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You Can Thrive! Foundation

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Causes: Breast Cancer, Health

Mission: You Can Thrive! facilitates affordable mind body modalities for all breast cancer survivors, especially those under insured and under served who tend to fare worse after a diagnosis. Our overall program focus is to decrease symptoms while educating about prevention and environmental risk reduction in order to help provide tools for long-term survivorship. Our replicable program has provided care and prevention plans for thousands of breast cancer survivors. We have educated thousands more on prevention and integrative care.

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.

Target demographics: Provide access to services not covered by insurance and for Low-income, ethnic disparities, breast cancer survivors, all cancer survivors

Direct beneficiaries per year: 600

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

20 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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Massage and Polarity Therapist and I love giving session at YCT. The atmosphere is warm, friendly, easy to share your gifts and help women on their journey through/with Breast Cancer. Being a part of YCT helps me feel and remember the basic truth of just being with someone is the best medicine in the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working at You Can Thrive! I have met some of the most extraordinary and inspiring people there.

2 Janie H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a photographer and I photographed the services that You Can Thrive brings to women. Seeing the wonderful service they provide to women, and having a mother with breast cancer, it made me very proud to use my photography to spread the word about this wonderful, caring center. You Can Thrive not only helps women cope with Cancer, they truly help women thrive with the disease and live with it, raising their spirits! That is so meaningful to the women who feel no one else understands. It's a positive place where they encourage each other - laughter is the best medicine and they encourage and give women, who are devastated, a reason to laugh and be happy! Empowering!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience at You Can Thrive! has been phenomenal. I really enjoy my volunteering there on Sundays. It is a beautiful and supportive atmosphere.

1 Birgit N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You Can Thrive Foundation's services are cutting edge. YCT fills a gap where no gap should be and I am happy to be part of it. I offer Reflexology sessions to YCT clients who also receive other integrative services, as well as advocacy. YCT sets an example and has been doing so for years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

You Can Thrive is showing us the way. Women of all ages who are undergoing intense and long-term medical treatments associated with breast cancer and experience the trauma associated should be offered the kind of treatments that You Can Thrive provides.

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yctf 02/17/2011

Good Idea About the referral listing Birgit. Thank you.

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Yelena B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Luana DeAngelis through a friend and her dedication to the cause of providing complimentary treatment to women wit breast cancer inspired me to get involved in her cause. I am now both an intern and a volunteer for You Can Thrive and it has been one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences of my life. The healing nourishment and group support that this foundation provides has by now become an indispensable resource for the community and the women suffering from this illness. If you want to make a difference in people's lives, there is no better way and no better cause than this.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at YCT many times and it has never failed to help me feel gratitude and wonder at how much more I receive when I give my time and service to others. Meeting the loving volunteers, and the courageous clients have made a big difference in understanding how community should truly work. Great organization, wonderful support and information for patients undergoing difficult life transistions. Cudos and Rewards for YCT, a great organization with true healing at it's heart. Geraldine Lesser

Jessica47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being involved in You Can Thrive has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. You can see the difference being made in the lives of these women while there. This organization is so desperately needed as people are impacted by the emotional and financial burden that comes with a diagnosis like cancer. I'm so grateful You Can Thrive exists!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You Can Thrive Foundation offers great healing support for women with breast cancer. The women receiving services come from all walks of life and are wonderful. Volunteer practitioners offer acupuncture, massage, energy healing, nutritional counseling, etc. The quiet, relaxed environment allows practitioners to exchange helpful information with each other. The executive director and program coordinator are professional women with a great vision that they've been able to put into action. I am so very grateful to be a volunteer practitioner for an organization that is offering such important, needed work. I highly recommend this organization to women who need healing support from breast cancer and to anyone looking for a special place to volunteer.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I do not remember my first day working with You Can Thrive; the days blend together as a single, thematic experience — checking in clients and looking out at the waiting room, seeing people talking about the weather, their families, and what they've been up to on the weekends. Chit-chat wafting around the room interspersed with spurts of chuckles. An occasional sigh. The underlying pulse is clear — that this space is safe and loving. Many women, especially in underprivileged communities, suffer from cancer and do not have access to palliative care. You Can Thrive is exceptional. It's a treasure created and nurtured by so many hands and spirits. Although each day brings its own challenges, the animating force of You Can Thrive is the commitment of its community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a holistic health coach and volunteer as a nutritional counselor at You Can Thrive. Chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are the weapons of western medicine against cancer. Healing requires an integrative approach which addresses the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of a woman with a breast cancer diagnosis. Nutritional support is a key element in recovery and future prevention of disease, and the counselors at You Can Thrive are well educated, gifted healers with a passion for helping this underserved community. The adjunct therapies offered at the center provide a respite from the stress and pain that accompany these women, and it is wonderful to observe them help each other in a community building setting.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with You Can Thrive from April - July 2009 and it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Each and every volunteer was committed their time to improve another life. The services provided really changed lives. To hear the stories of women whose lives had been transformed through the community at YCT made each hour I spent volunteering worth it. YCT helps women go through one of the hardest times in their lives and each and everyone's support is needed so that YCT can expand and help more people!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi ,my name is Gregory. My work at theYCTF has been one of upliftment. I do reflexology at the center. The best feedback is to here the ladies say how goood they feel after the sessions. I think that service from the heart is very important and a gift from God.

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stevenation

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was the reflexology program director for "You Can Thrive" breast cancer survivor's foundation. I met Luana Halpern who is the founder and really fell in love with the program that she had put together. I had a lot of feet go through my hands and I heard a lot of stories and heard laughter and tears. It was a fantastic place for me as an outreach reflexology volunteer, sensing the challenge to these young women and seeing the courage in them as they went through treatment. I was very lucky to have had the opportunity to serve these women.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

You Can Thrive! Foundation fills in what is absolutely missing in breast cancer aftercare – well-rounded, holistic treatments that are crucial to women who have gone through much physical and mental distress. Each woman receives personal attention and care. There's a tight-knit and welcoming community feel.

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loretta d

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful support center providing holistic, integrative care to ALL survivors of breast cancer. Spending time at "You Can Thrive" reminds me just how precious human life is. The healing treatments are priceless....

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a breast cancer survivor, I feel a strong desire to give back,to help other woman on their journey through breast cancer and beyond. When I heard about YOU CAN THRIVE I was intrigued. When I volunteered at YCT I knew I found the place to do GOOD. A place that's entire agenda is purely to make woman feel good, to offer services that focus on the one person woman often put last in their lives...themselves. And knowing that everyone at YOU CAN THRIVE is there as a volunteer makes it all the more special. The woman know that all those providing services at YCT are doing it purely from the heart, just to make them feel good. Some woman come to talk, share their experiences and receive treatments. Others come to escape and quietly get treatments and rejuvinate. To see woman come in heavy- hearted and leave smiling and light makes it all worthwhile. So often we think about doing things and say "would I benefit from this?" "why would I go there?". Being a part of YOU CAN THRIVE, I have to say "Why wouldn't you come to YCT?"

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non profit is run by volunteers. Which means that your donations go towards the free programs they provide to breast cancer survivors. Integrative resources and prevention counseling goes a long way to helping people NOT suffer. Support a new grassroots effort and KNOW that your donation is making a BIG difference.