Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2016 Survivor Recognition Dinner

The night is over and event was another huge success and so much fun.  With this moment we want to offer our sincerest thanks for your support of our Recognition Dinner 2016. The honorees, Dr. Siobhan Hanlon and Margaret Hurban, two amazing women who inspire, strengthen and empower others are a true blessing for Strength for Life.

Your support helped Strength for Life net over $10000 towards the mission of providing free exercise classes and wellness weekends to people living with cancer and survivors. Strength for Life is able to impact the lives of cancer survivors with your generous help. Thank you!

As you may know, Strength for Life was formed in memory of Evelyn Knapp, an exercise physiologist, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2005.  Evelyn’s vision was to help others with a cancer diagnosis feel their absolute best during and after treatment.  Strength for Life’s mission is to make her vision a reality.

We are helping 100 survivors weekly in our 11 locations, a far cry for our start with one class in a residential basement. Sessions are held, quarterly, at Stony Brook Cancer Center, Winthrop University, Mather Hospital, STARS Rehabilitation, Long Island Cancer Wellness Center (affiliate of Good Samaritan Hospital), Southampton Hospital, Monter Cancer Center, World Gym Wantagh, Brookhaven Hospital and our newest location Southside Hospital. 
Strength for Life is very active with support groups throughout Long Island; we are on the advisory committee for the Suffolk County  Cancer Prevention and Health Promotion Coalition; and we have are proud of our ‘5’ star rating on “Great Non Profits” with comments from our clients stating they had a “life changing”, “powerful” and “nurturing” experience. A recent testimonial from our February retreat reads:
“I just came back from a retreat sponsored by Strength for Life, this was the most amazing experience. It was absolutely the best weekend that I have had since my diagnosis 2 years ago. Not only is the staff amazing loving people but the truly amazing brave women that I have met there. It was very well organized and went without any problems whatsoever. I came home from this retreat feeling happy, positive and empowered. It gave me a sense of wellbeing, reignited that fight inside me and also truly made me realize that we are not alone in this battle. I also attend the weekly exercise classes given by Strength for Life which I look forward to as well, not only has it inspired me to get out there and exercise more, but I also met such amazing, loving people as a result. This organization is a godsend and I am so thankful that my path has led me to them. Love, love, love the staff and the whole concept that they stand for. Thank you Debbie, Jacqui and everyone associated with Strength for Life.”
~ Darlene Homire.
Our mission is to educate survivors and the general public how to use exercise as a complementary therapy to increase the odds of survival, and how exercise as prevention decreases the risk of chronic diseases.

Thank you!

Jacqui Errico & Debbie Hughes
The Horses got Blinged out this year!

Honoree Margret Hurban

Past Honoree, Margaret McAdorey and Jeanne

The Hurban Family

Dr. Siobhan (Honoree) with Co-founders, Jacqui and Debbie

Our BOD President Teresa Doherty

Brendan with the winning horse 'Spirit'

Rolling the Dice

Thank you Briana McCarthy for the beautiful pictures - just a few are shown here.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Calling for Survivor participants in the June 11, 2016 LI2Day Walk

Registration is now open for Survivor participants in the June 11, 2016 LI2Day Walk

The annual LI2Day 13.1 Mile Walk is an event that raises awareness and funds to fight breast cancer and other cancers on Long Island.  We kindly invite all survivors to register to participate in the final procession of our event. 

Your Survivor registration includes:
  • A Survivor t-shirt
  • Transportation from the Smith Point County Park main parking lot to the Marina for lunch
  • Lunch at the Smith Point Marina with all the walkers who are participating in the event.  Lunch is for the Survivor only.  Family members can picnic at the pavilion area where family fun activities are planned.
  • Participation in the final procession across the Smith Point Bridge to the events' Closing Ceremony.  If you plan on processing over the bridge the distance is approximately 1 mile.  If you are unable to walk 1 mile transportation will be provided.


Click here to register to participate as a survivor.

Registration Information: No registration fee for Survivors.  If you are registering as a survivor keep in mind this is only for lunch and the final procession.  If you plan on doing the whole 13.1 Mile Walk you need to register as a walker $75 fee, commit to raise $500. 
  • Fundraising is optional.  We will send you a password in a separate email and you will use your email address as your username to log in and check your fundraising progress by logging into Walker Central located on our home page at www.li2daywalk.org. Your ID# is {Walker ID:22} and is to be used when you or your donors mail in checks in your name. Donations are tax-deductible. Check can be made payable to LI2DBCW & Mail to: LI2DAYWALK P.O. BOX 11514 Newark, NJ 07101-4514.  There is no minimum fundraising commitment.  Any dollar amount helps support cancer initiatives locally.
  • Receipt of email confirmation and important info about your Survivor registration which will include the following:
Email confirmation will include the following info (you will receive this when you register).

About your registration:
SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2016 SURVIVOR CHECK IN LOCATION:  Smith Point County Park Main Parking Field.  You will see signs to direct you.
·         PARKING IS NOT PERMITTED AT THE SMITH POINT MARINA - All Survivors must park in the main parking
·         field at Smith Point Beach.  A discounted parking coupon has been provided to you.  Please bring with you the day of the event and hand in to the parking attendant upon entering the parking lot. Directions to Smith Point County Park - Shirley, NY: From the LIE - take 495 to exit 68 William Floyd Parkway South, go to the end. Follow signs for Main Parking Field.  Look for LI2DAY Survivor Check-in Signs.  From Sunrise Highway - take Sunrise to 58 South (William Floyd Parkway), go to end. Follow signs mentioned above. Please be sure to bring the pass below:
·         CHECK IN TIME: 10:30 - 11:30 AM - the last bus leaves at 11:30 AM. When you check-in you will receive your t-shirt and lunch pass then board a bus and be driven back across the bridge to the Smith Point Marina for lunch and Closing Ceremony with the walkers.

·         Only registered survivors will be given a lunch pass and permitted in Marina.  Remember, that your registration is for you only. Any family members or friends that come with you on Sunday must go to the pavilion area after the bridge on the right-hand side (the DARE AREA is across from the main parking lot). No family members or friends may come to the Marina as access is limited to registered participants only. Please have your friends and family pack a picnic lunch and wait for you to see the final procession over the bridge. There will be fun family activities provided by LI2DAY.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Rockin' Races, Strength for Life's Annual Fundraiser Honoring Two Inspirational Women

Join Strength for Life as we celebrate 
two incredible woman 
who inspire, and empower others....

This is how we keep our programs going at no cost to survivors.

Consider participation and/or donation...
financial or inkind for the raffles. 
Everything matters.

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“I can do things you cannot, 

you can do things I cannot; 

together we can do great things.”

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Great NonProfit Review Request

UPDATE - Although we received the 2016 Top-Rated Award we still appreciate reviews so donors see that we are actively accomplishing our mission.

Read the:

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit

Dear Friend,

If you love our work then tell the world! You have an opportunity to help us make even more of a difference in our community. GreatNonprofits – a review site like TripAdvisor – is honoring highly reviewed nonprofits with their 2016 Top-Rated List. Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a review of your experience with us? All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. 

You Can Do It!
You still need 1 positive reviews (4+ stars) to be Top-Rated. This is a rolling awards, so you can become Top-Rated and get your Top-Rated badge as soon as you reach this. Last day is October 31st.

About the Awards
GreatNonprofits, the #1 rated review site for nonprofits, has launched its coveted top-rated awards program. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards was started in 2010 and is now the  most influential "people's choice" awards for outstanding nonprofits, large and small.

It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! Go here to get started! 

Thank you for taking this time for Strength for Life.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Get Excited for GREAT Basket Raffles at the Recognition Dinner, April 24th

Recognition Dinner, Sunday, April 24th 4-8pm
Upsky Hotel Hauppauge
call 631-675-6513
email - strengthforlife@optonline.net





8 Training and 4 Nutrition Sessions


Autographed poster featuring 6-time Pro Bowler and 2-time team MVP cornerback 
Darrelle Revis


Just the beginning,
Join us, help us continue our programs!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Read Strength for Life's recent reviews on Great Non Profits

click link

Read 7  new reasons in 2016 
to continue working hard to keep our programs going.

“The best way to find yourself 

is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Spring Session 2016

Join US!!!!

Below are the results of a recent survey regarding our class participants,
as you can see greater than 55% improvement in every aspect.

Long Island Cancer Help and Wellness Center, Bay Shore
Monday, March 7, 2pm

Winthrop University Hospital (All Cancers) 
Thursday, March 24, 2016 5:30 pm

Stony Brook University Hospital
Tuesday, March 29 6:30 pm

Hampton Bays (Southampton Hospital)
Wednesday, March 30th, 3 pm

Mather Hospital
Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 pm

Brookhaven Hospital 

World Gym, Wantagh
Monday, April 4, 3:30 pm

Winthrop University Hospital (Breast Cancer )
Monday,  April 4, 2016 6:30 pm

STARS, East Meadow
Friday, April 1, 3:30 pm 

Monter Cancer Center
Resuming in the Summer
Thurdays 6pm TBD