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Foundation for Living Beauty

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer

Mission: In 2019, more than 890,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with cancer. Hospitals are beginning to acknowledge the importance of treating the whole person and are incorporating integrative wellness centers that offer complimentary therapies. Recognizing this need since 2005, the Foundation for Living Beauty exists to educate, uplift and empower women with cancer by providing women with opportunities to explore wellness and healing modalities in a peaceful environment while developing a sense of community with other women along the same path. We are driven by the understanding that the challenges women have to overcome on their cancer journeys are complex and multifaceted. With this in mind, programs are specifically designed to facilitate the healing of an individual as a whole: mind, body and spirit. We offer workshops, day and overnight retreats, educational seminars, sisterhood support events, and one-on-one sessions focused on different integrative healing practices. The Foundation for Living Beauty aims to be a source of healing, education, and support for women with cancer. The team at Living Beauty works to address a common problem for many women on their cancer journey: the desire to combine their traditional medical treatment with more alternative treatment options that address all aspects of a patient’s life. We aim to offer support for our “Living Beauties” that gives them the tools and empowers them to aid in their continued healing no matter where they are on their cancer journey or what challenges they may be facing at any given time related to their cancer experience.

Results: What started out as a small sisterhood that created healing energy for one another, has since grown into a vibrant nonprofit organization focused on internal wellness and healing. Currently, more than 900 women with all types of cancer at many different points in their journey call The Foundation for Living Beauty home, and our staff provides more than 45 wellness opportunities per year for women to learn and build community with others. We have been at the forefront of holistic wellness and continue to create new opportunities for women. In the recent pandemic, the organization pivoted to online programming, enabling our Living Beauties to have wellness and support experiences from the safety of their homes. An added benefit is that now Living Beauty’s programs are more accessible to women from other geographic areas. When the organization returns to in-person programming, virtual programming will continue to be a resource to women from other parts of the country who want to experience what Living Beauty has to offer. Our long-term goal is to create our own Wellness Center, where women can come to experience the wellness opportunities Living Beauty has to offer on a more continual basis.

Target demographics: women in their cancer journey

Direct beneficiaries per year: nearly 900 women are members of The Foundation for Living Beauty, and have access to more than 40 program events per year, all offered free of charge to women with cancer.

Geographic areas served: Southern California and nationwide via virtual events

Programs: Overnight and day wellness retreats, educational seminars, sisterhood-building events, wellness kits to women in chemotherapy

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Rob Keen

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've had the good fortune of seeing in person the positive impact of this organization on women's lives. I posted a picture from a natural healing workshop I attended where the women were hearing self-care ideas from a homeopathic pharmacist .

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is making a BIG difference in the lives of hundreds of women who are navigating their own individual journeys with cancer. What I love about it is it takes a positive, empowering approach through a committed and supportive community and fully immersive programs that educate and immerse these Living Beauties in ways to bring wellness into their lives.

I was so lucky to have discovered this gem while searching for a likeminded charity for my company to support. I was so blown away by the uniqueness and power of the program that I joined the Board because I wanted to do more to help! The only thing preventing the program from expanding faster to help many many more women is the financial resources to do it. Every donation, however small, goes a LONG way toward changing lives.

Dunya Merell D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been both a member and on the receiving end of this amazing non-profit's programming and now have been on the board of directors for almost two years. This is a top notch non-profit led by clarity and thoughtful leadership that speaks to it's amazing success and growing sphere of influence for women going through cancer. It offers the unique and needed things for women to heal and cope and learn and change and find community and transformation and healing.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Living Beauty is a very personal organization for me...I found refuge in it when I was going through my healing from cancer journey. My journey came at the heals of my mothers passing from cancer and this community nurtured me in a way that nothing else did. As a way to give back to this very unique and important work I joined the Board of Directors and am deeply thankful to be able to give back to women going through what I went through. From it's inception this non-profit sought to help in a way that no one else really did. Founded by the daughter of a woman going through her own battle, Amie has guided the programs and built a community around healing in a very organic, thoughtful and powerful way. Leaning into alternative modalities that I myself relied on as well, LB offers treatments, retreats and education in so many under represented yet crucial subjects related to cancer recovery that address the body, mind and spirit imbalances. One of the beautiful results is really uniting women to bring them out of isolation and into profound self care sometimes for the very first time in their lives! I can't say enough about my deep gratitude for this work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a Board Member with The Foundation For Living Beauty. We help support women who are battling cancer. My mother experienced oral cancer twice. She lost her 2nd battle at age 90. Our resources can help any age with whatever help they need. Our niece is now battling brain cancer. We have a private Facebook page that allows our Living Beauties to talk to other women with cancer and all the struggles that come with this disease. As a Board member I enjoy reaching out to our community to educate any woman who may need our services as well as Community Leaders who can help us move forward. Our Living Beauties are wonderful women and deserve everything we can offer them.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first found out about this amazing nonprofit in Pasadena, CA when my former next door neighbor told me about it. She had just accepted the position of Executive Director and was very excited about their mission. Since then I have participated in several of the events that help raise funds to support the different programs for the over 800 women we service. It is truly inspiring to see the joy in these women's faces when they attend one of the many retreats or workshops the Foundation provides. Take a moment to look at their website so you can see and become a part of this amazing nonprofit. www.livingbeauty.org

Board Member

Rating: 5

Our Company has supported many nonprofits over the years and I can honestly say non are as dedicated, supportive, creative, loving, and effective as Foundation for Living Beauty. I love this organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to serve the Foundation For Living Beauty as a Board Member. After my wife, Christine, was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2015, and again in March 2017, we have both been proud supporters of FLB's mission. Cancer is not just a disease that affects the individual who's diagnosed. It is a trial that affects that individual, friends, and family in a multitude of ways. For those experience cancer, and their loved ones, FLB offers a tribe of confidantes to be there. It is a powerhouse of positivity and belongingness for those who are, or have, experienced the trial of cancer. This is a mission that must only grow and reach more women. Let's make it happen!

KSHIFT

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When the pandemic hit, the needs of women with cancer became even more challenging. The Foundation for Living Beauty exemplifies what it means to rise to that challenge. They quickly pivoted from in person to virtual. Their commitment and creativity is allowing them to find different and in some cases even better ways to serve these Living Beauties, many of whom were limited in their ability to participate in in-person settings, even before COVID hit. As a result of their responsiveness to this unexpected disruption, the FFLB is now able to expand their reach and their impact, beyond what they previously thought possible. Whether you are a potential funder or considering being a volunteer, you can be confident that your time, energy and resources will make a significant difference in the lives of women throughout their cancer journey and beyond.

Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot recommend highly enough the Foundation for Living Beauty and its caring, competent and amazing leadership and staff!

I am so honored and happy that my path intersected with this organization which, with genuine passion and focus, continues to support, lift up and love women on their individual cancer journeys....

Hooray for this very special and fiscally responsible non-profit, and hooray for the strong and beautiful women they serve! There are so many ways to support this organization, and all are appreciated whether money, donations, service, or spiritual support. Love them!

Dan H.8

Donor

Rating: 5

We love donating to the Foundation for Living Beauty. My mom was a breast cancer survivor and I am super grateful that they serve so many women with cancer with a variety of services, but mainly love, community, and hope. Their small staff accomplishes so much, with a small budget. Their passion and commitment inspire us to do more and be better.

Gayle Marie M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A Cancer diagnosis is hard for most to people to understand the life changes that are headed their way. For myself, this was particularly true as I had never even heard of Follicular Lymphoma nor had I ever even been confronted with a disease at all in my 50 years of a very healthy and happy life.
Having a support group of other women fighting cancer was not only the best & quickest education of what was to come, it was an instant 24/7 help line of over 800 others that could be called upon for help of all sorts.
My mental wellness is reliant upon The Foundation of Living Beauty and their supporters. Without them, without our donors, without my friends, I would not have survived all that I have gone through since my diagnosis. I know that sounds exaggerated, but it is the honest truth.
The wellness programs offered to us at no charge is priceless. The programs saved my marriage many times, and saved my life by giving me the tools I needed to continue to survive this new life that was forever, suddenly altered.
If you know a woman facing cancer, please give her the greatest gift ever by introducing her to The Foundation For Living Beauty.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My life completely changed since coming to meet the beautiful people of The Foundation For Living Beauty.
I had a horrible TWO YEAR treatment with adverse reaction every month during my 2016/17 chemotherapy treatments for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. ER, Hospitalizations and a Mound of Medical bills waiting for me when I got home. I swore up and down that I would NEVER do treatment again.

BUT NOW....
1. I’m stronger and I look and feel great wearing my new makeup by one of our sponsors, Thrive Causemetics.
BEFORE: I stopped wearing makeup because there was nowhere and no one to go anywhere with that could understand me. Picture included, see for yourself.

2. My health is improving greatly with my added therapies. I learned (for free), about yoga, painting my stress away, cannabis for pain and nausea, self lymph massage, sound baths and many more complementary therapies from The Foundation For Living Beauty.
BEFORE: I was in bed, unable to get up on my own and majorly depressed! I’m 53, and taking a shower wore me out for the rest of the day. I couldn’t bath, I couldn’t clean, and was one hot mess!

3. My skin is better. Weleda is one of our sponsors and I’ve never glowed and smelled and felt so soft and touchable in my life.
BEFORE: I had neglected the additional help my skin needed when on Chemo. Oh, and then there was the “chemo rash” - ugh. Weleda Skin Food Saved My Skin!!!!! Weleda saved my spirit and I’d love to share that story another day.

4. The sisterhood. I’ve had soup delivered, flowers given, mementos shared. But the best part of the sisterhood is they are so SMART. They have been through or going through this too and journaled their treatment and so now, I have hands on experiences all around me to share my issues with at 3 am in the morning need be.
That’s right, insomnia has hit us all and there is always one of us 800 women to text or talk to when needed. It’s fabulous.

5. Nancy Davidson. I don’t like to share her name anymore because I want her all to myself. Our director is really an angel in disguise. If you haven’t had the opportunity to speak with her as a potential donor, call now. She must make it very easy because we have some great sponsors recruited by Nancy and more are pouring in. You are AMAZING Nancy and always know what we need. Every product that you carefully pick out for us are products or therapies I continue to use. That’s how good you are. Before: I really thought the world had changed and unfortunately, for the worse. I thought it may be because I live in a large city now and people are not as friendly to each other. I thought people had stopped caring and were just to busy to ask.

Then I met The Foundation For Living Beauty
And now I live my life Beautiful every day chemo or not! Thank you Loving Beauty, from the bottom of my heart!!! If you are fighting cancer, I want you to reach out to The Foundation For Living Beauty ladies. Hey men, significant others and care givers get a lot of perks and information too. Trust me, it’s changed my life 100 percent and then some.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fortunate to be a Living Beauty of this wonderful organization. They are the most compassionate, professional, kind, loving, intelligent, understanding group of people on staff, board and founder. Any woman who has or has had cancer should join the best sisterhood ever! They provide opportunities for “Living Beauty’s” to meet, talk, bond during yoga, meditation, nutrition, etc; beauty makeovers, retreats and meetings and all free! They have speakers on numerous subjects such as, nutrition, clean beauty products, alternative remedies, art and gratefulness, journaling, sound baths and so many others. I am so thankful for this organization.

1 Aubrey A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful healing group that sincerely cares about people. I am so grateful to them for their love and their donors

Client Served

Rating: 5

Their workshops and programs have been an important part of my healing process and ability to navigate through my health condition. I appreciate their role in making these available.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Living Beauty is one of the most heartfelt, heart-filled organizations I have ever come across. The Board is actually connected to their Living Beauties and some are Living Beauties. I wish that I had known about them and had their wind at my said when I was on the other side. I could not be more proud to be involved in supporting their mission of supporting women through their journey.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization has done so much, for so many, and is one of the best foundations I have had the honor to be involved with. I especially love the approach they take in healing the mind, body, and soul making every living beauty feel safe and connected.

hollyarie

Board Member

Rating: 5

My background is in public health, and I've spent considerable time researching cancer-based organizations. I was beginning to lose hope about what was available to women going through the experience of cancer, continuing my search for a community rooted in the power of human connection, education and active empowerment. I knew I had found what I was looking for when I met Nancy, the Executive Director for Foundation for Living Beauty. Not only did the Foundation exceed all my hopes, but 91% of all donations go directly to programs, workshops and events to benefit the “Living Beauties”. I was equally touched and impressed by the Founder, Amie, who is such a force for good with a special vision.

I’m privileged to be on the Board of this truly unique foundation, and to be a part of a community constantly working to empower and uplift women navigating cancer at any point in their journey. I’ve found that the meaning of family for many Living Beauties deepens with each event attended, with each connection made, and even within the comforting words of encouragement from another woman who’s got your back no matter what lies ahead or behind you.

Erin G.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am not only Director of the Board of The Foundation For Living Beauty, I am also a Living Beauty myself. Living Beauty is an organization that I have seen transform lives including my own. Through educational workshops, sisterhood events, wellness retreats and so much more, our women are able to thrive and truly take a hold of their lives and their cancer journeys. Women feel empowered and uplifted through these events and the relationships with the other women in the organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to have found the love and support the Foundation of Living Beauty has brought into my life. From retreats to educational classes and days of beauty, monthly dinners, etc.....

From the women who run this organization to all the women they serve, I am truly blessed to have them all in my life.

On days when things feel rough and tumble, I can reach out to any one of them and get the encouragement I need to keep on keeping on.

cmcastillo1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Foundation For Living Beauty is an outstanding organization, with an amazing commitment to serving hundreds of women, and their families, throughout their journey with cancer. As the proud husband of a true warrior, who battled breast cancer (twice) and won, I cannot emphasize the value of Foundation For Living Beauty's role in serving women with a positive outlet for holistic support and a sisterhood-like comradery. With all the services out there, it's this type of support that helps our warriors thrive while in such a tough journey. I look forward to continuing to see this organization change lives and inspire some of the toughest women I know and am yet to meet.

Michael R.6

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Foundation for Living Beauty is an amazing organization that supports women with any type of cancer, through any part of their cancer journey. Now supporting over 800 women, the organization helps uplift them with an array of different overnight retreats and day workshops. Each living beauty is welcome to come to the events, free of charge! It is absolutely amazing. With over 91% of donations going directly to program events, every donation received is a huge help to the women the organization serves.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the Foundation For Living Beauty after my primary treatments for Breast Cancer, but was still having mobility and strength issues. The gifts I have received from this amazing organization are many - starting with the wonderful friendships I've made with other women who are fighting for their lives against all manners of cancer. There is something truly spiritual about getting together with this group of beautiful women, whether it's to practice yoga, share a meal and a laugh, or to cry together when one of our sisters has fallen. I am so incredibly lucky to have been introduced to these women. Finally - the staff is incredibly empathetic and loving to all of the beauties - from Amie and Trina all the way down the line. Having worked in the nonprofit World, I cannot say enough about the caliber of the leaders at FFLB. They are top-notch, as is this very special organization:)

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Foundation For Living Beauties is an amazing non-profit providing wonderful retreats for women going through or recovered from cancer. I have been to a number of retreats through my cancer journey but no other has been as personal and rewarding an experience as this one was. This is a very special group of women putting the retreats together and they are the "key" ingredient that makes TFFLB so wonderful!

Cassandra9

Client Served

Rating: 5

First introduced to the foundation when I sat next to the mother of the Founder - Jonie Petersen - who has now gone on to be with The Lord...that was the day my life changed forever...Amie (Petersen) Satchu started the organization in honor of her mom
Jonie who was battling with Multiple Myeloma - the same cancer I was diagnosed with in
2001...I was rediagnosed in 2009 and have been in some sort of treatment since then...including multiple surgeries, 2 bone marrow transplants, full body chemo and radiation... I just had my last surgery 3weeks ago, 3 weeks of radiation to my tailbone last month and I restarted chemo again last week...it seems like it's never ending for me!! HOWEVER...I STILL BELIEVE GOD and I'm hoping to RECEIVE my TOTAL and COMPLETE HEALING RESTORATION and WHOLENESS vet soon...this is just the process I must go thru before my healing manifests!! I believe in Miracles❤️❤️❤️ and FFLB is a part of that MIRACLE for me!! Tari Prinster flown in all the way from New York City has taught me RESTORATIVE yoga which has helped me to gain both inner and outer strength to
do the simplest thing for some tho very challenging for ME - ie) getting up
And down from the floor....other beauty experts have given me make overs and / or make up (which I love) to help me maintain a sense of beauty when on the outside it doesn't always look
so pretty...health professionals come in to give us tips on eating acupuncture and overall cancer survival!! FFLB is AMAZING!! They have cared for me and LOVED me in ways I cannot describe!! If you want to join or donate to the organization PLEASE don't think twice about it!! It's the BEST investment you'll ever make!! (Any religious comments are those of my own - FFLB represents no religious affiliation)...God Bless FFLB!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!❤️❤️❤️

idarosenberg

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Foundation For Living Beauty is about "Educating, uplifting and empowering women in their fight against cancer."
The retreats that we are able to attend are truly gifts from god as they heal us both physically and mentally. Our minds, bodies, and spirits are nurtured as our essence becomes enhanced. We are each made to feel beautiful as we become empowered by the realization of the strength we possess. We are celebrated as individuals, and forever united as sisters as we are made to feel that we are all "Living Beauties".
At my first “Living Beauty” retreat I felt so confident that on the 3rd day during our Restorative Yoga class I took the scarf off my head for the very first time in public. As everyone around me applauded I started to cry and immediately my fellow “Living Beauties” joined me. It was at that moment that I understood the true meaning of sisterhood and a lifetime bond was forged. Although no words were spoken I heard each one of my fellow “Beauties” thoughts. The love, support, acceptance and understanding that I felt were so overwhelming that although I was completely bald, I truly felt beautiful. I am honored to be a "Living Beauty". http://livingbeauty.org/