August 02, 2006

TAMPA, Fla. -H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute’s new RENEW Program was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s (LAF) Community Program. This is the first grant Moffitt has received from the foundation.

The RENEW program – recovery with exercise, nutrition, education and weight management – began in April. Moffitt nutrition staff, integrative medicine and physical therapy departments along with experts from the community, provide hands-on training to provide survivors with the knowledge and skills necessary to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

“We are all very excited about this opportunity and honored to be the first Moffitt grant recipients from the LAF,” says Kathy Allen, Manager, Nutrition Department and program coordinator of RENEW. “We plan to use these funds to further the growth and development of this program, expanding the staffing, hours and enhancing our educational resources. This will allow us to increase the accessibility of the program to our Moffitt survivors and others in the community.”

The LAF’s Community Program provides financial support and capacity-building to community-centered initiatives that address the physical, emotional and practical challenges of cancer survivorship. 

In 2001, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute earned NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center status in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country's leading cancer centers, and is listed in the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.