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UVA Cancer Center Asks Public to Vote for New Programs

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The University of Virginia Medical Center is in the running for two grants that could help patients with cancer and those who care for them - but to get that funding they need your help.

Livestrong Foundation's Community Impact Project, or CIP, brings programs to hospitals that have proven successful in helping people affected by cancer. The UVA Cancer Center is a finalist for two CIP grants - but to win, they need you to log online and vote.

There are two programs you could help bring to UVA Medical Center:

The Jeffery Frank Music Therapy Program is for cancer survivors struggling with depression or anxiety. They'll get to take sessions with a music therapist who will help them relax, de-stress, and manage pain.

The VitalHearts: Secondary Trauma Resiliency Training, or STRT, is for the Cancer Center staff, and can help them with depression and sleep problems that can come with caring for cancer patients. The goal is to train them to take better care of themselves and their patients. During a three-day training program they'll also learn to teach those skills to others.

"Both programs would provide great support for our patients coming into the Cancer Center. There has been lots of research that shows just how wonderful music can be for cancer patients and their families. The second program will really support our hard working staff here at the cancer center," said Melissa Grossman, grant and outreach coordinator at the center.

Cancer Center staff is now asking everyone to not only vote for the programs, but to also share through social media, and to encourage others to vote.

To vote for the Jeffery Frank Music Therapy Program, click here. 

To vote for the VitalHearts Training, click here. 

The voting goes ends 6 p.m. Friday.

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