Funding and Grants
The Connecticut Challenge was founded in June 2005 with an initial goal of creating a cancer survivorship clinic to serve the residents of Connecticut. That goal was met in 2006 with the opening of the CT Challenge Survivorship Clinic at Yale Cancer Center.
Since that time, the Connecticut Challenge has expanded its support to Survivorship clinics and programs across the state through the CT Challenge Survivorship Network; funding grants for clinical research; continuing education programs for healthcare professionals; and educational programs for survivors and their families.
In September 2012, the CT Challenge will open its own Center for Survivorship, located in Southport, CT.
For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2011, the Connecticut Challenge recognized more than $2,108,079 in revenues to support cancer survivors.
The CT Challenge provides grant support for:
- Survivorship clinics and programs and Survivor Day celebrations at community based hospitals and cancer centers across the state who are members of the CT Challenge Survivorship Network.
- The CT Challenge Center for Survivorship opening in Fairfield, CT in September 2012
- College scholarships for cancer survivors through a grant to the Susan Fund
- The CT Challenge Survivorship Summit, an annual event for medical professionals that brings together experts in survivorship to improve care for cancer survivors
- The CT Challenge Speaker Series, educational, cultural and awareness raising events for cancer survivors
- Our innovative website. Educating, motivating and guiding cancer survivors to qualified survivorship resources
- Pilot research projects in cancer survivorship. One such grant to the Yale Cancer Center resulted in $2.5 million in addditional NIH funding to expand the study.
- A multi-year grant supporting the development and delivery of Survivorship curriculum at the St. Vincent's College of Nursing in Bridgeport, CT
- Mobile Mammography services in underserved areas
For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2011, the Connecticut Challenge recognized more than $2,108,079 in revenues to support cancer survivors. 88 cents of every dollar spent was directed toward program services and grants.