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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 Stories

144 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found out about Strength For Life through my oncologist office. I was a bit hesitant at first to join the exercise classes but I am so glad that I made that leap of faith and joined. I first started with one class, then I added another class and finally I added a third weekly class. It began as an exercise class but it has become so much more. I have met wonderful people through this organization from my classmates to the facilitators up to the co-founders. I have found an unofficial support group in the people that I have met through the fitness classes, empowerment groups and the retreats. The participants I have met all have positive attitudes and we support each other in a way that non-cancer survivors cannot relate to. I have made a group of friends that I keep in touch with outside the classes. We found out that we all joined for the classes and were rewarded 100 times more than we anticipated.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a life altering experience thanks to Strength For Life. I feel rejuvenated, physically, mentally and spiritually. Debbie and Teresa made it relaxing and fun. I have already emailed everyone that attended this 1 day retreat with information to help them deal with the stress of this horrible disease. and feel I have made some life long friends. I am still paying off medical debts so this is the only vacation I have taken in 3 years. I cannot thank all the volunteers who helped make this day so special to us all.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about Strength for Life after being diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2016. The support from this organization has been a life saver. The founder, Debbie Hughes, is compassionate and generous with her time and energy. I have attended one of the exercise classes and was fortunate to participate in a full day wellness retreat. The benefits to my physical, mental and emotional well being cannot be measured. Kudos to Strength for Life and all of the wonderful volunteers who make all they do possible!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a breast cancer thriver I have found much needed support from the Strength for Life program. I have attended the overnight retreat and enjoyed learning from others with similar stories. The empowerment group is another great opportunity for support and guidance. Even with good health on my side I need help strengthening my emotional coping skills. The group is a truly awesome "self care" experience for me!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely wonderful organization that really helps people with cancer.

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!!

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!

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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!

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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..........

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about the uplifting encouraging supportive exercise group strength for life! The instructor was so warm and welcoming pulling the group together each week. This unique group enabled us to support each other while getting stronger. I recommend this group for all survivors. You won't be disappointed!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Learned about their mission and have participated in the weekly classes for quite a while. The support is outstanding and the sense of well-being created by the class is great! Their retreat was so delicious and filled with great information. The people are fantastic. THE AMAZING THING IS THAT IT IS FREE TO PARTICIPANTS!!! They provide you with free equipment that is yours to use at home. FANTASTIC!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was an amazing experience. I wish everyone could go to the retreat. It could help absolutely EVERYONE as it did me

Client Served

Rating: 5

Found this this program from Winthrop University Hospital' ,contacted Jacqui & immediately felt welcomed into her class. She works with each one of us like a personal trainer even though it is a group. We all enjoy the class so very much & have enjoyed meeting people with all different types of cancer. Tremendous feelings of support from our instructor & other participants. Looking forward to next session.

4 Workinghard129

Client Served

Rating: 5

Strength For Life is a great program that helps Cancer Survivors get and stay on track through regular exercise in a non competitive and relaxed atmosphere. Thanks you for all your ongoing support!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Strength for Life exercise classes provide me with a weekly opportunity to help build my body back again in a non stressful and comfortable environment with caring people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A fabulous exercise program for cancer survivors. It is so welcoming, inspiring and Jacquie is the best! A true find. I loved it. Thank you for being there for me. It was perfect

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As my oncologist told me , exercise is the key for staying healthy and cancer free.
As a breast cancer survivor I knew I had to exercise. I have never exercised in my entire life. Strength for life provided me the structure,encouragement and invaluable support that I needed. I always need that extra push and extra help. Jacqui lives, breathes and believes in Strength for Life. Her dedication and belief in what she does is unwavering, How amazing to be able to get a ball, a mat, bands, a bag and a video,all for no charge. The best part of the program is that you can come as often or as little as you want. You are always made to feel welcome. I made a good friend from the program and guess what our favorite activity is, walking at least 2 to 3 miles when we get together. Bravo to Jacqui and Debi. You deserve a million dollars to keep this amazing program going. Thank you so much for being apart of my life. Love you both!