Heartfelt “Thank You” & Holiday Blessings to You on Behalf of the LiveSTRONG Foundation

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Dear Friends and Family,

As the holiday season gains momentum, I wanted to take the time to say, “Thank you.” It is only because of you, the friends and family of the Foundation, that we can continue our work each and every day. And as the end of the year approaches, we’re reflecting on our accomplishments and looking forward to the opportunities the New Year will bring.

Our CEO, Doug Ulman, has recorded a special message I would like to share with you:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=48pAxy35l8o

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And I would also like to share a message from our Chief Financial Officer, Greg Lee:

While we’ve seen our share of cloudy skies in 2012, our team of partners, volunteers, supporters, and staff have continually placed the needs of the cancer community above all else.  As a result, this was a year of amazing accomplishments.

A Few of Our 2012 Program Highlights:

·         Our Navigation Services Team saved constituents more than $4.5 million in health care and medical costs

·         We distributed 43,017 LIVESTRONG Guidebooks to cancer patients, friends, family, and caregivers along with 142,809 Living after Cancer brochures

·         Impacted 184,420 students and teachers with the LIVESTRONG at School Program

·         Trained 47,763 Healthcare Professionals on Current Cancer practices and trends

·         Added 831,412 new grassroots supporters to the movement; advocates who assist in heightening awareness, and engage in public policy matters impacting the cancer community

A Special Thanks
Our Core Values begin with the statement, “We change the way the world fights cancer.” This is followed by, “We know that we can’t do it alone.”  Our work, our reach, and our impact are only possible because of the great team we have standing alongside us in the fight against cancer.

Thank you to our corporate partners, our more than 140,000 donors, 35,000 purchasers of LIVESTRONG merchandise, 12,750 Team LIVESTRONG participants, our LIVESTRONG Leaders, the LIVESTRONG Board of Directors, Foundation managers and staff, and thank you to Lance Armstrong for the vision and drive to create a foundation that has forever changed the way the world fights cancer.

Our Focus Going Forward 
As we close the books on 2012 and begin the New Year, we remain focused on the highest priorities: advancing patient-centered care, forming and engaging communities, growing and leveraging the LIVESTRONG brand, and ensuring long-term programmatic, financial and operational sustainability.

We are truly fortunate to be where we are; with a world full of opportunity right ahead, with a team of volunteers, supporters, and staff ready to act, and a cancer community that needs our vital help. We are refreshed, focused, and ready to go to work.

Thank you for your continued support.  You are helping to positively impact the lives of so many people facing a cancer diagnosis.

Best wishes for health and happiness in the New Year.

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And if you’re ready now to start planning out your goals for the new year… check out the LiveSTRONG blog on goal-setting!

http://www.livestrong.com/article/62614-set-goals-new-year/

 

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About Heather Swift

Heather “Swifty” Swift has been Kicking mAss since 1998. At 28 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a recently single mom with two small babies on her hip. After completing treatment with the thought that cancer was in her rear view mirror she worked, locally, as a volunteer for Ithaca Breast Cancer Alliance doing community outreach to be certain that no one faced cancer alone. In 2005, she had a secondary diagnosis of breast cancer and tested positive for the BRCA2 mutation, which only amped up her commitment to creating positive change and to becoming a strong and effective advocate for the young adult cancer community. Now, at age 42, Swifty, her partner, Brian, and her two teenage children work together locally, nationally and internationally to advocate for change. Swifty regularly meets with legislators to work towards tangible change in health care, legislation that addresses the needs of cancer patients, care-partners, and families. She works directly with clinicians, medical/nursing students, youth & college students, cancer support organizations and others to educate them about the special needs of young adults living with a cancer diagnosis. Swifty is passionate about providing support by connecting people living with cancer to resources, to other cancer survivors, and to mobilizing and training individuals and groups to find their inner advocate. Swifty currently works with a number of amazing, hand-selected organizations, which provide her with opportunities to educate, to advocate, and to change the conversation about cancer and to work to bring an end to the disease. A few include: LiveSTRONG, mAss Kickers, Imerman Angels, National Breast Cancer Coalition, Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, Dusty Showers & The Second Basemen, and Stupid Cancer. Swifty is an oncology nursing student in upstate New York, loves time with her family, paddling sports, and peanut butter. She is a Virgo, but not the really anal-retentive type. Her strange fascination with superheroes makes her popular in geek circles, but it can be endearing. Swifty will be riding a llama across Oregon in July of 2012 and really does believe we can achieve and end to cancer and in world peace. Motto: Never Give Up! Favorite quote: “Our own life has to be our message.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

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