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Causes: Breast Cancer, Health

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.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I arrived at Thrive a few days before my chemo began, terrified about the toxic drugs coming down the pike and their potential effects on my otherwise healthy body. Fast forward a few months--all eight rounds of chemo completed--and I can tell you that two things got me through this physically and emotionally grueling time: support from my family and friends plus the services and community provided by You Can Thrive. The holistic modalities on offer (acupuncture, reiki and nutritional counseling to name a few) are top notch in easing pain and aiding healing, but it goes far beyond that. The practitioners who volunteer their time and expertise do so with such openness, warmth and a genuine desire to help the women they serve. As a client, I always felt welcomed and fully accepted by the providers, volunteers and founder Luana herself. It's a safe environment where breast cancer patients can doff their wigs, reveal their fears and share their stories, all while receiving wonderful, complementary treatments to balance the harsh effects of traditional cancer protocols. I'm grateful I found Thrive, through a survivor at a SHARE support group, and I'm happy when I can return the favor to another newly diagnosed woman. It's as if I'm passing along a treasured key that opens the door to surviving cancer with just a little more ease and grace and a lot more happiness and good health.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Massage and Polarity Therapist and I love giving session at YCT. The atmosphere is warm, friendly, easy to share your gifts and help women on their journey through/with Breast Cancer. Being a part of YCT helps me feel and remember the basic truth of just being with someone is the best medicine in the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working at You Can Thrive! I have met some of the most extraordinary and inspiring people there.

2 Janie H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a photographer and I photographed the services that You Can Thrive brings to women. Seeing the wonderful service they provide to women, and having a mother with breast cancer, it made me very proud to use my photography to spread the word about this wonderful, caring center. You Can Thrive not only helps women cope with Cancer, they truly help women thrive with the disease and live with it, raising their spirits! That is so meaningful to the women who feel no one else understands. It's a positive place where they encourage each other - laughter is the best medicine and they encourage and give women, who are devastated, a reason to laugh and be happy! Empowering!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience at You Can Thrive! has been phenomenal. I really enjoy my volunteering there on Sundays. It is a beautiful and supportive atmosphere.

1 Birgit N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You Can Thrive Foundation's services are cutting edge. YCT fills a gap where no gap should be and I am happy to be part of it. I offer Reflexology sessions to YCT clients who also receive other integrative services, as well as advocacy. YCT sets an example and has been doing so for years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

You Can Thrive is showing us the way. Women of all ages who are undergoing intense and long-term medical treatments associated with breast cancer and experience the trauma associated should be offered the kind of treatments that You Can Thrive provides.

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yctf 02/17/2011

Good Idea About the referral listing Birgit. Thank you.

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Yelena B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Luana DeAngelis through a friend and her dedication to the cause of providing complimentary treatment to women wit breast cancer inspired me to get involved in her cause. I am now both an intern and a volunteer for You Can Thrive and it has been one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences of my life. The healing nourishment and group support that this foundation provides has by now become an indispensable resource for the community and the women suffering from this illness. If you want to make a difference in people's lives, there is no better way and no better cause than this.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at YCT many times and it has never failed to help me feel gratitude and wonder at how much more I receive when I give my time and service to others. Meeting the loving volunteers, and the courageous clients have made a big difference in understanding how community should truly work. Great organization, wonderful support and information for patients undergoing difficult life transistions. Cudos and Rewards for YCT, a great organization with true healing at it's heart. Geraldine Lesser

Jessica47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being involved in You Can Thrive has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. You can see the difference being made in the lives of these women while there. This organization is so desperately needed as people are impacted by the emotional and financial burden that comes with a diagnosis like cancer. I'm so grateful You Can Thrive exists!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I do not remember my first day working with You Can Thrive; the days blend together as a single, thematic experience — checking in clients and looking out at the waiting room, seeing people talking about the weather, their families, and what they've been up to on the weekends. Chit-chat wafting around the room interspersed with spurts of chuckles. An occasional sigh. The underlying pulse is clear — that this space is safe and loving. Many women, especially in underprivileged communities, suffer from cancer and do not have access to palliative care. You Can Thrive is exceptional. It's a treasure created and nurtured by so many hands and spirits. Although each day brings its own challenges, the animating force of You Can Thrive is the commitment of its community.

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