A donation of $141 or more can help enable us to ensure that one cancer survivor can receive access to discounted rates to bank their sperm or freeze their eggs or embryos prior to cancer treatment providing out-of-pocket savings of upwards of $4,464.
We fight to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. For 19 years, the Foundation has been a voice for cancer survivors and has reached more than 3.5 million people. LIVESTRONG answers survivors' questions, tells their stories and helps them live their lives through direct service, advocacy and inventive partnership models.
LIVESTRONG Navigation provides free, personalized support for the practical, physical and emotional concerns that people face when dealing with a cancer diagnosis. LIVESTRONG Navigation provides assistance with managing medical expenses and insurance challenges, fertility preservation, understanding treatment options, and accessing emotional support.
More than 150,000 people of reproductive age are diagnosed with cancer each year. For cancer survivors, fertility preservation can be a distressing struggle. Insurance providers often don't cover the cost of expensive treatment and patients can be faced with starting cancer treatment right away which may impact their fertility. LIVESTRONG Fertility helps bridge this gap by offering access to discounted fertility preservation services and free medications, giving survivors the chance to build a family.
We believe in putting the survivor first. Patient-centered care means treating the whole person- emotionally, physically and practically. A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming between deciding on treatment, figuring out finances, and dealing with fear and emotional concerns. That’s why we’re here: to make sure people and families get the person-centered care they need, at the time when they need it.
In 2014, the Foundation launched its boldest enterprise yet-the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. The Institutes will be a pioneering approach to patient centered cancer care designed by survivors to deliver the best teaching practices and the greatest collaborative research to serve the cancer community. The LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes has a simple yet powerful mission: to reinvent the way cancer patients and survivors are cared for and supported. The LIVESTRONG Foundation has made a $50 million commitment to create and support the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes at the Dell Medical School of The University of Texas at Austin. The LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes will rethink the full range of cancer care from prevention to diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, all with a focus on the patient’s needs, values and preferences.
We partner with the YMCA of the USA to promote the importance of physical activity after a cancer diagnosis. Our ongoing dialogue with cancer survivors through our surveys and research led us to discover that a top concern among survivors was the difficulty of returning to physical activity after treatment. In response, LIVESTRONG partnered with the YMCA of the USA in 2007 to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a 12-week physical activity program designed to get survivors back on their feet. Survivors participate in free or low cost customized exercise regimens catered to their individual needs from certified fitness instructors. The instructors are trained in cancer survivorship, post-rehabilitation exercise and supportive cancer care. Survivors and often their families receive a membership at the YMCA for the duration of the program.
LIVESTRONG at School offers age-appropriate lessons for grades K-12 to help educators teach their students about cancer in a way that is inspiring and empowering. LIVESTRONG at School was developed in response to a growing need to offer school teachers tools and resources to talk about cancer in their classrooms in an age-appropriate and empowering manner. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), 25% of cancer survivors in the U.S. have at least one school-aged child at home. As a result, children in classrooms around the world are dealing with the disease right now, whether with a grandparent, parent, sibling, friend or teacher, and they need support both at home and in school.
Donate Through Workplace Giving
One of the best ways to support LIVESTRONG is to donate through your workplace giving program (or the Combined Federal Campaign if you're a Federal employee). If your employer does not have a payroll deduction campaign or does not offer the choice of giving to LIVESTRONG, ask about bringing America's Charities to your workplace. America's Charities works with employers to develop employee-friendly, cost-effective workplace giving campaigns that benefit charities like LIVESTRONG.