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Blue Ribbon Foundation Supports Cancer Wellness Program in Luzerne County

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June 3, 2013
Pictured at the check presentation in Pittston, are, L-R: Christine Zavaskas, community relations coordinator, NRCI; Cynthia A. Yevich, executive director, The Blue Ribbon Foundation; and Greater Pittston YMCA representatives Craig Lukatch, CEO, and Barb Moeller, RN, program coordinator.

Wilkes-Barre, PA — The Greater Pittston YMCA recently received a $10,200 grant from The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The YMCA will partner with the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute (NRCI) to offer T.H.R.I.V.E – which stands for To Help Restore and Increase Vitality Through Exercise – an individualized exercise and nutrition program for patients facing cancer treatment and recovery. The Foundation’s grant will make the program available to 20 limited income residents of Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming Counties who would otherwise not be able to participate.

About Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  BCNEPA offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to more than 540,000 individuals in 13 counties in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.  The company’s mission is to provide integrated health care services and products to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of health care in the populations it serves.

BCNEPA established its private, nonprofit Blue Ribbon Foundation in 2002 to invest in health education and prevention initiatives that produce measurable health improvements and help manage long-term health costs for the residents of northeastern and north central Pennsylvania.  During its first decade of service, The Foundation has awarded nearly $10 million in grant funding to 170 nonprofits to help meet the health and wellness needs of more than 186,000 at-risk individuals.