Screen readers: Two navigational links to follow.Skip to site navigation.Skip to page content.
The University of Iowa News Services
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release


Jan. 14, 2008

Holden Cancer Center receives Lance Armstrong Foundation grant

Leaders of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa announced today that they recently received a grant of $44,295 from the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF).

The funds will support a program that uses the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) to link cancer specialists at Holden with 15 communities in southeast Iowa.

The project is called, "Cancer Survivorship: Ask the Experts." Organizers are planning to hold three classes via the ICN. The course topics will include: "Living and Eating Healthy During and After Cancer Treatment" in August 2008; "Benefits of Physical Activity for Cancer Survivors and How to Find and Evaluate Reliable Health Information" in November 2008; and "Late Effects/Side Effects and the Importance of Follow-up Care for the Cancer Survivor" in March 2009.

Joan Felkner, director of the Cancer Information Service at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, is the principal investigator on the grant. Other contributors to the grant include Keri Mercer, Pat Crile and Michael Lin, a fourth-year medical student in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and a cancer survivor.

Holden will network with other cancer treatment centers such as the McCreery Cancer Center in Ottumwa and John Stoddard Cancer Center in Des Moines to bring the courses to patients in those communities, as well.

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center was one of 20 community nonprofit organizations across the nation to receive LAF grants to support cancer research and survivorship initiatives.

"With this LAF grant, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center will provide important education about cancer care directly to patients and their loved ones right in their own communities," Felkner said. "We are thrilled and honored to be among such an extraordinary group of organizations that all share a passion for helping people affected by cancer."

Another LAF grant went to the Iowa Consortium for Comprehensive Cancer Control, awarded thorough the Patient and Family Resources Implementation Group of the Consortium. This grant will develop a peer mentorship program in the first year, including development of all training materials. In the second year, the program will be piloted at Gilda's Club in the Quad Cities and at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center through the Cancer Information Service. Survivors who have completed treatment will be matched with newly diagnosed survivors. The title of the project is "Iowa Cancer Mentors Assisting and Preparing Survivors (MAPS)."

The LAF awarded grants in five areas: practical issues of cancer survivorship; cancer pain, palliative and end-of-life care; physical activity and nutrition; survivorship education; and emotional support for people living with cancer. Each recipient organization completed a rigorous application process, and proposals were reviewed by a selection committee composed of cancer survivors and cancer community experts and advisors.

"Through its grant program, the LAF seeks to create a nationwide community of individuals and organizations that understand the challenges and opportunities a cancer experience presents for a lifetime -- a community committed to collaboratively addressing the physical, emotional and practical issues faced by cancer survivors," said Suzanne Kho, director of grants for the LAF. "We are pleased to award 20 organizations with grants that will inspire and empower people affected by cancer."

The Lance Armstrong Foundation unites people to fight cancer, believing that unity is strength, knowledge is power, and attitude is everything. The LAF provides the practical information and tools people battling cancer need to live life on their own terms. The LAF takes aim at the gap between what is known and what is done to prevent death and suffering due to cancer. The LAF engages the public at large to pursue an agenda focused on preventing cancer, ensuring access to screening and care, improving the quality of life for people affected by cancer, and investing in needed research. Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the LAF is located in Austin, Texas. Learn more at

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading-edge research and educating the public about cancer.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,