STRENGTH FOR LIFE INC

Rating: 4.97 stars   110 reviews

Issues: Health, Breast Cancer

Location: 902 Constance Ln % Jacqueline Errico Port Jefferson Sta. NY 11776 USA

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: For the last six years, 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, North Shore LIJ Health System, Winthrop University 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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Teresa Doherty and I am a breast cancer survivor. I attended strength for life's 1st weekend wellness retreat and I was blown away at what they had to offer to cancer patients and survivors at NO COST. It was a weekend filled with peace, love and compassion. Debbie and Jaqui and all the others who gave their time that weekend were amazing in making me feel inspired, strengthened and empowered. I now understand why that is their mantra. It was exactly what at needed in my healing journey at that time. I was so impressed with their mission and what they offered to cancer patients that I knew I had to get involved. I wanted to pay it forward and help others like myself get the information about complimentary therapies and experience them first hand so I asked to help out at the following retreats doing Reiki, which I am certified. The rest is history... I now have my husband involved with fundraising and also he is the entertainment at the yearly SFL "Rockin FunRaiser". I am proud to say I am a Board Member and totally dedicated to helping this amazing organization help many other cancer patients!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am an Appendix Cancer survivor and I attended the Strength For Life Wellness Retreat in Hauppauge. What an experience. Thank you Jacqui for thinking of me and inviting us when there was a cancellation. There were so many informative discussions that we had - things I would never have learned if I hadn't come. The classes were both fun and relaxing and gave everyone the chance to just sit and breath and not have to think about anyone or anything else. But most of all I will cherish the new friendships that I made! Thank you Strength For Life for this amazing experience!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There is not one thing that I would change about this wonderful organization!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attend weekly exercise classes run by this group, and also just attended their most recent Wellness Weekend. What a treat it was ! I really needed the laughter and camaraderie of other women in similar situations. This small group offers amazing services and I thank them for everything they do !

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am currently in active and aggressive treatment for breast cancer and was able to attend this past weekends' Strength for Life Wellness Retreat in between chemotherapy treatments. This is the first time I've ever attended anything like this but it will definitely NOT be the last. I had the most amazing time because immediately upon arriving, the hosts were so genuine and sincere that i felt welcomed and comfortable. that, alone, set the tone for the rest of my experience there. The classes provided are informative and the instructors and/or guest speakers are knowledgable, down to earth and engaging. Above all, the network of people that the organization has brought together is incredible. I was overwhelmed with the courage and positive outlook that these cancer survivors exhibit and found myself even more confident about my own coming victory over this vicious disease just because I had this opportunity to listen to stories, share information and make great new friends. It's been a long time since I've laughed that much in one night! Definitely an experience that I'll cherish and never forget!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes at all to the people or organization other than to help them expand and touch as mny lives as possible!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Stage II breast cancer survivor. I was looking for retreats online and came across Strength for Life. I emailed my name in and was very blessed to be accepted into their retreat - as I am not in the Long Island area resident. I stepped way out of my comfort zone - I went alone not knowing anyone - but they welcomed me with open arms - from the very moment I walked in the door. This retreat opened me up to a world of new ideas - strength training exercise, zumba, yoga, reike, natural medicines, feng shui, and writing as a way to heal. I am going to implement some of these areas into my life. I met a group of women and one man - all in the same boat or "hot seat" as myself. We learned, laughed, and cried together. This weekend was just what I needed and I thank Strength for Life from the bottom of my heart.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None - I wish they could come to Dutchess County

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The SFL wellness weekend was wonderful. Sharing battle stories, meeting different people, and hearing about varying treatments was a very motivational experience. It was also one of the few times I can say, I was actually relaxed when I left! That in itself is amazing. The days activities were very fun and informative. I took away helpful ideas, some new information and a lot of phone numbers for new friends!! Thanks Debbie, Jacqui and Theresa for making this wonderful organization possible!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have it and its services expand the area it reaches.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

MY WEEKEND EXPERIENCE WITH STRENGHT FOR LIFE IS PROBLABLY THE BEST NON PROFIT
EXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER HAD. I PREVIOUSLY IN WHITE PLAINS BELONGED TO GILDA'S CLUB OF
WESTCHESTER WHICH HAD NUMEROUS PROGRAMS WHICH I WISH WERE AVAILABLE HERE...
BUT THIS WEEKEND RUN AND FUNDED BY THIS SMALL ORGANIZATION BY FAR WAS NOTHING I EXPERIENCED BEFORE . THERE IS SO MUCH LOVE AND DEVOTION GIVEN BY THOSE WHO RUN THIS.
GOD BLESSS THEM AND HELP THEM TO GAIN A GILDA'S CLUB OF SUFFOLK OR LONG ISLAND.
I WILL DEVOTE ANY TIME AND ENERGY TO ACHIEVE THIS

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

HELP TO MAKE THEM A TRUE FULL PLEDGED ORIGANIZATION LIKE GILDA'S TO SUPPORT ALL CANCER Survior's friends and family

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a woman with cancer. I participated in the strength training classes which are free. Ball, bands and mat are also given free of charge. I enjoyed the 8 weeks of classes very much. The exercises help my body and the support of all cancer participants help me mentaly. This weekend I was invited to a free wellness weekend
retreat. Again, while enjoyinng the support of other woman I learned so much. This organization is a gem.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Although I am reviewing Strength for Life as a donor, I have also been a volunteer at their annual runs and I would assure anyone reading this that Jacqui and Debbie, the co-founders of Strength for Life, are both extremely passionate about their work with cancer patients and survivors. Additionally, I am confident that Jacqui and Debbie are excellent stewards of each donation that they receive and anyone considering a donation to Strength for Life be assured that their donation will help Strength for Life provide services to the greatest number of individuals possible.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently returned from the weekend wellness retreat In Hauppauge. What an amazing experience! I was certainly pushed out of my comfort zone but could not be more grateful to Jacqui, Debbie, and Teresa for extending an invitation to me. The three of you are incredible! I am also thankful for the women I met and now count as my ‘sisters’ on this journey. From the guest speakers, to the fitness instructors and the dialogue exchanged, I certainly feel blessed. Thank you for providing the time for me to heal. I look forward to attending the exercise classes in the future. Again, I cannot say thank you enough! - Emily

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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