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Published on April 11, 2012

Billings Clinic Cancer Center Named LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project Award Recipient

Billings, MT — Billings Clinic was announced as a LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project award recipient on Monday, April 9. Over the last month, 1951 individuals voted in support of establishing an artist program for cancer patients at Billings Clinic. The project, the Creative Center: Hospital Artist in Residence Program (AiR) will join other cancer support programs to 90 communities across the United States. These projects are supported by LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Karyl Blaseg the manager of cancer center programs at Billings Clinic Cancer Center said, “We are proud to be named as a LIVESTRONG award recipient and to have engaged community support to bring the first-in-Montana, Artist-in-Residence program to Billings Clinic. Artist-in-Residence programs are known to be effective in helping patients deal with the stressors of a cancer diagnosis by allowing people to express themselves and focus on something other than their cancer. We want to thank everyone who took the time to vote for this much-needed program which adds to the scope of cancer survivorship services offered in our community.”

“By investing in these bold and innovative cancer support programs, the Lance Armstrong Foundation is providing inspiration and empowerment to area residents so they can band together as a community to face cancer head-on,” said Doug Ulman, Foundation president and CEO. “We are grateful to each and every person who voted for making their voices heard and improving access to care for those affected by cancer.”

More than 200 qualified hospitals, cancer centers, university students and community organizations in eight regions across the United States were selected to participate in an online voting campaign. Over a two-week period, more than 450,000 votes were cast and Billings Clinic Cancer Center was among the finalists. Billings Clinic will use the $15,000 award to fund a new pilot program for cancer survivors (anyone who has a cancer diagnosis) to work with local artists. No charge.

The Creative Center- Hospital Artist in Residence Program (AiR) is dedicated to bringing the arts to people with cancer and chronic illness through all stages of life as a way to help them discover their own creative resources while meeting the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. The AiR helps cancer survivors deal with the stresses of treatment through artistic expression. The program will work bedside and in small group settings in oncology units, hospice, and palliative care programs.

A pilot program for cancer survivors, families and friends-- Arts-in-Medicine -- runs April 23 – June 7 at Billings Clinic. Registration is not required. Monday’s (except for May 28) 10:30 – 12:30 pm in the Cancer Center waiting areas at 801 North 29th Street and Thursdays from April 26 – June 7 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the Inpatient Cancer Care Unit at 2800 Tenth Avenue North.

A new evening art programs from 6:00 – 8:00 pm require registration and will be limited to cancer survivors at Billings Clinic Cancer Center, 801 North 29th Street. Kate Morris will lead “Clay-Hand-building techniques using earthenware clay” in the radiation oncology conference room, first floor Cancer Center on Wednesdays, April 25-May 9. Dave Casario will lead “My Expression, My Voice – Writing Workshop” in the 4th floor conference room, Cancer Center on Tuesdays, April 24 – May 15. Jane Deschner leads “Paper: cut, glued, stitched, rolled strung” in the radiation oncology conference room, first floor Cancer Center, Thursdays, May 17 – May 31.

To learn more and register go to or call 255 – 8440.

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