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NW Sarcoma Foundation is one of 17 projects funded by the Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program to address cancer-related health disparities.

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute has announced grant funding to 17 community-led projects around the state for its Community Partnership Program. The latest round of funding, totaling $320,000, supports 13 new and 4 previously funded projects that target a diverse range of cancer types and demographics. Many of the newly funded entities will develop programs to reach Latino, African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian and LGBTQ communities.

Since the program’s inception in 2014, the Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program has distributed more than $2 million in funding opportunities throughout the state of Oregon. The program offers multiple tiers of funding to support local organizations in identifying and developing tools to address a local cancer-related need.The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Community Partnership Program is designed to build sustainable collaborations with Oregon communities by providing grants and other resources to foster development of community-identified cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship projects. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute has made a decade-long commitment to invest in this program to develop robust, sustainable programs that benefit the health of all Oregonians. Additional information about the program is available on the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s website.

Solidarity in Sarcoma, address the social isolation, stress and navigation of health care services for those diagnosed with sarcoma. In a previous Community Partnership Program funded study we evaluated the needs of the sarcoma community to craft an outreach program that meets the specific needs of sarcoma patients.

With this grant, NWSF will create a series of eight videos that feature patients, family members and health care professionals discussing topics that help address issues faced by sarcoma patients. Topics may include what is sarcoma, treatment options, nutrition, coping and connecting with others. The videos will prominently feature survivors and family members who could offer words of support and encouragement. We will conduct an 8 week video chat/on-line group, allowing sarcoma warriors to connect from the comfort of their own homes.

We will also host three activity nights for patients and their families that would feature games, food, entertainment and the ability to connect with others while they are in treatment.  

If you are interested in participating in this project please click here

We are excited to be able to develop and offer these programs to enable sarcoma patients and families to connect with others, even when they are in rural areas or are unable to travel due to treatment.


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