American Cancer Society Awards Community Investment Grant

The South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society recently awarded a Targeted Community Investment Grant to the Southeast Georgia Cancer Alliance in Chatham County and Southeast Georgia.

The Targeted Community Investment Grant Program financially supports state, regional and local projects consistent with the Society’s fight against cancer.

The Southeast Georgia Cancer Alliance was presented $10,000 as part of this year’s Community Investment Grants.

The Southeast Georgia Cancer Alliance grant funding was awarded to address a lack of usage and knowledge of American Cancer Society patient services and programs in our local communities and to offer the patients information regarding the treatment options after receiving a cancer diagnosis.

Often patients are unaware of the free services offered through the local Society office, from transportation assistance to dealing with treatment side effects and much more.

Furthermore, patients are overwhelmed with the diagnosis itself and with their treatment options.

Oncologists from Savannah and Brunswick will use DVD technology to increase and enhance their patients’ knowledge about their diagnoses and available treatment options.

Additional information will include American Cancer Society’s free services which will complement the therapeutic regime, as well as information about local American Cancer Society programs and services which could be beneficial to the patient.

Bruce Habersham, a multimedia producer, will oversee the development of the DVDs.

A Volunteer Review Committee made up of various disciplines to ensure objectivity, reviewed the grant applications and made recommendations for funding.

“The Targeted Community Investment Grants financially support local projects consistent with the Society’s priorities for health disparities in individual communities,” said Patricia P. Hoge, RN, Ph.D., Chief Mission Officer for the American Cancer Society’s South Atlantic Division. “Local organizations know the situations in their communities and often recognize the best way to address the issue, and the Society is here to help complement that work.”

Many of the grants funded include cancer awareness and screening methods, as well as various resource programs to help detect certain cancers at early stages, when treatment is more likely to be successful.

Local communities in the South Atlantic Division hold a variety of events each year, such as Relay For Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, golf tournaments and galas, which provide volunteers and communities the opportunity to personally be part of the fight against cancer.

The funds raised as a result of these events support the American Cancer Society’s mission, including the vital work done by the organizations receiving funds through the Targeted Community Investment Grant program.

Each community and each event impacts the Society’s mission.

Without the dedication of our local communities and the successful fundraising events they perform, the Society could not support local organizations that continue to provide valuable programs and services in the fight against cancer.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

For information about cancer, call 24 hours day, seven days a week to 1-800- ACS-2345 or log onto

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