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RoomsThatRock4Chemo is a Big C 2014 Semi-Finalist!

Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo is a Big C 2014 Semi-Finalist!

Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo Named a Semifinalist in the Big C competition

In collaboration with interior designers, volunteers and local vendors, Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo transforms physical spaces from sad and drab to hopeful and lovely. In facilities providing chemotherapy, patients and their families spend countless hours enduring chemotherapy, and these rooms now provide emotional well being, comfort and hope.

All 168 entries have the potential to be game changers in improving the lives of people affected by cancer now

San Francisco, CA RoomsThatRock4Chemo was selected as one of 168 semifinalists to move on to the second phase of the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s inaugural Big C competition, aiming to change the way the world lives with cancer. RoomsThatRock4Chemo will now compete for one of 20 spots in the contest’s next round, the venture accelerator program.

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, RoomsThatRock4Chemo entered the competition and is unique because it impacts patients, families, loved ones, and staff while providing comfort and care in the healing process RIGHT NOW. It brings comfort and compassion to all ages, races, genders and life styles, RIGHT NOW.

“All 168 entries have the potential to be game changers in improving the lives of people affected by cancer now,” said Heather Wajer, VP of marketing at the LIVESTRONG Foundation. “We’re so thrilled with the quality of the entries and are lucky to have so many entrepreneurs interested in helping cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.”

RoomsThatRock4Chemo currently benefits patients and loved ones in 15 locations in the USA and San Salvador, impacting the treatment of over 800,000 patient visits per year.

The 168 remaining entries represent possible solutions to the biggest challenges people affected by cancer face following a diagnosis, according to LIVESTRONG Foundation research. Of the remaining ventures, 20 will move on to the venture accelerator phase from July 14-Sept. 15, where contestants will be paired with cancer survivors and business mentors to turn their ideas into action. On Sept. 29, five finalists will be announced and flown to Austin, Texas, to present their innovations during the Ride for the Roses weekend, where the grand prize winner will be selected. Sixty ventures will receive a total of $140,000 in seed funding, based on their innovation’s utility, ingenuity and benefits to cancer patients and survivors. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000.

About Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo
By involving the local community, designers and volunteers in the project of beautifying and humanizing these spaces, the needs of those who are marginalized due to illness is addressed. Patients are provided with a very concrete sign of care and concern, bringing awareness to the fact that they are so much more than just a number in a harsh and difficult system.

RTR4C also represents the passionate donation of talents, time and money from thousands of volunteers, and local and national businesses via their donation of supplies and sponsorships. All of these volunteers and donors have responded with enthusiasm and gratitude for the opportunity to be involved.

These “rocked rooms” have brought an increased awareness to health care professionals and local community leaders, of the needs of this population. The project has also brought gratitude and appreciation to those who have benefited from the healing and soothing effects, and has given the community volunteers a sense of accomplishment and a deeper appreciation of the plight of those who are in need of healing. The wonder of it all is that these volunteers want to keep on giving, and thus the continuity of this project as a long-term solution to a truly world wide challenge has huge momentum. As an added bonus, this organization has improved the daily lives of those who by profession serve this population, and it is challenging other communities to do likewise.

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 LIVESTRONG.org.



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