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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

93 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.

Aimee McCabe K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

You Can Thrive has supported me in the most difficult year of my life and I am so grateful for all that this beautiful organization does. At age 38, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer. With no family history of cancer and 2 young children to care for, I had a whole lot more questions than answers and it felt like I was drowning. I reached out to YCT and immediately felt like part of a loving and generous community. They quickly got me in touch with a Cancer Navigator who was a tremendous wealth of information and helped me understand all of the options ahead of me. I was able to go to my first doctor visit armed with information and questions to ask. I took my health in my own hands and have felt like I was able to make informed decisions throughout the process. I received amazing support and healing services like reiki, acupuncture, massage and facials as well as access to yoga and sound healing. In those early days after diagnosis those beautiful wellness sessions felt like the only moments of peace, calm and healing in my life, which sparked a true desire to support my own body’s healing, and I think it’s made all the difference. I’m throwing everything I have at this cancer, and am so grateful that is is shrinking, and in it’s place is growing a garden of gratitude and love. I am so, so grateful to YCT for all they do.

Inez W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a recent member of You Can Thrive, and I have been very pleased with the type of services and activities they offer. I have been able to talk and work with a nutritionist, do acupuncture and massage therapy, and get one of the best facials I have ever had. I look forward to getting further involved with this organization.

Review from Guidestar

Holly Lisker M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is so wonderful having all of these resources, classes, programs & support offered by You Can Thrive. I've been a member of Gilda's club too, but the You Can Thrive program really resonates with me. Grateful for all the hard working people (especially Luana), who make it all possible.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

And Got to experience aroma therapy which was amazing!!! I will reccomend this foundation to everyone I know!! Thank you

1 Colleen M.4

Donor

Rating: 5

A noble and incredibly important organization that provides much needed support and resources for people going through one of the toughest challenges we face as humans. Luana and the team at YCT have truly blessed the area with their selfless gifts of service. I highly recommend YCT to anyone facing the challenges of a cancer dx.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had breast cancer. I also had tremendous support from friends and family throughout my treatments. Along the way, I was fortunate enough to join a community of fellow survivors through You Can Thrive! I became a client of You Can Thrive when I was still in the middle of Chemotherapy. The first time I came to You Can Thrive! I felt a warm, calm and loving energy that is so powerful and healing, it is difficult to describe in words. For the first time in a long time, I felt peaceful.

You Can Thrive! offers a comprehensive holistic wellness program designed to help patients through the physical and emotional toll that cancer has taken on them. As a client, I received weekly integrative therapies that alleviated many of the side effects of the treatments I was going through, as well as heighten my state of mind in a way that is difficult to articulate. I received Acupuncture, Reiki, reflexology, massage, aromatherapy, EFT, education, nutrition counseling and support regularly.

After cancer treatment ends, You Can Thrive! is a place where patients come to be with like-minded survivors and to stay on track with the survivorship plans they have created with patient advocates, as part of the program. This organization continues to help so many women lead healthier lives during and after breast cancer. Cancer took away my peace and sense of control and security. You Can Thrive! helped me reclaim them.

I feel so fortunate to be one of the people profoundly helped by this organization. At the same time, I am sad that a place like this is so unique. Why isn’t there a You Can Thrive! in every city? Why is it that it can only be open once a week? You Can Thrive! deserves a permanent space and a home every place where cancer exists. This organization deserves the funds to expand, to help more people and to reach its full potential. Think of how world changing it would be, and the positive ripple effect that it would create. You have the ability to make it happen by making a donation

Client Served

Rating: 5

My recent diagnosis of breast cancer has been stressful at best. You Can Thrive! provides access to quality holistic services such as acupuncture, yoga, massage and reiki. The financial demands of having cancer are enormous and the availability of such complementary services at low to no cost is incredible. You Can Thrive! adds quality to life that a cancer diagnosis often diminshes. The stress brought on by cancer and its' treatments are overwhelming. These services allow me to practice self care in order to lower my levels of stress. This will undoubtedly have a positive impact on my healing and full recovery.

1

Client Served

Rating: 1

This place is not in integrity. They pretty much have a very toxic founder and way of decievinf people.. taking advantage of the goodness of people and also the very vulnerable population that they claim to serve!

They don’t do what they claim. $20 doesn’t give Cancer any free service and what they call “free or donation”’in reality is a demanded set amount- or else.

They even told a homeless woman with cancer that she had to pay in order to attend events. Shameless.

They also insist on knowing cancer patient’s income level so they know how much to demand for “donations”!

Donations are by definition, not mandatory so they are deceiving everyone!

They also don’t serve survivors or the community at large.

And they basically give some people a couple of free sessions- from a volunteer- it’s all volunteer led so they don’t need money:. And then demand meant after that for everything.. pretty much the classic drug dealer business model.. ugh.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, they barley offer anything ( in a city where so many places actually do) and then claim that those few things can prevent or treat Cancer! And ask for more money.. for what exactly? To pay their staff of volunteers? Or the free donated space? Or more likely, the international travel and dining out habits of the owner..

Delusional and deceptive owners.. who have harassed people the claim to serve ..they have an unusually high turn over of volunteers and have heard pretty much all of them complain about the crazy owner..

in a city with so many amazing doctors and hospitals and integrative services actually free of charge for the Cancer Community- we don’t need toxic charlatans like this place! To think they even lied to Oprah! And take credit with their min offerings for what in actuality is the results of the numerous places just like them ( but a lot better!) and top healthcare in the country..dart away.. they’re not good for your emotional or spiritual or physical health in any way and need to be shut down!

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yctf 03/23/2019

Occasionally we get abusers of the system, and though it only happened a few times in our history this client was one. After receiving DOZENS of FREE caring compassionate treatments including 1hour Shiatsu, acupuncture, Reiki, Massage, Psychotherapy, sound sessions and 14 free EFT sessions. We noticed she wasn't showing up for Yoga, or Meditation. She only wanted the services where other people did the work for her. Staff was alerted, it's time to require her to pay-it-forward $20 she'd completed the free program 10x. She became irate. She made the staff feel terrible, she sent abusive emails, she felt entitled to unlimited free treatment. Then began saying that we falsely advertise that we give free care. Our 15 year track record and many client testimonials speak volumes about our FREE services. No good deed goes unpunished with this one.

Alec M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

You Can Thrive is a great organization. They have helped me so much through a difficult journey. Their people are amazing and they work changed my life. I love the soundbaths! They centered my spirit and kept me going through one of the most dofficult times of my life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Getting diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age is hard enough, but getting treatment away from friends and family made it harder. YCT was the support I needed while I was going through chemo, and they introduced me to Reiki and soundbath, which changed my life. They provide such amazing complimentary holistic treatment at no cost, which helped me so much with my healing. Great organization and amazing cause!

Client Served

Rating: 5

after treatment was done and I was send home with very little advice on what to do next I found YCT. They were there for me with support and advice. I found the regular meditation and free services an anchor in my road to get my life back in order . There is so much love and loving volunteers who care deeply and are offering their time and support for anyone who needs it . Being in this loving and supportive environment made my recovery possible

Previous Stories
1

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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my 20s and you can imagine the whirlwind my young spirit was thrown into without warning. It was through YouCanThrive! that the raging battle gave way to a healing retreat full of acceptance and love.

YCT’s ancillary services have helped me as much as any medicine could. During my first session the acupuncturist’s unique combination of calming energy and technical expertise relieved loads of tension, helped rebalance my body, and finally brought me into the regenerative space I so desperately needed. The therapeutic platform and warm community that YouCanThrive! provides is a godsend that all survivors deserve to experience at least once. Highly recommend!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have witnessed many of the members of You Can Thrive form friendships and connection. The women are able to exchange information with each other when it comes their treatment and it can be educational but it also allows everyone to have someone to lean on during a difficult time

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

1

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

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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to YCT by a friend during my chemo treatments, the first time I went to YCT location, couldn't believe the welcoming I received, everyone on this organization offers positive, caring and loving energy, I finished my chemo treatments, however as so many of us go thru the healing process, I was struggling with pain and no strength in my legs, YCT still have been offering me help to deal with my healing process, one of the treatments that has help me tremendously is reflexology, the improvement on the strength of my legs is incredible and the pain has lessen a great deal, along with the physical treatments they gave me spiritual guidance, I am very grateful to Luana and all her staff for a great work that they do, I wish there were more organizations like this one to help millions of us during these hardships.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Upon hearing the diagnosis of breast cancer, needless to say i was beyond being upset. I was told about You Can Thrive through a doctor's office. Since going and meeting with Luana and her team of incredible people I have come in contact with many other foundations and groups. You Can Thrive is so unique in it's approach. It takes into account the entire person and what will benefit her the most. From Nutrition, acupuncture. aroma therapy, the love and support and above all the positive energy that is felt as soon as you walk in just to name a few of the things that are offered far exceeded any pre conceived ideas i may have had. Because of Luana I now know there is a bright journey ahead of me and I live in hope as opposed to being sad. May her and her foundation continue their mission to help those of us afflicted with a disease that most everyone fears and nobody wants.

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to YCT recommended by my hospital. They kept trying to put me in groups where women sat in circles and spoke about how terrible their illness were and all the bad things happening to them, including all their fears and . I'm not a "group" person, but had done therapy in the past, so wasn't closed off to talking about what was going on through dealing with my (hopefully ex) cancer. The moment you step into You Can Thrive! you breath deep and are very relaxed. All the volunteers treat you like old loved friends who ask how you are ad offer advice on how to Thrive after this experience. I went there so scared, my hospital was an incompetent mess and I wanted to give up on going forwad with treatment. Every week I was at YCT, who ever the volunteer doing reiki, nutrition, acupuncture, reflexology or tapping was would first get to know you. To see how you were doing not only physically, but mentally. I get sooo much more care,love, time, attention and personal knowledge about my case then I have ever EVER gotten from my surgeon, plastic surgeon or oncologist. I can honestly say that without YCT I would have given up. Without their encouragement, offering nutritional and stress reducing services like massage, reike, reflexology and acupuncture I woudln't have been able to get through my radiation and all the errors at NYP that made we wonder if I was going through all this just to have them screw up and not catch a reoccurance later on. Luanne the founder spoke with me on how all systems are broken and how we need to advocate for ourselves every step of our treatment. So it's not just having wonderful treatments...It's having them from people who thoroughly understand what you are going through and who genuinely care about you thriving.