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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

157 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!!

Janet159

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had such a nice time sharing our stories and bonding. The classes were very helpful and informative. Wonderful people shared their time and knowledge with us!
Soooo worth it!!!!
I just started chemo in Nov. 2016. So this is all new and frightening. It was nice to share with others, learn some things, get some real advise and just feel a 'normal' connection. Because nothing is normal anymore.
Thank you Debbie Hughes and Teresa Doherty for putting this Amazing retreat together for us. You work so hard and it is really appreciated.

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!!!

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!

1

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

Ann_132

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!

1 flyinhi208

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!

3

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..........