University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute Named LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project Award Recipient

April 1, 2014

Award to bring music therapy program to cancer patients in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – April 22, 2014 – The University of Florida (UF) Proton Therapy Institute is pleased to announce it has been chosen as a Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program site and a grant recipient of the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project, which was created to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the U.S. As a grantee, the UF Proton Therapy Institute will receive up to $15,600 to establish a music therapy program, which will include the addition of a board-certified music therapist.

More than 100 qualified hospitals, cancer centers, university students and community organizations in seven regions across the U.S. were selected to participate in the online voting campaign that determined the award recipients. Through an 18-day online voting campaign, the UF Proton Therapy Institute was chosen as one of the 13 organizations across the country that will receive funding to replicate and implement the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program.

“We are excited to bring on a music therapist to extend the program’s reach and allow us to further promote healing and well-being for all our cancer patients and their caregivers,” said Heather Oakley, LCSW, OSW-C, Director of Social Services and Pediatric Oncology Social Worker at UF Proton Therapy Institute.

The UF Proton Therapy Institute was previously a recipient of the 2010 LIVESTRONG Community Impact Program, which helped kickstart the artist-in-residence program. The program's overarching goal is to facilitate relaxation, decrease anxiety and stress, enhance wellness, improve pain management, and provide comfort and support for cancer patients and their caregivers. Music therapy is proven to reduce stress and pain levels associated with illness and hospitalization. For many patients, the simple act of listening to music provides a therapeutic release, promoting healing and overall wellbeing. Clinical music therapy services are provided on an outpatient basis.

About the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute

UF Proton Therapy Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization affiliated with the UF College of Medicine, dedicated to delivering state-of-the-art cancer treatment and setting new standards for treating and curing cancer. The cancer treatment facility houses both conventional radiation and proton therapy, and delivers proton therapy to 110 patients a day. For more information about the UF Proton Therapy Institute, please visit, or call toll-free 877-686-6009.

About the LIVESTRONG Foundation

The LIVESTRONG Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. Created in 1997, the Foundation is known for providing free cancer support services and advocating for policies that improve access to care and quality of life. Known for its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – the Foundation has become a symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. Since its inception, the Foundation has served 2.5 million people affected by the disease and raised more than $500 million to support cancer survivors. One of America's top non-profit organizations, the Foundation has been recognized by industry leaders including Charity Navigator, the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau for its excellent governance, high standards and transparency. For more information, visit


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