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Strength for Life Inc

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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 Story

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Rating: 5

I attended Strength For Life's first Wellness Weekend reteat and was pleasantly surprised as what they had to offer and all for FREE to boot. The weekend was filled with Yoga, Tai chi, Reiki, exercise, Speakers on health and wellness and the comaraderie of other cancer survivors. Debbie and Jaqui made us all feel so loved and nurtured, which is exactly what someone who is going through a cancer diagnosis needs. It was exactly what I needed at the time. I was so impressed what Strength For life had to offer that i wanted to be involed, so I began volunteering my time at furture wellness weekends so I could be a part of helping others experience the great effects of what Strength For Life has to offer. After volunteering a few times I was asked to be on the Board of Directors. I was nervous but something told me I needed to be a part of this wonderful organization. So here I am today on the Board and recently faced with another cancer diagnosis and now attending their exercise classes and feeling great. Debbie has opened me up to many different healing modalities and I am forever grateful. I feel that God has a purpose and is using me to be an inspiration to others and that's why He has put Strength For Life on my healing path.