health Education, Awareness, and Mammography Screenings to uninsured and underserved women in the Fayetteville and surrounding areas.  The Lighthouse Project will collaborate with Ecumenical Faith Communities, The E. Newton Smith Public Health Center, Public Housing Authorities, Cape Fear Valley Health System and Friends of the Cancer Center, Rex Hospital Mobile Mammography, and the Shaw University Divinity School.  Sequential Health Education and Outreach Services will be taken into four targeted communities on quarterly rotations.  Ultimately, breast cancer awareness and screening access will be heightened and preventative behaviors including diet and exercise will be transformed.  This relational approach to outreach includes in-kind professional services of chair massages, hand massages, and lavender roses to promote relaxation in conjunction with health education. 
A Volunteer Review Committee made up of various disciplines to ensure objectivity, reviewed the grant applications and made recommendations for funding.

"The Targeted Community Investment Grants financially support local projects consistent with the Society's priorities for health disparities in individual communities," said Patricia P. Hoge, RN, Ph.D., Chief Mission Officer for the American Cancer Society. "Local organizations know the situations in their communities and often recognize the best way to address the issue, and the Society is here to help complement that work."

 More than 1,399,700 new cancer incidents are expected, with a mortality rate of 564,380 in 2008. Many of the grants funded include cancer awareness and screening methods, as well as various resource programs to help detect certain cancers at early stages, when treatment is more likely to be successful.

Local communities in the South Atlantic Division hold a variety of events each year, such as Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, golf tournaments and galas, which provide volunteers and communities the opportunity to personally be part of the fight against cancer. The funds raised as a result of these events support the American Cancer Society's mission, including the vital work done by the organizations receiving funds through the Targeted Community Investment Grant program. Each community and each event impacts the Society's mission.

Without the dedication of our local communities and the successful fundraising events they perform, the Society could not support local organizations that continue to provide valuable programs and services in the fight against cancer.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. For information about cancer, call 24 hours day, seven days a week 1.800.ACS.2345 or log onto www.cancer.org
 
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