Posted March 28, 2011 by jimhigley

I had a blast this past Friday – hanging out at the corporate headquarters of LIVESTRONG in Austin, Texas – and joining in the fun as they celebrated the opening of the new LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center which is a free resource for anyone affected by cancer. While not a medical center, the Navigation Center provides an array of support including assistance with exploring treatment options, focusing on emotional health issues, financial issues, and fertility concerns. Bottom-line, it’s a place people can turn to and say, “I need help getting my arms around all of this.”

Lance Armstrong welcoming guests.

Not located in the Austin area? No problem. The LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center can provide you or your loved ones support via the telephone or on-line. Reach out to them. They’re there to help.

I was there with my friends from Imerman Angels 1-on-1 Cancer Support – an official partner of LIVESTRONG.  My task was to help spread the message of Imerman Angels – along with founder Jonny Imerman and Director of Operations Aaron Hadley – to the several hundred guests touring the facility. I think I had one of the best jobs there as I was truly overwhelmed with the appreciation of people as they learned about services available to them – from LIVESTRONG, Imerman, and other fabulous partners – that they didn’t know existed.

It was a vivid reminder to me of how critical it is not only to help people, but make sure they have the knowledge of where to turn to for help.

“LIVESTRONG is incredibly proud of the milestone we’re celebrating today,” said their president and CEO Doug Ulman. His sentiments were clearly shared by an enthusiastic, sincere and generous team.

And they were most definitely shared by me.

Help spread that message, won’t you? Next time you learn of someone trying to wrestle down a cancer diagnosis – remind them that there are places out there – like LIVESTRONG and Imeman Angels -ready to help.