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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Breast Cancer, Health, Health Care

Mission: Mission: A community exercise program in which persons with a cancer diagnosis participate in group classes designed to enhance their recovery process. Services provided will include educating cancer patients and the general public on the benefits of exercise in reducing the risk of certain cancers and improving functional activities.

Results: Since 2007, SFL has been breaking down access barriers and bringing free, quality specialized exercise therapy to cancer patients and survivors through innovative support programs that are comprehensive and coordinated. The program is unique in that it limits the travel time that participants undertake to access quality, safe and effective exercise therapy for an improved recovery. Moreover, SFL offers its exercise programs to participants free of charge and provides the equipment so the exercise prescription can be continued at home. With a minimum of 4 participants, SFL seeks to institute a group class that is convenient locally and accessible and is open to any adult cancer patient/survivor regardless of gender or diagnosis. SFL holds as many sessions as the communities warrant, providing certified instructors. SFL places a strong emphasis on strength training and reducing risk of cancer recurrence through community partnerships. SFL programs provide comprehensive exercise therapy and fitness education via local schools, churches, community centers, libraries - on regular weekday schedules. Each of the partner sites helps to recruit patients and families, coordinate exercise activities, and reinforce mind over body messages. SFL collaborates with Stony Brook University, Mather Hospital, Northwell Health System, Winthrop University Hospital, Southampton Hospital, Brookhaven Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, American Cancer Society, and has a presence on the Suffolk County Cancer Awareness Task Force.

Target demographics: Strength for Life is open to all adult cancer patients/survivors, regardless of age, gender or cancer diagnosis.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 200 participants in classes and retreats.

Geographic areas served: Strength for Life (SFL) is a non-profit dedicated to providing free exercise programs designed to enhance the recovery process of persons with a cancer diagnosis throughout Long Island communities.

Programs: Services provided include educating cancer patients, caregivers and the medical community on the benefits of incorporating exercise into the treatment regimen and its effect on reducing the risk of certain cancers and re-occurrences, and improving bodily functional activities. Programs are conducted by certified cancer exercise specialists in a group setting and held at accessible locations throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Community Stories

150 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Ann_132

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful program with a very dedicated, encouraging instructor!!

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4

Client Served

Rating: 4

This is a wonderful program with a dedicated and committed instructor, Jacqui Errico.
We come in all shapes and sizes,levels of competence, all ages and body types, but we share one common goal, the desire to regain our strength, reclaim our health and carry on to the best of our ability! Its fun and healthy and Im grateful to have found this awesome group!

1 flyinhi208

Client Served

Rating: 5

Can I give more than 5 stars? This program, leaders, retreat are amazing. Debbie is so warm and friendly, I felt a connection immediately. I was lucky enough to be able to participate in one of their retreats, coming as a stranger and not knowing anyone, leaving with hugs and a warm heart and new friends. The exercise program and participants are all encouraging and friendly. Debbie caters each exercise to individual needs which is important for each cancer patient.
Looking forward to my first walk on November 20th and have signed up for the 13 mile walk in June. Better start training!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5


I enjoyed the program,. Jacqui made exercising fun
and worthwhile/ Everyone in the class was friendly,
hardworking and a pleasure to spend the hour with.
Please continue the program.It works..........

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about the uplifting encouraging supportive exercise group strength for life! The instructor was so warm and welcoming pulling the group together each week. This unique group enabled us to support each other while getting stronger. I recommend this group for all survivors. You won't be disappointed!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Learned about their mission and have participated in the weekly classes for quite a while. The support is outstanding and the sense of well-being created by the class is great! Their retreat was so delicious and filled with great information. The people are fantastic. THE AMAZING THING IS THAT IT IS FREE TO PARTICIPANTS!!! They provide you with free equipment that is yours to use at home. FANTASTIC!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was an amazing experience. I wish everyone could go to the retreat. It could help absolutely EVERYONE as it did me

Client Served

Rating: 5

Found this this program from Winthrop University Hospital' ,contacted Jacqui & immediately felt welcomed into her class. She works with each one of us like a personal trainer even though it is a group. We all enjoy the class so very much & have enjoyed meeting people with all different types of cancer. Tremendous feelings of support from our instructor & other participants. Looking forward to next session.

3 Workinghard129

Client Served

Rating: 5

Strength For Life is a great program that helps Cancer Survivors get and stay on track through regular exercise in a non competitive and relaxed atmosphere. Thanks you for all your ongoing support!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Strength for Life exercise classes provide me with a weekly opportunity to help build my body back again in a non stressful and comfortable environment with caring people.

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4 Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

A fabulous exercise program for cancer survivors. It is so welcoming, inspiring and Jacquie is the best! A true find. I loved it. Thank you for being there for me. It was perfect

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As my oncologist told me , exercise is the key for staying healthy and cancer free.
As a breast cancer survivor I knew I had to exercise. I have never exercised in my entire life. Strength for life provided me the structure,encouragement and invaluable support that I needed. I always need that extra push and extra help. Jacqui lives, breathes and believes in Strength for Life. Her dedication and belief in what she does is unwavering, How amazing to be able to get a ball, a mat, bands, a bag and a video,all for no charge. The best part of the program is that you can come as often or as little as you want. You are always made to feel welcome. I made a good friend from the program and guess what our favorite activity is, walking at least 2 to 3 miles when we get together. Bravo to Jacqui and Debi. You deserve a million dollars to keep this amazing program going. Thank you so much for being apart of my life. Love you both!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Strength for Life help me be consistence in exercising. It serves two purposes. One for exercising and it feels like a support group. Everyone gets to know each other and it helps to talk and get more knowledge from other patients/survivors. I am very grateful for their services.