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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

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just finished taking Jacqui's class in Wantagh. Thank you Jacqui and Strength for Life for providing a safe and fun opportunity to learn how to exercise safely. I look forward to the next series of classes!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jacqui's classes are a breath of fresh air for breast cancer survivors like myself. She is master teacher combined with graciousness, kindness and bridge-building for us to meet others whose stories resonate with our own thereby giving each other STRENGTH FOR LIFE! HOORAY for Jacqui...till we meet for our next class!

1 Chris181

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you Debbie and Jacqui and all of the volunteers for a "Spectacular" day of fun and learning. It was a pleasure to meet and connect with all involved at the "Strength For Life" retreat at The Hyatt.

3 Denise84

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am always amazed of the strength and courage that all of the woman have at the retreats. Jacque & Debbie are selfless when it comes to this organization. The amount of time, effort and love that is put into just one wellness retreat always shines through. The morning always begins with each of the woman sharing their stories over breakfast. With every story the woman are drawn closer to each other. It doesn't matter where they came from, they all have a common denominator in this life. That being said, the goal is to achieve a life of health and wellness. As a volunteer, I too get to experience all of the weekends activities. From exercise class, Pilates, Reiki healing, yoga, and hiking through the beautiful trails of the Greenbelt. For me, it's getting to know these woman and being able to make a difference in their lives. I know that they make a difference in mine. In closing, I am so honored to be affiliated with Strength For Life, and have the opportunity to experience first hand all they have to offer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended the strength for life wellness retreat for the first time. We had a day with Zumba, yoga meditation, reiki and Moore. I felt very relax physically and mentally. The organizer did a great job. ThankS to them that made all this possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I saw the advertisement for the strength for life classes at the hospital where I go for treatment over a year ago. I did not sign up because I did not want to exercise, but what a mistake! I just finished the 8 week session with Jacqueline and I am sorry I put it off for so long. Our teacher, Jacqui is such a caring, patient, knowledgeable person that she has changed my life forever. I now know that I must exercise if I want to keep well. She encourages us every step of the way for the whole hour. She says things like "Do what you can" Keep trying" This organization MUST continue to do the work that it's doing.
Strength For Life is indeed an appropriate name. Keep up the good work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first met Jacqui and Debbie three years ago I learned about their cause and immediately knew I wanted to help in any way I could. Being a volunteer and working with Jacqui and Debbie and seeing first hand what they are able to accomplish is an amazing thing. Their passion for Strength for Life speaks volumes which makes it easy for outsiders to want to get involved and help. They motivate and inspire everyone they come in contact with and I am grateful to be a part of it.

2 Dee M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Strength for Life is an experience I would recommend for any volunteer. Everything that Jacqui and Debbie touch is filled with such love and genuine intent and you can't help but be effected by it you work with them. Exercise classes and wellness weekends are packed with positive energy and empowerment. In addition, the opportunity to fund-raise outside of these events gives me the chance to share the Strength for Life story and increase awareness. I love knowing that the donations I receive have the potential to make a profound impact on the lives of participants. I have enjoyed each volunteer experience with Strength for Life and look forward to giving more, in any way I can, in the future.

1 Teresa11

Volunteer

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.

1 Laura C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Laura Cerrano and I am a Certified Feng Shui NY consultant on Long Island. I met Jacqui Errico and Debbie Hughes at a Health fair and was invited to speak about Feng Shui and healing when living with Cancer. I was blessed to be part of the event and met so many wonderful people. It was a day of sharing, listening, and absorbing the experiences and stories from those dealing with cancer at various stages. Experts in various other health fields also gave advice with how to enhance the process of healing and preventing.

It was so inspiring to see the synergy of everyone working together, supporting each other, and having the best attitudes when dealing with such a challenge in their lives. The programs, events, and information that Debbie and Jacqui offer for FREE are from quality sources and from people who truly care about helping others from the bottom of their heart.

You are very lucky and blessed to Work with these ladies and the other volunteers. When you meet them for the first time, The Strength of Life Organization makes you feel like family from the very first smile and greeting. This is the place to be when you need advice, need to get things off your mind, to have fun, and simply connect with others for a stronger healing process.

Thank you Jacqui and Debbie for being earth angels

Blessings,
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Expert

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Strength for Life is a not for profit organization that truly cares for the cancer patients that it supports. They constantly work hard to research and develop beneficial programs that address the mental, physical and emotional issues faced by those who are living with this disease. With the support of their partners, they are able to offer a varied menu of activities that are offered at NO COST to those who can benefit from them.

I believe the programs initiated by Strength for Life have a big impact on all attending. This organization gives people a place of ongoing support where they can acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to strengthen all aspects of their lives. Strength for Life provides many lifestyle enhancing activities including, but not limited to, exercise classes, wellness weekends, dietary expertise, physical training, relaxation techniques, self-awareness activities and also informative workshops taught by experts in the holistic medical profession as well as in the conventional medical field.

The successes of this organization are a testament to the dedicated founders, board members and sponsors who donate their considerable time and talent to give others the ability to reclaim their lives in very caring and positive manner.

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