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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Breast Cancer, Health, Health Care

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.

Community Stories

192 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had such an AMAZING Time at the.....Strength for Life Retreat the weekend of Feb 29th-March 1st, 2020. It was my first time and as a survivor I didn't know what to expect. Debbie, her staff, the guest speakers and volunteers made this weekend such an inspiring one. I felt so loved & supported by everyone that my heart was filled with joy ! I can't say I liked 1 thing better than the other because the whole experience was so uplifting. I made such a connection with all who attended, let the new friendships begin ! I can not wait for the next one. Thank you for all that you do, Debbie & the entire organization.

1 Jodi M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had such an amazing weekend! This was my very first Strength for Life retreat, and it ABSOLUTELY won’t be my last!
I completed my chemo treatment a few weeks ago, and I was nervous about exercising for the first time. (Confession: I’ve never been much of an exerciser!) Having Debbie as a guide, made all of my fears fade away. Every single minute of her class was motivating and safe. It was comforting to be surrounded by women who were so loving and supportive as well.
Our reiki circle was powerful, the yoga was relaxing and the food was delicious! All in all, this weekend was an amazing experience. After months and months of stress, worry, scans, side effects and discomfort, this retreat was good for my body, mind and soul. Thank you, Strength for Life! You go above and beyond for cancer patients and survivors!

4 Tammy S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Strength For Life!!!
I am so happy I finally found you! I finished my treatment this past July and couldn't get motivated to exercise. I registered for your Tuesday night class and I am thrilled. Debbie you are amazing! I am getting out, exercising, meeting and making new friends and feeling a renewed sense of hope and strength. I attended the wellness retreat this weekend and was so inspired by the LOVE, energy, compassion and support of every single person I met. All of the classes were organized, fun and inspirational. The meals provided were top quality! The accommodations were superb. I LOVED it! Tammy Sayres

2 Liz D.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Strength for Life is a gift, before this weekend, I started to attend weekly exercise classes, I then had the honor of being invited to a SFL retreat, do yourself a favor and go to the website, register for a retreat or join an exercise class, there are free yoga programs, empowerment groups, and many many many more services available.

Besides gaining a few pounds overnight from all the food, I feel loved, I feel empowered, I feel good inside, filled with gratefulness for all these angels on earth‼️❤️❤️❤️

The best thing I can say to you is survivor, currently in treatment, it doesn’t matter, we came to the retreat and left with some new friends and an overwhelming sense of love.

http://strengthforlifeny.org/what-we-do/wellness-retreats

Check it out‼️

3 Concetta I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Strength for Life's Empowerment Group and Write to Heal Group have had a tremendous impact on my overall well being.
They provide me with an atmosphere of safety and respect.
Listening to others share their feelings and/or writings openly has helped me to be more confident about expressing my own emotions. The groups offer hope, inspiration, encouragement and have made it easy for me to share my "voice"-something which I have always had difficulty doing.
It is comforting to know that I am not alone in this struggle.
Thank you Strength For Life for all you do!

...."Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over-it became a butterfly."

Maxene H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have experienced some of the programs that Strength for Life offers - exercise, weekend retreat, empowerment group. The staff are very friendly, supportive and informative. The participants are instantly bonded by this common health condition. I personally enjoy the empowerment group and feel the support, love and wellness each time I go. All the programs stress tomorrow will be better, be grateful for what you have and look towards the future. This is a bump in the road, and you will overcome.

2 Sharon Emery D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There's no good side to cancer, but we have the ability to find a silver lining behind this dark cloud. The Strength for Life program represents such a sliver lining. I once asked one of my oncologists "what's the best way to decrease the chance of cancer recurring?" Her answer was a concise "exercise". Well, that resonated with me. I heard of SFL incidentally and I'm glad I acted on the tip. To exercise with people in the same boat as me could really hep me with my physical conditioning regimen in an effort to keep my body as strong as possible. I was never into physical conditioning or working out...a sliver lining...SFL landed in my lap. It got me exercising. But that's not all. When you attend SFL fitness classes, whether it be yoga or exercise conditioning, a bond and comradery develops with the other clients. That in itself is a positive effect on one's well-being. Support is invaluable. That's what we offer to each other. I have honestly never felt so strong, physically, mentally, emotionally, as I do now since joining SFL. I know there are many practitioners, but big thanks go out to the very knowledgeable, compassionate instructors that I have had the pleasure of following, Debbie Hughes and Isabel Schaefer. The program has really given me a new Strength in my Life to help me fight this disease. I am very grateful for that.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It's just incredible how something so good could exist as a result of something so bad. Cancer can be a life zapper in so many ways. Strength for Life is the opposite. It's a vehicle for providing encouragement and restoring hope to cancer survivors through compassionate, empathetic guidance in exercise. And in turn, a renewal, physical and emotional happens! People are brought together and there's almost an immediate bond...there's at the very least a common bond, which is healing from the ravages of cancer in some way through exercise! I love that I found Strength For Life!

Janet159

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Best! They help and encourage you. Awesome people

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Having Cancer and all in entails is very scary, of course. But this organization has the most awesome and caring people. They take you into their fold and you don't feel so all alone. They truly, truly care about YOU. Debbie Hughes is uplifting and sweet. They all are!!! Their retreats are really Awesome too! You have to go it, especially if you don't feel like socializing. You will not regret it. The 'Me' time is invigorating!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

"Strength for Life "is an incredible organization! I have been involved with it for a few years and it gets better all the time! The exercise, stretching, yoga and nutrition classes have all helped me greatly with maintaining a healthy lifestyle . I was so very fortunate to have been able to attend a weekend retreat offered thru Strength for Life and found it to be truly life changing in so many ways. As a survivor of breast cancer, I am looking for current information/research and tools I can incorporate to stay well. In addition, the friends and support I have benefitted from is an extra bonus. The folks involved with the classes are the best possible. They are knowledgeable, compassionate and fun! How fortunate we are to have this organization in our community!

Client Served

Rating: 5

After winter blahs and treatment woes, I was in somewhat of a slump, but this past weekend I attended the Wellness Retreat given by Stength for Life and facilitated by Debbie and Theresa. I am now inspired and motivated to start exercising again and choose healthy foods for better nutrition. Thank you Debbie and Theresa, and all the others who were responsible for such an amazing weekend!

Sara Lorenz

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the retreat this weekend and its truly soul elevating . The Leadership of Debbie and Teresa was awesome and bringing all the volunteers to pamper us was so amazing. Meeting with my fellow "Pink Sisters" was such a great feeling of happiness that I was able to hear their stories is very inspirational. One thing that I truly like the most is that all of us are allowed to share resources that some organization don't allow us to do so. To be honest , I truly enjoy the retreat and I'm thankful and grateful to SFL for bringing me in to be part of the family.
SFL did an amazing job and with Debbie and Teresa giving their pure heart with pure action and they see to it that we all go home with a smile on our faces. Wish that they could expand in Manhattan and other places so that they can reach out more survivors that could benefit from the program.

Also,I was so happy to meet a survivor that knows my supervisor and we both are from the same hospital where we get our treatment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is truly a blessing. I have no doubt that the classes have strengthened me both physically, and emotionally. I just returned from my first retreat with a group of survivors, it was awesome! We learned many ways that we can help ourselves feel better and cope with stress. The camaraderie and information that was shared is invaluable.

flyinhi208

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing is the best word to describe this program and co founder Debbie and Teresa. More caring, personable, knowledgeable and giving people you could not ask for. The exercise classes, the great fundraiser nights, the walks and of course, the retreats are the very best and come at a time in our journey when we need it most. Any cancer "thriver" knows the value of someone who understands and listens and provides help in so many ways, mentally, physically and spiritually. If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. So very grateful I found them during this difficult stage of my life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Can I give more than 5 stars? This program, leaders, retreat are amazing. Debbie is so warm and friendly, I felt a connection immediately. I was lucky enough to be able to participate in one of their retreats, coming as a stranger and not knowing anyone, leaving with hugs and a warm heart and new friends. The exercise program and participants are all encouraging and friendly. Debbie caters each exercise to individual needs which is important for each cancer patient.
Looking forward to my first walk on November 20th and have signed up for the 13 mile walk in June. Better start training!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I heard about your yoga classes which came just in time. I was feeling disconnected, depressed, and having no extra money to do anything for myself, these classes gave me back a piece of me that I once knew, before my breast cancer diagnosis.....THANK YOU for offering the yoga for FREE- the instructor helped me realize I can safely do yoga and it has been so helpful for my recovery both mentally and physically! I am so grateful that Strength for Life offers so many programs for free which has been so helpful with all the medical costs that I have accrued since my stage 4 breast cancer diagnosis.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could never thank Debbie Hughes enough for the Strength For Life Program! I heard of the program on channel 12 news when i was at the lowest point in my life physically, emotionally and financially after a diagnosis of breast cancer. I was unable to go back to work and even though i knew i needed help, i knew I could not afford it. Thats when STRENGTH FOR LIFE saved my life! Debbie Hughes not only provided proper exercises to help recovery and emotional support i needed, but told me about a Wellness Retreat which provided information on numerous other programs available for free for breast cancer patients..yoga, exercise classes, walking groups, reiki, empowerment groups, wellness retreats, financial grants, etc. programs many breast cancer patients would probably never be able to afford! Thank you, thank you, thank you Debbie Hughes and Strength For Life! I will allways be gratefull!! Janet Horan

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 1/2 years ago. I went through necessary treatments with a very good prognosis. However, i found myself feeling worse and worse physically and emotionally. I was having joint and muscle effects from the medications and could not function well enough to go back to work for almost two yearsalong with terrible insomnia. I saw an ad for Strength for Life on Channel 12 and called!! It was the best thing in the world i could have done because Debbie Hughes not only completely understood, but knew exactly what exercises,etc i need to do. In few weeks i started to be able to walk without using something as a cane and started to get a few more hours sleep per night so i could function! Strength for Life put me in contact with numerous people and organizations who could help me emotionally and financially! Strength changed my life and is constantly adding more programs to change the lives of the thiusands of cancer patients in various stages of treatments! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Janet Horan

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Empowerment! Inspiration! Nutritional Guidance! Increased strength and endurance! Relaxation! These are just a few of the things you will receive in your life from taking part in a Strength For Life Wellness Retreat. The many exercise classes and groups they offer give you the strength and peace to continue your journey with a feeling of complete power from within. But the highlight of any gathering offered, is the opportunity to know Debbie, Teresa, Penni,Dr. Siobahn, and every other person involved with reaching out and giving us everything they have within themselves. The smiles and feelings of being connected forever are priceless. You all will hold a very special place in my heart forever.
Thank You all for being who you are!
With many thanks for sharing your strength! Diane Dillman

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cancer brought SFL to my life and for that I am grateful. I have met wonderful people who are supportive, caring and fun. Debbie Hughes is such an uplifting and outstanding person who always makes you feel good when you are around her. She makes exercising a happy time. Thank you SFL

Client Served

Rating: 5


Strength for Life offers a lot of free services addressing the physical, mental and emotional aspects of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. The leaders genuinely care for the people they work with and try to do their very best to serve them. I am a very grateful recipient of these services.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been luckily enough to have discovered SFL about 18 months ago and am blown away by what an amazing and positive group of people make this organization run! I have attended their wellness retreat and am lucky enough to exercise with the group at their Commack and Smithtown locations. Every opportunity I get to tell another cancer survivor about this group I do. They have really helped change me both mentally and physically. I'm so grateful to have found them - they make my metastatic cancer disease easier to live with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Strength for Life is an organization run by people who devote their time and energy to helping those who have survived cancer. They do so in an inviting, caring, safe environment, encouraging support, well-being and concern for and from those who partake of their services. The Wellness Retreat is an experience, specifically for cancer survivors, instructing them in different ways to empower, strengthen and care for their well-being and health. The facilitators in a caring, loving, and gentle manner patiently demonstrate different methods of exercise, movement, meditation, nutrition and various other techniques to survivors in all forms of treatment and health ways to empower themselves against the unpredictability of cancer. This is set in an environment that is safe, filled with survivors encouraged to support each other by sharing their experiences, journeys and knowledge. The Wellness Retreat is a wonderful experience that i would recommend to anyone who is a cancer survivor.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an organization that truly lives up to its name...it offers empowerment and strength for those involved. One comes away from a weekend retreat, offered through Strength for Life, invigorated, renewed and prepared to take on any challenges ! I love the enthusiasm and positive energy of the leaders- Debbie, Theresa and Penny...you are all inspirational and awesome. Thanks so much and I intend to stay closely connected to this organization and want to support it for many years to come! Thank you and may G-d Bless you for all you do! xoxoxo Joani M

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that really helps people with cancer! They do retreats and empowerment groups! They have exercise programs that help people also! The people that I have met are so compassionate and wonderful to be around!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an awesome time at this retreat!! Debbie and Theresa were awesome! I was a little nervous about going but they made you feel really welcomed!! I loved meeting all the new people that were in my group and learning all the new things to help me during this journey!! Thank you Debbie and Theresa!!!

Stephanie M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was by chance that I was able to attend the most enjoyable and enlightening retreat at the Hyatt. I owe my beautiful and thoughtful daughter for giving me the opportunity to meet the most incredible woman that would open a window in my life that has been closed since 2005. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in January of 2005 and then lung cancer March of 2015. I felt amazing and know that I’m not alone in this. This organization is one of a kind. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart ❤️. SFL is great for the soul!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer in the winter of 2016. On April 1st, 2016 I had a total hysterectomy. While I was one of the lucky ones, in that I did not have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation, I was left reeling with the realization that I had cancer and would not be considered cured for five years. At the age of 5, I lost a beloved aunt to the same type of cancer. My hysterectomy left me feeling very depressed, scared and suffering "survivor's guilt,"
Through Winthrop University Hospital I found out about Strength For Life. I joined their monthly Empowerment Group, and signed up for the FREE exercise classes. In these groups, I met some of the most incredible women. We shared our stories, offered support in a way that only a cancer survivor can understand. I thought cancer was strong until I met these women! Through Strength For Life I have found many wonderful resources and learned so much about cancer and the power of the human body and spirit. I signed up for a Wellness Retreat and attended this February 10th and 11th. It was one of the most memorable weekends of my life. I got to experience meditation, exercise, and lectures on nutrition and holistic medicine. I participated in a Reiki Healing. I received Acupressure and Acupuncture. This entire weekend was FREE! It was made possible by donations Strength For Life received as a Not For Profit Organization!
I am no longer a depressed person beaten down by cancer. I am appreciative for all that cancer has done to humble me and change me as a person. I don't live life waiting for tragedy to strike. I view cancer as something I experienced and am called upon to share to help others in their journey. I am learning day by day to take responsibilities for my health and to treat myself and my body as a temple. I am am eternally thankful for Debbie Hughes, one of the Co-founders of Strength For Life. She lost a dear friend to cancer and out of that tragedy she created a legacy of love and support for other cancer patients and survivors. SFL does exactly what its name says, it gives people the STRENGTH to keep on LIVING!

Client Served

Rating: 5

SFL is a wonderful organization. I have been taking the weekly exercise classes at my cancer center and was finally able to attend an overnight retreat - what a gift! Debbie and her crew do amazing work. I am so thankful to have found this group of women. - Megan

2 Maria C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Strength for life has given me strength, joy and encouragement. Going to Debbie’s exercise class has given me a sense of power and I am excited to go to class not only for the exercise but being around others who have or had cancer and can relate to each other and who I now call friends. Also the retreat was an incredible experience that I will always treasure and the facilitators gave me such great tools ex: exercise,mindful movement,reiki, meditation, nutrition etc... were great! Strength for life is envilved in many other things I can’t wait to be a part of. One of them is casino night fundraiser which is one March 10th which I am excited to be going to !! Thank you strength for life for all you do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found out about Strength For Life through my oncologist office. I was a bit hesitant at first to join the exercise classes but I am so glad that I made that leap of faith and joined. I first started with one class, then I added another class and finally I added a third weekly class. It began as an exercise class but it has become so much more. I have met wonderful people through this organization from my classmates to the facilitators up to the co-founders. I have found an unofficial support group in the people that I have met through the fitness classes, empowerment groups and the retreats. The participants I have met all have positive attitudes and we support each other in a way that non-cancer survivors cannot relate to. I have made a group of friends that I keep in touch with outside the classes. We found out that we all joined for the classes and were rewarded 100 times more than we anticipated.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a life altering experience thanks to Strength For Life. I feel rejuvenated, physically, mentally and spiritually. Debbie and Teresa made it relaxing and fun. I have already emailed everyone that attended this 1 day retreat with information to help them deal with the stress of this horrible disease. and feel I have made some life long friends. I am still paying off medical debts so this is the only vacation I have taken in 3 years. I cannot thank all the volunteers who helped make this day so special to us all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about Strength for Life after being diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2016. The support from this organization has been a life saver. The founder, Debbie Hughes, is compassionate and generous with her time and energy. I have attended one of the exercise classes and was fortunate to participate in a full day wellness retreat. The benefits to my physical, mental and emotional well being cannot be measured. Kudos to Strength for Life and all of the wonderful volunteers who make all they do possible!

1 LyteHead17

Donor

Rating: 5

This is Awsome Organization Helping Other Reach their Goals

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a breast cancer thriver I have found much needed support from the Strength for Life program. I have attended the overnight retreat and enjoyed learning from others with similar stories. The empowerment group is another great opportunity for support and guidance. Even with good health on my side I need help strengthening my emotional coping skills. The group is a truly awesome "self care" experience for me!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely wonderful organization that really helps people with cancer.

Carmel D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful weekend. Thank you so much for such a gift. This weekend has helped me on my journey beating breast cancer in so many ways. Each workshop was both inspiring and so very healing. Getting to meet people in similar circumstances as myself was just amazing and therapeutic. I treasure those chats around the table , they have made this journey much more positive. I hope to continue our chats very soon ladies! Thank you Debbie and Theresa for sharing your knowledge and passion to live a healthy lifestyle no matter what our circumstances. I will be forever grateful...

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing weekend!! I learned so much that will improve my life immediately! All workshops were valuable and well run. I particularly enjoyed the exercise class, yoga class, and reiki circle with sound healing. Wow!! The other participants I met and Debbie and Theresa who made all this happen, were all a tremendous source of strength and inspiration!! I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience this life-changing event!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Strength for Life should be give ten stars. I was blessed to have the opportunity to attend a wellness retreat. This was my first time leaving my young children and my husband for a night to attend such an event, but it was so good for me and ultimately for them! It was comforting, encouraging, and inspiring to meet other survivors and to hear their stories. Debbie's nutrition class and exercise class were fantastic! Theresa was also a wonderful source of information and such an encouraging testimony to me. The food and company was superb, and all of us left with a positive attitude and tools to continue on each of our journeys. I also attended my first strength for life class this past week and I am so grateful! The help is personalized and so good for new cancer survivors physically and emotionally. Each class is a like a support group but with exercise. Debbie is absolutely wonderful - energetic, passionate, compassionate, encouraging - and full of helpful knowledge and resources. Thank you, Strength for Life! My family hopes to participate in the 13.1 mile walk and other fundraising events in the future.

1 Janet158

Client Served

Rating: 5

Going through cancer is a physically challenging journey but it also affects you emotionally, spiritually and mentally. Strength for Life understands that. They successfully touched me in every realm which had been sorely missing for me. They're caring approach coupled with fun and organization made for an amazing experience. I can't thank them enough!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A great exercise program for cancer survivors, Jacquie inspire me, and make feel welcome into the program, you get to met other people and learn more from the own histories . I am so grateful to be a part of strength for Life program.
Now I am having fun with Debra, great personality,
I hope God give them Strength for Life, to all this great people !
Thank you.
Esperanza Perez

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful program with a very dedicated, encouraging instructor!!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

This is a wonderful program with a dedicated and committed instructor, Jacqui Errico.
We come in all shapes and sizes,levels of competence, all ages and body types, but we share one common goal, the desire to regain our strength, reclaim our health and carry on to the best of our ability! Its fun and healthy and Im grateful to have found this awesome group!

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Client Served

Rating: 5


I enjoyed the program,. Jacqui made exercising fun
and worthwhile/ Everyone in the class was friendly,
hardworking and a pleasure to spend the hour with.
Please continue the program.It works..........

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about the uplifting encouraging supportive exercise group strength for life! The instructor was so warm and welcoming pulling the group together each week. This unique group enabled us to support each other while getting stronger. I recommend this group for all survivors. You won't be disappointed!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Learned about their mission and have participated in the weekly classes for quite a while. The support is outstanding and the sense of well-being created by the class is great! Their retreat was so delicious and filled with great information. The people are fantastic. THE AMAZING THING IS THAT IT IS FREE TO PARTICIPANTS!!! They provide you with free equipment that is yours to use at home. FANTASTIC!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was an amazing experience. I wish everyone could go to the retreat. It could help absolutely EVERYONE as it did me

Client Served

Rating: 5

Found this this program from Winthrop University Hospital' ,contacted Jacqui & immediately felt welcomed into her class. She works with each one of us like a personal trainer even though it is a group. We all enjoy the class so very much & have enjoyed meeting people with all different types of cancer. Tremendous feelings of support from our instructor & other participants. Looking forward to next session.

4 Workinghard129

Client Served

Rating: 5

Strength For Life is a great program that helps Cancer Survivors get and stay on track through regular exercise in a non competitive and relaxed atmosphere. Thanks you for all your ongoing support!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

A fabulous exercise program for cancer survivors. It is so welcoming, inspiring and Jacquie is the best! A true find. I loved it. Thank you for being there for me. It was perfect

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As my oncologist told me , exercise is the key for staying healthy and cancer free.
As a breast cancer survivor I knew I had to exercise. I have never exercised in my entire life. Strength for life provided me the structure,encouragement and invaluable support that I needed. I always need that extra push and extra help. Jacqui lives, breathes and believes in Strength for Life. Her dedication and belief in what she does is unwavering, How amazing to be able to get a ball, a mat, bands, a bag and a video,all for no charge. The best part of the program is that you can come as often or as little as you want. You are always made to feel welcome. I made a good friend from the program and guess what our favorite activity is, walking at least 2 to 3 miles when we get together. Bravo to Jacqui and Debi. You deserve a million dollars to keep this amazing program going. Thank you so much for being apart of my life. Love you both!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Strength for Life help me be consistence in exercising. It serves two purposes. One for exercising and it feels like a support group. Everyone gets to know each other and it helps to talk and get more knowledge from other patients/survivors. I am very grateful for their services.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful class! I feel as if I have a personal trainer...as my own pace.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There are so many positives about Strength for Life exercise classes. Our leader Jacqui Errico is an amazing resource in addition to being a patient, kind and knowledgeable instructor. We are pushed gently and given many options in doing the exercises so that no one hurts themselves. Exercising is important both physically and mentally. Exercising is a great way to get back some sense of control that was lost with the cancer diagnosis. Exercising with cancer survivors forms amazing bonds and gives you another support group, even if you weren't looking for it and didn't know you needed it. Everyone there is a positive role model and we have developed our own caring community. If you do one thing for yourself make it a Strength for Life exercise class!!! It will nourish both your body & soul.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just finished my first session of exercises classes run by Jacqui Errico at Winthrop Hospital. It was amazing. I learned a lot of new exercises, met a great group of ladies, worked hard and had fun. I definitely feel the benefits of exercising both physically and mentally. Jacqui is a great instructor and has us all laughing. One way or another you will benefit by taking a session. This is a fantastic organization. I have told all my doctors and friends. I highly recommend it to everyone.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for Strength for Life and Jacqui Errico I would probably never exercise. She makes it very enjoyable . I even follow the routine at home. She has a way about her that makes even the hardest routine easy because she will always show me another way to exercise the same part of the body when I can't do it the first way. She is an amazing woman.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2 Pio S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Strength for Life is a member of the Suffolk County Cancer Prevention and Health Promotion Coalition. They have reached out to the Suffolk County Department of Health Services to share information and promote health and wellness. They are especially supportive of those who are fighting and surviving cancer. All they do is in honor of a wonderful friend. Bravo Strength for Life!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Strength For Life provided a community and support to my mom during her battle with breast cancer. Although we as her family were there for her every step of the way, we couldn't fully understand what she was going through. Strength For Life not only offered fantastic exercise classes, but it also offered my mom a "family" of women who could relate. I will FOREVER be a supporter.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

You are not alone….
I always knew I would get breast cancer. After two lumpectomies, I opted for a Bi-lateral mastectomy.

After leaving the hospital after the last surgery that was it. No aftercare. I found that my arms no longer moved like they used to. I could no longer swim or do many other activities that I use to take for granted. I could barely raise them long enough to wash my hair. I thought this was just a byproduct of my surgeries. I just lived with it.

I met a young woman at the LI2Day walk who told me about Strength for Life and told me I must go.
I signed up on line. Jacqui immediately responded and made me feel beyond welcome. When I attended the class Jacqui knew everyone’s story. She knew what they were going through or had been through. She was interested, she listened, and she cared. She listened to my story and my health decisions. Being alone in my decision process I never was quite sure I made the right choices. Talking to her allowed me to feel comfortable that my choices were right for me.

I just finished my second set of classes with Jacqui. I now have full range of motion in my arms. (possibly better than my pre-cancer range) I no longer think about breast cancer every time I wash my hair or try to reach for something. I look forward to swimming next summer!

Beyond feeling better physically, I joined a group where I saw and felt, I was not alone.
Thank you all at strength for life for being there for people like me. Thank you....

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent program which helps us fight cancer physically through exercise and mentally through feeling better about ourselves while escaping from the world of cancer for an hour. Jacque is an excellent instructor who can deal with participants with different levels of ability. Love these sessions. Phil Gandolfo

1 Arminta B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a cancer survivor taking medication exercise helps greatly to hear my body messages. Our instructor's compassion, skill and adaptability make the class an enjoyment for people on every level of their cancer journey.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A friend had mentioned an article in the paper about Strength for Life, I cut it out and kept it. I guess at the time I wasn't ready. Then a friend of a friend told me about it and refreshed my memory and I contacted them. I was lucky to be a part of the wellness retreat held September 19 - 20th, 2015. I must admit doing this was way out of my comfort zone but I was so glad I did. I met and heard stories of so many wonderful, strong women who were all very positive and inspirational. The retreat had wonderful speakers who enlightened us on various topics. We did Zumba, yoga, strength training and Reiki. Best of all was being introduced to Jacqui, Debbie, and Teresa who are all amazing! They are such wonderful, giving, caring women and I felt so fortunate to be a part of the wellness retreat and since have started the weekly exercise classes with Jacqui which are awesome. I would recommend strength for life to anyone everyone it is the best organization I have ever come in contact with and am so greatful.