Akron Children’s Hospital receives LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project Award


Akron Children’s Hospital’s Expressive Therapy Center was named a recipient of the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project Artists-in-Residence award.

Akron Children’s will use the $16,000 award to help develop and implement programming in the hospital’s new Expressive Therapy Center, which is scheduled to open in spring 2011. The center will be the region’s only dedicated expressive therapy center built exclusively for therapeutic arts.

“For children with serious or life-threatening conditions, the ability to be creative through the arts enhances strength, energy and coping,” said Sarah Friebert, M.D., medical director of the Akron Children’s Hospital Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center and president of Akron Children’s Hospital’s medical staff. “We are grateful for everyone who took the time to vote on behalf of the Expressive Therapy Center and are eager to offer this unique opportunity to our patients and their families.”

Funding for the award was determined by online voting. One hundred seventy-nine qualified hospitals, cancer centers and community organizations in eight regions across the United States were selected to participate in the online voting campaign, which occurred during a two-week period in October.

More than 260,000 votes were cast, and Akron Children’s Hospital was among the finalists.

The Community Impact Project was created by LIVESTRONG, the organization founded by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong to serve people affected by cancer and empower them to take action, and aims to bring proven cancer support programs to 55 communities across the United States.


Founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong and based in Austin, Texas, LIVESTRONG fights for the 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. LIVESTRONG connects individuals to the support they need, leverages funding and resources to spur innovation and engages communities and leaders to drive social change. Known for the iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG's mission is to inspire and empower anyone affected by cancer. For more information, visit

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