Monday, December 15, 2014

Mahalo nui loa (Thank you very much)

Congratulations Courtney (BOD Barbara Donnellan's daughter) 
for finishing the Honolulu Marathon in 4:17...very close to anticipated time 
and in the rain... 
Courtney raised $1880 for Strength for Life plus some matching $$$$ 

Photo: Congratulations Courtney (BOD Barbara Donnellan's daughter) for finishing the Honolulu Marathon in 4:17...very close to anticipated time and in the rain...  Courtney raised $1880 for Strength for Life plus some matching $$$$  

Mahalo nui loa (Thank you very much)

Mahalo nui loa (Thank you very much)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Evelyn Knapp "Run to Remember" Recap

Strength for Life would like to thank all who came out to support our run on November 23rd, 2014. 

YOU made the day a great one!

It was a beautiful day for a run on the challenging hills of Sunken Meadow, 
or simply a Boardwalk stroll for a great cause.
Strength for Life is a local nonprofit providing free exercise classes and wellness retreats to cancer patients/survivors throughout Long Island. This year we have helped nearly 200 cancer survivors in our classes and retreats, since our inception over 1200. In 2014 we added two more locations for classes and there will be an additional two more locations in 2015. We are serving Winthrop Hospital, STARS Rehabilitation and the Dolan Family Center (NSLIJ), Stony Brook Hospital, Mather Hospital, Southampton Hospital, Brookhaven Hospital and Long Island Wellness Center (Bay Shore). We have three retreats planned for 2015 and hopefully will add an alumni retreat.
We have much to be thankful for during the Holiday Season!
Once again this year, we would like to thank the Green Vale ‘Pacers’ for their generous fundraising donation of $2000. Our motto is “Inspire, Strengthen, and Empower” and it is obvious that same motto resonates in each one of the 56 young ladies and their inspiring Coaches. The Pacers have been a gift to Strength for Life since our Inaugural Run in 2010 and during this Thanksgiving season we reflect on the gratitude of their support. It is overwhelming!
Many of our ’thrivers’ helped raise money by reaching out to
 friends and family for sponsors - thank you!
Evelyn Knapp "Run to Remember" Recap
We were blessed to have support from our partners at Mather Hospital, Stony Brook Cancer Center, Winthrop Hospital and STARS Rehabilitation (NSLIJ). In addition, continued support from Cassone Leasing, the Emerald Society and Clayton’s Funeral Home.
Local support of in-kind donations from our friends at Runner’s Edge, Sayville Running Company, Fairway Market, Giunta’s Meat Farms, Costco, BJ’s, Target, ‘Ginny Bakes’ and Adventureland.
If you would like to learn more about our programs please visit our website at or call Jacqui at 631-675-6513. And next year mark your calendar for the Sunday before Thanksgiving and join us, you will be helping us to assist your friends, family or neighbors that have been diagnosed with cancer to regain their ‘strength for life’.

2015 Locations and Class Schedule

Strength for Life provides FREE exercise classes for 
adult cancer patients/survivors throughout LI.

Classes are held at:
  • World Gym Wantagh, Mondays at 3:00 pm (January 19)
  • Winthrop University Hospital (for breast cancer) , Mondays at 6:30pm (January 12)
  • Brookhaven Hospital, Tuesdays at 2:00 pm (January 6)
  • Stony Brook University Cancer Center, Tuesdays at 6:30 pm (January 13)
  • Southamptom Hospital (Hampton Bays), Wednesdays at 3 pm (January 7)
  • Mather Hospital, Wednesdays at 6:30 pm (January 21)
  • Dolan Family Center (Huntington/Greenlawn), Thursdays at 6:30 (January 8)
  • STARS Rehabilitation, East Meadow (tbd) undergoing renovation
  • Long Island Help and Wellness Center, W. Islip (tbd) undergoing renovation

Classes are held by Certified Cancer Exercise Specialists and modifications to meet your specific abilities are available.
Please call 631-675-6513
Medical clearance and Pre-registration are necessary
Simply bring yourself, water and a towel - all else will be provided!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Evelyn Knapp “Run to Remember”, November 23, 2014

"On November 21, 2010, we accomplished a goal that had been haunting us for sometime. Strength for Life held its inaugural run - due to the success of the SkyDive fundraiser we had the courage to take the plunge. 
Given a budget of nearly $9000 we started our uphill battle and we won! 
325 registered by Nov 19 and 180 on the day of the race. 
Strength for Life netted about $8500.”

This is to invite you to take part in our 5th Annual "Run to Remember"and our 3rd Annual 3K Wellness Walk to be held at Sunken Meadow State Park on Sunday, November 23, 2014. Along with the Kids Fun Run we have something ‘active’   for the whole family.

Last year, through ‘record breaking’ cold and wind gusts of 50 mph we achieved ‘record breaking’ proceeds for our programs, netting over $20,000.  On the day of race, 99 individuals woke up and came out to register and support us regardless of the frigid temps bringing the total to over 600 registered participants.

In 2013 with the support of individuals, like you, Strength for Life was able to host over 160 cancer survivors to attend our FREE exercise classes and wellness retreats. Many of the testimonials on Great NonProfits describe their experience with Strength for Life as “life-changing”, “powerful” and “nurturing”.  Since our inception in 2007 we have helped over 1000 cancer survivors learn tools to achieve optimal wellness.

This year Strength for Life became a full beneficiary of the LI2Day Walk for Breastand Other Women’s Cancers, received a grant from Frank J. Antun Foundation, Allstate and the Island Outreach Foundation; held our First Annual “Zumbathon"; our Third Recognition dinner honoring 3 incredible survivors who emanate our motto to “Inspire, Strengthen and Empower,” and we presented Our First “Evelyn Knapp Benevolence Award"; lastly in October we were beneficiaries of three incredible fundraisers. With this success we have been able to add  classes in Hampton Bays, and planned are classes in Huntington and Brookhaven in early 2015. 

Our success on the day depends your attendance and support. Of course, there are a range of sponsorship opportunities available from race day shirts to “in-kind donations", and your help is appreciated.

Please consider joining us for this 5th annual event and helping Strength for Life continue on the mission of assisting cancer survivors to  “feel their absolute best” and reduce their risk of recurrence.

Register now through Active , or visit our website to download application.

Thank you!!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Three Athletes Running to Benefit Strength for Life...

We have three athletes running in support of Strength for Life

Thank You Desiree, Jason and Courtney!!!!

Support Desiree as she runs the NYC MARATHON
to support Strength for Life!
Click HERE to donate via 
On November 2nd I will be running the ING NYC Marathon! Help me support a wonderful cause, Strength for Life! This is my third fundraising effort for the cause and every donation helps make a BIG difference in someone's treatment and/or recovery. Strength for Life is 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.

Support Jason as he runs his first FULL PHILLY MARATHON 
to support Strength for Life!

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I am running my first full marathon and raising money to support Strength for Life, a non profit organization providing exercise classes and weekend wellness retreats to cancer patients and survivors at NO COST. This cause is very special to me as my mother is a breast cancer survivor and "climbed out of the pit" through exercise. Please help me hit my fundraising goal! 

Support Courtney as she runs her first FULL HAWAIIAN MARATHON
to support Strength for Life!

Click HERE to donate via 

I’m taking part in the Honolulu Marathon on December 14th to raise money that will be used to support Strength For Life which is an organization dedicated to raising awareness about the tremendous benefits of exercise to cancer patients and survivors. Strength for Life was founded in 2007 in memory of Evelyn Knapp, co-founder of the Personal Training Institute (PTI), who lost her courageous battle with breast cancer and who had a passion for exercise and made it a priority to continue exercising throughout her chemotherapy treatments. I started working at the Personal Training Institute in high school and it introduced me to the benefits of exercise and proper nutrition and I also had the pleasure of meeting Evelyn Knapp on numerous occasions. Her dedication and motivation helped inspire countless individuals to engage in a healthier lifestyle, including myself. Strength for Life provides exercise classes and wellness retreats at no cost to cancer patients and survivors. 

Your donation will help improve the quality of life for individuals diagnosed with cancer by providing safe and effective exercise programs free of charge. Classes are designed to enhance the recovery process and also educate cancer patients and the general public on cancer prevention strategies through exercise and nutrition. These programs help cancer patients regain their strength both physically and emotionally. Co-founders Jacqui Errico and Debbie Hughes, who I also had the pleasure of working with, are passionate about this cause and their dedication to helping others through exercise is inspiring. This will be my first Marathon and I’m hoping you will help support me and my goal to raise $4,000 for this tremendous charity!


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Contributes to Strength for Life

As a beneficiary of all the attention given to breast cancer awareness month – we are grateful for all the support. Although Strength for Life is open to any adult survivor regardless of age, gender or cancer diagnosis – the response in October was overwhelming.

Three separate fundraisers brought in over $23000 which is monumental for a small grassroots organization like ours.

Fun and laughter at Aunt Barbara’s Tupperware Event – this is by no means your ‘run of the mill’ Tupperware party.  Relish Restaurant of  Kings Park hosted the fun-filled evening and $1500+ were the net proceeds for Strength for Life.  Kudos to Aunt Barbara and all our guests, videos and stories shared on our FaceBoook page showed just how much fun shopping for Tupperware can be.

On October 11th, Barbara Larrea of World Gym Wantagh orchestrated “Spin for Strength” suggesting each rider honor a friend or relative by raising a minimum of $300 for a two hour epic ride. The 40 spin bikes at World Gym Wantagh sold out, and the donations came flooding in.  World Gym rented another 15 bikes and they promptly sold out. Live percussionists and a video montage of the honorees advanced the powerful and emotional atmosphere of this event. 

The response before, during and after was overwhelming…over $20,000 was raised by the efforts and enormous energy put into play by Barbara Larrea. We were speechless when she handed over $14000 in cash and checks on top of the $6000+ coming through our website. Kudos to all the sponsors, riders and World Gym Wantagh for hosting this incredible gift to us.

Fitness Plus of Port Jefferson Station hosted a Spin-a-thon under the suggestion and guidance of Deanna Manzon on October 18th.  Riders were asked for a $10 contribution per hour for a 4 hour span of spinning.  One strong and crazy ‘over achiever” lasted the complete 4 hours – Kudos Michelle! The 19 bikes were filled for many of the sessions, raffles and hand painted wine glasses (‘I love to Spin” or Cancer Awareness Ribbons) thanks to Kiki netted Strength for Life $1650+.  Thank you again to all the riders and instructors Deanna, Kiki and Danielle.

To put this in perspective for a small grassroots organization – these funds can easily pay for 3 wellness retreats, hosting 20 survivors for an overnight stay and nourishment of mind, body and spirit through the classes and presentation and camaraderie of the event… AND equipment for 300 new survivors to attend our classes.  Strength for Life offers FREE exercise classes at various locations on LI and provides the equipment so the ‘thriver’ can continue their exercise prescription at home.

Information on our class schedule and retreats can be found on our website,  
New locations are continually added to make it as accessible as possible for survivors to commit to an exercise program. 

Strength for Life classes are held by Cancer Certified Exercise Specialists and the classes can be safely added to the treatment and recovery plan with clearance from the individual’s medical team. In 2010 the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) updated it’s guidelines for cancer patients to “AVOID INACTIVITY” and our mission is to provide these classes and retreats at no cost.  These fundraisers, and your donations, make this possible.

Thank you to each and everyone who supported these events in anyway – we are forever grateful!

Our 5th Annual “Run to Remember” will be held on 11/23/14 at Sunken Meadow State Park where there will be something active for the whole family – a Kid’s Fun Run, 5K Challenging Trail Run, 3K Wellness Walk on the Boardwalk…please consider joining us.

Donations are always welcomed – you can donate via PayPal, NYCharities, Cash, Check or Money Order mailed to 902 Constance Lane, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776.  

Thank you!