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You Can Thrive! Foundation

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Causes: Breast Cancer, Health

Mission: You Can Thrive! provides free and low-cost holistic self-care model for those diagnosed with cancer, and affordable holistic services for the community at large. We facilitate a Mind/Body/Spirit focus to take the whole person "from surviving to thriving". Our proven innovative care model is facilitated in a safe space where community, trust, and peer support flourish. Corporate partners utilize our front-line infrastructure and proven model in their long-term wellness​ and self-care event initiatives to their employees with built-in social responsibility. Our replicable programs provide the strong leadership needed to move us from treatment of disease to prevention of it since 2005.

Results: Preliminary outcome data shows statistically significant results in reducing symptoms and improving overall well being within four weeks of starting our program. Results of our metastatic breast cancer retreat showed an even more significant decrease in primary and secondary symptoms and quality of life when participants were offered a seaside retreat and taken outside of their usual atmosphere. Larger study to follow. See our testimonials.

Target demographics: Provide access to preventative health care services not covered by insurance for the masses and for Low-income, ethnic disparities, breast cancer survivors, all cancer survivors.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5400

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

80 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.

Victoria R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since finding You Can Thrive, I've been able to received holistic treatments recommended by my doctors at free and low cost rates. The services provided have helped me deal with the side effects of my treatments. I've very grateful to You Can Thrive for the services they provide.

Client Served

Rating: 5

You Can Thrive you guys are the best. Thanks to Luana! I was able to relax and unwind it was helpful to me. I will continue to participate! because my mind, body and emotional has changed ever since my cancer and mastectomy followed by reconstruction. I was looking for support and different kind of services and I found you can Thrive which is a great place to go.
Thank you very much.

Love,
Maria T.

Christine T.2

Advisor

Rating: 5

A fantastic organization that provides alternative therapies for survivors of breast cancer, they offer treatments such as reiki, guided meditation, access to cbd, countless networks, animal therapy, massage, and much more. The people are amazing, the space is incredible, and the energy here is so wonderful

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just attended my first Sound Journey with Reiki tonight and loved it! The vibrational healing helped my mind to unwind and my body to relax. By the end I could feel my energy rebalancing. What a beautiful and safe space Luana holds for women to come each week to find healing as they undergo and recover from treatment.

~ Jean Bromage, Reiki Teacher

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found YCT after a 2007 diagnosis, and was welcomed into an incredibly positive, supportive community. You Can Thrive! provided massage and nutrition, acupuncture, and help in making treatment choices. I reconnected again as a volunteer when a friend was diagnosed and was seeking supportive services. I can't imagine having gone through treatment without them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You can thrive is amazing and makes a huge difference in healing and communitu

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Once you get diagnosed with breastcancer you are on a rollercoaster of decisions, treatments and doctor appointments. And then it all stops... the treatments are done and they tell you come back in 6 months.... and you are completely on your own.
I felt lost and helpless. I wanted to do something good for myself to help me heal and survive. The You Can Thrive Foundations offered alternative services to help me relax, cope and promote healing my body and spirit. And the amazing thing is that all the services are free. Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who offer their help, services and time to help women in need

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have found the programs and events that I have attended at You Can Thrive! to consistently be rich with information, presented and supported with caring, talented people in a warm and accepting atmosphere. It's a very special place; I'm so glad I found it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a group of amazing women and men who have dedicated so much time in our community to support women with cancer! I first met their ED in our office, and she was radiating love and kindness. You can tell from the minute you begin speaking to her, how passionate she is about supporting and authentically helping women with cancer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

You Can Thrive! Foundation fills a crucial gap in wellness for cancer survivors and thrivers. Access to their amazing wellness programs, including yoga classes, have helped me slowly rebuild my strength and wellness after four months of chemo. The fact that these programs and services are flexible, available, and reliable -- amazing! I am so grateful to these guys for everything that they do, so generously, for this community.
Thanks YCT!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2016 and had a double mastectomy January 26, 2017. I am a licensed social worker and also have a masters degree in teaching. I currently teach special education in the S. Bronx, NY. While I was home recovering, I learned about "You Can Thrive" from a posting on instagram by another BC survivor/thriver. I was beginning a journey of alternative/holistic treatments to learn how to take better care of myself. As a single mom and teacher, I never prioritized myself and would run on autopilot most of the time. When I signed up for the two hour You Can Thrive event in March 2017, I couldn't wait to experience what it might be like to have two hours to be taken care of. The event was life changing. The room was filled with providers of acupuncture, massage, reiki, sound bath healers, essesntial oils, and the most tremendous healing and loving energy that could be in one room. At the end of the event, Luana asked if anyone had anything they wanted to share. I said, "This was the kindest, best two hours I've ever allowed for myself, ever."

I have since been attending their weekly reiki and sound bath events and have gone to a second YCT two hour event. These events have brought such healing to my life. I take such better care of myself now. Just last week, I became Reiki 1 certified. As a single mom and school teacher, to have holistic, healing events available to me at no cost is amazing. I am so grateful to Luana and all of the YCT volunteers for helping me to feel whole again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent support service focused on wellness and healing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experience at the You Can Thrive! Multidisciplinary Bliss event on Sunday, January 8, 2017. There were fantastic practioners and volunteers who assisted me in identifying problem areas and releasing tension. I highly recommend anyone who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer to attend.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a client of You Can Thrive since 2008 following my re-diagnosis with breast cancer. Within a few days after my first call, I was receiving a number of wellness modalities such as reflexology, acupuncture and massage and especially rhythm thrive a movement class. The opportunity to receive these services in company with other cancer survivors was very important to me. In June, 2016, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer and immediately contacted You Can Thrive and have been receiving services. I am happy to support Y.C.T. which has been so important in my recovery and continued well being.

1 BC_Survivor

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love going to Therapeutic Sound for Cancer class at You Can Thrive for cancer survivors, it's so soothing - that's very helpful for me as I go through this physically and mentally challenging time of breast cancer treatment. I love all the ladies I've met there!

Review from Guidestar

1 BeautyThroughTheBeast

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love that You Can Thrive is PINK for PEOPLE, in other words, they use their donated funds to offer services directly to the patients. The free acupuncture I received during treatment helped me with some of my side effects.

Review from Guidestar

1 Chiara3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've received several free healing services from You Can Thrive, and emotional support. Thank you for helping me relax in the midst of such a stressful and worrisome and uncomfortable time!
www.beautythroughthebeast.com

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm recovering after a diagnosis of stage 1 Triple Negative Breast Cancer. After undergoing 4 surgeries in 2015 (lumpectomy, port insertion & emergency removal & a double mastectomy) I've been slowly engaging in activities that will help build my mental as well as physical strength.

So, I ride my bike, work out at a gym, attend support group & blog. In my quest to find alternative wellness outlets, I came across You Can Thrive.

I'd never before taken QiGong or had a Thai Massage, but was willing to come out of my comfort zone & give it a try. The setting was ultra cool & stimulating. My senses felt so alive as I learned about breathing techniques, detoxing the liver, mindful matter (will that thing you do benefit you) and relaxation exercises that help you reconnect & strengthen your core. All this while tuning forks, bowl and gongs played magically in the background!

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a THRIVER of breast cancer and was introduced to You Can Thrive (YCT) by my RN during radiation who also donates her time and skills to YCT.
I attended a YCT event & workshop for the first time on Sunday 5/1/16 and was amazed by the dedication, energy and care from all the volunteer Practitioners and Volunteers! Oncology Nutritionist, Craniosacral, Sound therapy musicians, Masseuses, Qi gong, Acupuncture etc. Every 'Thriver' was scheduled time with most.
So much of cancer treatment is clinical and stressful for the mind body and soul.
To have an organization opening up the possibility to providing a calming holistic alternative made cry happy tears for a change not to mention the amazing benefit to every cell in my body. The best vitamins & nourishment for healing! I shall continue to spread the word and be a voice to my medical team & those along my b c journey about the benefits of such an organization as I wish for the two worlds to work together as yin & yang or heart to heart in balancing the clinical with the holistic!
I fully encourage Thrivers to seek out You Can Thrive.
A special bow to Luana De Angelis for her vision & dedication as the Founder of YCT!

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just got breast cancer and am under Chemo. In reaching out to find "Help" I came across You can Thrive and Luana. It was the BEST thing about this situation. They are such a caring group and their volunteers are professional donating their time and service. I have taken advantage to the extent I hope to,play it forward once I am able. I have spoke to my clients and coworker and also gotten them involved. There are many organization out there. All good. This is my FAV