Strength for Life Inc

Rating: 4.98 stars   137 reviews

Address:

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:

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.

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631-675-6513
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

The benefits in physical and mental health from these classes is far beyond what any one who does not participate can imagine. They are the best

 
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I have been an active client for more than a year. The retreat given by Strength for Life is only a bang initiation to the program of weekly exercise classes they graciously volunteer to cancer survivors. Besides the importance of exercise the peer comradeship formed in these classes is priceless. Thank you Jac and Deb for all you do. You restore faith in humanity!

 
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I just attended a Strength For Life Weekend Retreat. It was a great experience to be able to speak with and share stories with other people on their journey back to health. Jacqui, Debbie and Teresa were a great source of information and inspirational. I enjoyed the yoga, Reiki, Fung Shui talk...all interesting. I am grateful that I was able to participate in this retreat.

 
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Since my breast cancer diagnosis in April 2014 I have had a hard time knowing when it might be ok to do any physical activity. I had to stop going to the gym after my breast surgery. I later developed neuropathy from chemo and pneumonitis from radiation. Jacqui has helped to see me through all of these times. She'll tell me when I shouldn't participate in a specific exercise or have certain activities tailored for each participant depending on their specific problems. As an exercise class this has been the best and one that I can continue no matter which medical problem I develop.

But...this is much more than an exercise class. It is an informal support group where we've all become friends and help talk each other through issues while working out instead of sitting around a table. There is something to be said for both venues but this is a real life important and helpful way of getting through this difficult time.

I attended the weekend retreat last year and it was an experience that I will always hold dear. Not only was it physically challenging and rewarding but, again, the support and friendship was so important and in a more intimate setting than usual support groups.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been struggling to find an exercise class that I enjoyed for years. My doctor has recommended it, and I know it is important to my continuing health. Jaqui's class was the first one I ever truly enjoyed and wanted to go back to. She is awesome, encouraging, and making exercise a fun community experience. I feel better physical and emotionally after attending. It's a win/win and I am so grateful for Strength for Life!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I recently attended the Strength for Life retreat weekend. What a fabulous experience. The women I met were brave and inspiring. The event was very well organized and informative. I walked away feeling relaxed, inspired and empowered to do more for myself. It was a treat to have an event focused on my health and well-being. The entire staff was warm, friendly, happy and sincere.
I also attend the weekly strength for life classes. It has jump started me to exercise. I feel much stronger and capable since beginning these classes. I look forward to seeing the group of ladies and our wonderful instructor, Debbie, each week. We learn exercises that we can do at home (plus have a lot of laughs at the same time). We are all different ages and at different stages of the disease, but have a common bond. I am so very grateful for this organization!
Katherine O’Halloran

 
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2 people found this review helpful

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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2 people found this review helpful

Strength for Life is a place to do more than exercise; it is a place to learn how to help yourself and develop relationships with others in similar situations. It fosters an environment of hope and encourages the participants to be positive.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Several years ago, I found out about Jacqui Enrico and the wonderful things she does for patients with cancer. I was never able to connect to take any of these classes. Finally, I saw a medical facility that I was familiar with being I had my chemotherapy there, the Monter Center in Manhasset. She welcomed me with open arms, supplied me with mat, straps and ball. I'm still in the learning process, but I find Jacquie a no-nonsense instructor with a heart of gold. It is an honor and privilege to be a part of such a wonderful organization, and instructor, Jacqui Enrico. You won't be disappointed.

 
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Jacqui is the greatest instructor I have ever had. I have lung cancer and I do not think about it until I have to go for my Cat scan. I keep making real excuses for not going back but Jacqui encourages and even teases me that I will be back to our Friday classes, so even when I have to pick up my grandson from the bus I do get to class even if I am a little late. Jacqui has always made me feel welcome and we have a great group that keeps me wanting to return. I sometimes feel "poor Jacqui" she has to put up with our nonsense , but this is what makes us want to return and of course the most important thing is that I have learned many exercises that have been very beneficial.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I just came back from a retreat sponsored by Strength for Life, this was the most amazing experience. It was absolutely the best weekend that I have had since my diagnosis 2 years ago. Not only is the staff amazing loving people but the truly amazing brave women that I have met there. It was very well organized and went without any problems whatsoever. I came home from this retreat feeling happy, positive and empowered. It gave me a sense of wellbeing, reignited that fight inside me and also truly made me realize that we are not alone in this battle. I also attend the weekly exercise classes given by Strength for Life which I look forward to as well, not only has it inspired me to get out there and exercise more, but I also met such amazing, loving people as a result. This organization is a godsend and I am so thankful that my path has led me to them. Love, love, love the staff and the whole concept that they stand for. Thank you Debbie, Jacqui and everyone associated with Strength for Life. -Darlene Homire-

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Since my diagnosis, I've had mostly sleepless nights. Worrying about the future and how I was going to make it. I only let the fear that gripped me come out in the silence of the night as everyone else slept. Meeting other survivors and hearing they felt the same, lifted a weight off my shoulders. The retreat weekend gave me laughter and hope. Thanks so much!

 
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