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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – May 19, 2016 – 24 Hours of Booty today announced a $1.5 million commitment to Atrium Health’s Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital. With this gift, 24 Hours of Booty will have donated more than $3.5 million collectively to both facilities to support adult and pediatric cancer survivorship, rehabilitation, and wellness programs.
“We greatly appreciate our long-standing partnership with 24 Hours of Booty and all that the organization has done to help build the Survivorship and Wellness Programs at Levine Cancer Institute and now Levine Children’s Hospital,” said Scott Kerr, president of Atrium Health Foundation. “24 Hours of Booty’s generous philanthropic support will help us achieve our vision of implementing services at all points throughout a survivor’s cancer experience with a team of first quality and highly trained specialists.”
This commitment will assist in the enhancement of the Institute’s world-class oncology rehabilitation program that will be a major component of its recently announced expansion plans. 24 Hours of Booty funding will also continue to sustain existing survivorship and integrative oncology programs such as healing arts, yoga and acupuncture.
In addition, a portion of the $1.5 million gift will establish a more comprehensive pediatric cancer survivorship program at Levine Children’s Hospital. Research shows that three out of five pediatric cancer survivors will experience consequences of their disease and/or treatment. Among other things, the expanded program will give pediatric cancer survivors and their families greater access to high quality and cost-effective behavioral health care to address long-term psychological issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic illness.
“On behalf of our community of riders, supporters and sponsors, we are proud to have Levine Cancer Institute and Levine Children’s Hospital among our primary beneficiaries,” said Spencer Lueders, founder of 24 Hours of Booty. “We are deeply committed to funding cancer survivorship and navigation programs. Seeing firsthand the results of our support over the years and the impact we are making right in the backyard of our event is empowering.”
About Atrium Health
Atrium Health (carolinashealthcare.org), one of the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout North and South Carolina. Its diverse network of care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. CHS works to improve and enhance the overall health and wellbeing of its communities through high quality patient care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives.
About 24 Hours of Booty
24 Hours of Booty is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity located in Charlotte that provides extraordinary 24-hour cycling events that are safe, fun and open to all levels of cycling ability. Its purpose is to increase public awareness, funds and support for organizations dedicated to cancer navigation and survivorship, including : Atrium Health’s Levine Cancer Institute, the Keep Pounding Fund, Brain Tumor Fund of the Carolinas, Hendrick Marrow Program, Wind River Cancer Retreats, GoJenGo Foundation and the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Its mission is to inspire communities to be active in the fight against cancer. Currently, 24 Hours of Booty hosts events in Charlotte, N.C., Columbia, Md., and Indianapolis, IN and attracts participants from around the country. For more information, call 704-365-4417 or visit http://www.24hoursofbooty.org.
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Kirstin Ashford – Atrium Health Foundation – 704-355-4327