You Can Thrive! Foundation

Rating: 4.95 stars   60 reviews

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Location: 535 W 23RD STREET #S8R New York NY 10011 USA

Mission: You Can Thrive! facilitates affordable mind body modalities for all breast cancer survivors, especially those under insured and under served who tend to fare worse after a diagnosis. Our overall program focus is to decrease symptoms while educating about prevention and environmental risk reduction in order to help provide tools for long-term survivorship. Our replicable program has provided care and prevention plans for 600 breast cancer survivors. We have educated 10,000 more on prevention and integrative care.
Results: Preliminary outcome data shows statistically significant results in reducing symptoms and improving overall well being within four weeks of starting our program. Larger study to follow.
Target demographics: Provide access to services not covered by insurance and for Low-income, ethnic disparities, breast cancer survivors, all cancer survivors
Direct beneficiaries per year: 600
Geographic areas served: New York City, ServicesNationwide USA Patient Navigation
Programs: Integrative Patient Navigation, Advocacy, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Massage, Exercise, Tapping, Nutritional Counseling, meditation, movement, peer and pet support. Replicable program designed to provide the best possible outcomes regardless of income.
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EIN 26-3468354
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Rating: 5 stars  

You Can Thrive Foundation offers great healing support for women with breast cancer. The women receiving services come from all walks of life and are wonderful. Volunteer practitioners offer acupuncture, massage, energy healing, nutritional counseling, etc. The quiet, relaxed environment allows practitioners to exchange helpful information with each other. The executive director and program coordinator are professional women with a great vision that they've been able to put into action. I am so very grateful to be a volunteer practitioner for an organization that is offering such important, needed work. I highly recommend this organization to women who need healing support from breast cancer and to anyone looking for a special place to volunteer.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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This is a fantastic organization run by fantastic people! Thanks for all you do. http://thrivingafterbreastcancer.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/what-you-can-thrive-means-to-me/

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?

2012

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2 people found this review helpful

I want to express how grateful and fortunate to have found You Can Thrive! This alternative breast cancer center provides me with treatments such as acupuncture, reflexology massages, reiki, oil treatments, holistic and nutritional services and more to see that my situation turns for the best. Time nor money are on my side and Luana DeAngelis founder of You Can Thrive is over seeing that I get all the help I need be cancer free. I do believe with my oncologist and You Can Thrive! that I will be cancer free and stay that way. Huge thanks for all you help and support You Can Thrive!

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?

2012

How did you find this group?

I found this group by the nurse that was administering my chemo and knew I had a rare cancer and needed additional help other than the conventional.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Because of You Can Thrive I feel like I have a fighting chance to be cancer free!

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2 people found this review helpful

This is a very special place. I call it "safe". Going thru breast ca is traumatic and when the treatment ends one feels at a loss and almost more scared. One needs to deal with the fears and stress (plus weakness from the treatments). YCT does all of that and I am so grateful. I have received acupuncture to enable my walking, my stress and other modalities. You also meet other survivors to help them on their journey. I could not afford ancillary treatments during this time period. When I work again I hope to show my appreciation.

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

I'd add meditation, a lending library, (tapes and books) and yoga and other exercise. Other than that, they are perfect! and need more funding.

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?

2011

How did you find this group?

Columbia University Breast cancer clinic and a friend who was also helped by them.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To appreciate life daily, to take a role in my own healing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have been treating women with breast cancer for many years and I have always felt lucky to have a great resource like You Can Thrive! in nyc. All of my patients who have been there have found it to be an open, non-judgmental, supportive organization. Ms. DeAngelis is truly dedicated to helping others in any way that she can.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Patients of mine have found great support from You Can Thrive! and have benefited from the resources there.

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

I do not know of any changes I would make.

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2 people found this review helpful

I have been a member of You Can Thrive since 2008; I found it through the boutique at Beth Israel Hospital shortly after completing my radiation and chemo. It was very personal and all-women: a great female experience (except for a few male volunteers, who were excellent). Mostly, in a very caring place, the volunteers gave us acupuncture, reflexology, back rubs, aromatherapy, and advice about nutrition and life in geneeral. It was like a spa experience, and it bucked me up physically and mentally for days afterward. We learned there that we could help heal ourselves and others, and that we gave strength to each other by being there and by listening. I met some wonderful people there who were in the same place as I was: getting better after cancer.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I experienced all of the acupuncture, reflexology, back rubs, aromatherapy, nutrition, and the general fellowship among the people there.

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

I think better training of front-desk people would be an improvement; not that the front-desk people aren't great; they are. But I wanted to do some volunteering and was not trained enough for it.

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My name is Luciana Estien and I am a Breast Cancer survivor. I have been going to you-can-thrive foundation for about 7 months now. I am very grateful for the support I am currently receiving from this wonderful foundation. Thanks to you-can-thrive foundation, people like me and other Breast Cancer survivors are receiving the help, the support and the knowledge we all need to live a healthier life. Some of the services provided by the foundation are nutritonal counseling, reflexology, acupuncture, massage, advocacy among others treatments. You-can-thrive is a great access to our community and without their support, breast cancer survivors could not afford these services to we so much are in need off. On behalf of all Breast Cancer survivors, I ask you to please support and help this wonderful foundation so they can continue to provide the education and the treatments to all Breast Cancer survivors. Thank you YOU-CAN-THRIVE for helping us. God Bless each and everyone of you.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I now eat healthier than ever before thanks to their nutritional counseling and I feel less stressed thanks to the massages, acupuncture, and reflexology treatments.

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

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would provide more days during the week for treatments and I would opened up more centers throughout New York City.

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2 people found this review helpful

There are not words to describe how much You Can Thrive helped me heal through my journey with breast cancer. To be able to look forward to a day of the week that is about healing the soul as well as the body is truly remarkable. The acupuncture, reflexology, nutritional counseling, advocacy counseling combined with the amazing group of volunteers and women you meet there- it's a place that I treasure and I hope all women with breast cancer have an opportunity to have access to.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This organization changed my life. When you are thrown into the cancer world and you know nothing You Can Thrive can guide you through with physical treatments, emotional healing and the gift of knowledge to guide you through this difficult journey.

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

I would like for it to have it's own center where you could go more than one day a week to receive all the benefits they provide at no cost.

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2 people found this review helpful

You Can Thrive gave me totally free stress-relieving services (acupuncture, massage, reflexology) during my recovery after surgery for breast cancer. While there, I also received nutritional support, help with obtaining surgical bras through my insurance company and more. The emotional support and caring from others who are or have been in your shoes is phenomenal.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Improved mental and physical well being.

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

put them in a permanent space with a full staff so they could operate every day of the week, not just on Sundays, as what they offer is that beneficial, that great.

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

How did you find this group?

Family member referral

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

taking time out for myself

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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2 people found this review helpful

I am about to leave for my 8th "treatment" at the You Can Thrive Foundation--it's delicious! And a beyond-generous enterprise, providing free services with pro bono office space and staff...everybody doing their best to help. As a cancer survivor I heartily urge your support so we can continue to partake of You Can Thrive's health-enhancements. Plus, I have heard and participated in the comforting conversations among the women served from those like me who have been through it and have suggestions to make...and are cases in point of coming out safe/free. That clearly inspires those in the throes of fighting for their lives...who need all the help they can get. Instructive advice on nutrition and other issues add to all of the above. Do everything you can for You Can Thrive!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Been participating in their program since December.

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

Increase their resources.

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