You Can Thrive! Foundation

Rating: 4.95 stars   60 reviews

Issues: Health, Breast Cancer

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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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

As a breast cancer survivor, I feel a strong desire to give back,to help other woman on their journey through breast cancer and beyond. When I heard about YOU CAN THRIVE I was intrigued. When I volunteered at YCT I knew I found the place to do GOOD. A place that's entire agenda is purely to make woman feel good, to offer services that focus on the one person woman often put last in their lives...themselves. And knowing that everyone at YOU CAN THRIVE is there as a volunteer makes it all the more special. The woman know that all those providing services at YCT are doing it purely from the heart, just to make them feel good. Some woman come to talk, share their experiences and receive treatments. Others come to escape and quietly get treatments and rejuvinate. To see woman come in heavy- hearted and leave smiling and light makes it all worthwhile. So often we think about doing things and say "would I benefit from this?" "why would I go there?". Being a part of YOU CAN THRIVE, I have to say "Why wouldn't you come to YCT?"

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

I volunteer at YCT and as a breast cancer survivor I have also received treatments as well. The level of care is amazing. I felt so well cared for during treatment and wonderful afterwards.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

After surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, I began going to You Can Thrive. Physically and emotionally I was a mess. Because of the acupuncture, reflexology and massage treatments I receive, I feel so much better. And the aromatherapy also helps. Stress and anxiety are soothed away at You Can Thrive. But most of all, it is a safe place where we can talk about our difficulties and people care. It is a great comfort to know that there is a place where we can go to gain strength. I feel very fortunate to know all the people who volunteer, receive treatments, and especially Luana Halpern, who runs You Can Thrive.

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

New York City

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

all the love and understanding I've received there.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more people who need care after cancer.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Finally, a setting -- not connected with a medical facility -- that provides a network of professional volunteer services, responsive support, opportunity for survivor learning, and compassion for women with breast cancer. The unique needs of each individual woman in AND out of treatment serve as the primary motivation for U Can Thrive!

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

mind, body, spirit

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

Have it operational > 1 day per week

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

dependability, genuine caring, commitment and professionalism from volunteer staff. Plus, the location is fabulously convenient and the setting itself is beautiful, relaxing and smells great!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

see above + laugh and smile alot :)

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be there for that many more women fighting, surviving and living with breast cancer.

Ways to make it better...

waiting for/between services was slightly minimized (but I a unique as i must travel 1.5 hours each way to get to U can thrive)

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

limited funds -- what else; and relatively little exposure

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a breast cancer survivor, I have found the You Can Thrive Foundation to be a warm enviroment with a staff of caring and compassionate volunteers. Each time I receive my reflexology and acupuncture treatments I feel happy and energetic. My mind, body and spirit is connected. There are healing powers in the hands of the skilled therapists who volunteer their time. I feel blessed to have received such wonderful treatments after my traumatic experience with b/s .........Thanks Luana and all the staff at the YCT foundation for your loving support.

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

have more volunteers

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

feeling great and knowledge of my body.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, compassionate, cheerful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to many patients and change the way they feel.

Ways to make it better...

more time.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Thank you...you can thrive was the only place a single mom on chemo, could go to get some positive energy, the reflexology and massage was wonderful for my mind and body. No cost for women on chemo, I have contacted many non for profit charity's, and most likely get the run a round. Thank you for opening your door with no red tape.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

no cost and people who really care

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

breast cancer survivors.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I pray they will..they could open offices in queens. Brooklyn Staten island,long island . most woman do not have support

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This was a fantastic resource for me after my breast cancer diagnosis and lumpectomy. The support and wonderful treatments (reflexology and acupuncture) that became part of my weekly Sunday routine was invaluable to my understanding of my diagnosis and my healing. I found great inspiration in the other women I met there and most of all in Luana herself who is just the most dedicated and passionate of women I've had the pleasure to know.

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

helping me to chart the right course of healing for myself in treating and recovering from breast cancer.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their total dedication to helping women who are going through the frightening and often overwhelming diagnosis of breast cancer. They provide a calm, restorative, and knowledge focused atmosphere for healing and dealing with this diagnosis.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Overwhelmingly positive and experienced. They had terrific resources for nutrition and alternative healing modalities. All very knowledgeable and very compassionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help women throughout the country, set up centers in other cities to provide the same type of support. Promote themselves and their message more effectively to provide this benefit to the many women who can really use it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I read about this terrific organization from a newspaper that I picked up at a Health food store. The article impressed me and I felt it would be worth my while to check out their website. After viewing it- I was excited because the video explained in detail all the professionally facilitated support and wellness services for women just like me. I highly recommend this organization. My favorite part is the "Reflexology"!!!!!

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

acupuncture and reflexology-it has helped my neuropathy because I am currently getting chemo treatments!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

a beautiful caring group of volunteers and talented healers. I felt taking care of and listened to. Made any difficult side effects easier to endure

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

acupuncture, and reflexology

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

more space/ more privacy

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the professional standards of the therapist

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more women, provide more necessary services for clients, give aways like oils, books, pillows

Ways to make it better...

If there was a social worker available

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

consistancy of Therapist volunteering

One thing I'd also say is that...

Luana is very decicated to helping everyone

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This non profit is run by volunteers. Which means that your donations go towards the free programs they provide to breast cancer survivors. Integrative resources and prevention counseling goes a long way to helping people NOT suffer. Support a new grassroots effort and KNOW that your donation is making a BIG difference.

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

Helping those women devastated by breast cancer begin to heal using integrative means otherwise not available to them.

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

Work on getting the word in the media about this foundation and new resources for the people facing a cancer diagnosis

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

more administrative support

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

learned a lot about cancer and prevention

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

amazing and enlightening and inspiring

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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