Monday, September 22, 2014

Shouting from the Rooftops, local nonprofit, Strength for Life receives $20000

Shouting from the Rooftops, local nonprofit, Strength for Life receives $20000

Buried in with the ‘day to day’ junk mail and mixed with bills, laid this envelope.

Oh, I remember we applied for a grant some six months ago…it was a thin envelope , one sheet – another denial?

I opened it and nearly fainted.

A $20000 check, in support of Strength for Life, to advance our work.

As you can well imagine this is not an ordinary event for our small nonprofit.  We work hard to at what we do best – train cancer patients/survivors to regain range of motion, strength and endurance. The ancillary parts of running a nonprofit are not our forte – like grant writing. There is an art to that.  For Strength for Life to be honored by The Island Outreach Foundation  is a true blessing.

Since 2007, when Strength for Life was officially formed, we have helped over 1000 cancer patients and survivors regain their “strength for life”. We hold classes at Stony Brook Cancer Center, Winthrop University, Mather Hospital, STARS Rehab (part of NSLIJ), Long Island Cancer Wellness Center, and our newest locations at the Southampton Hospital, the Dolan Family Center and the Commack JCC.  We have reached out to Peconic and Brookhaven and this grant gives us the confidence we can support all these endeavors and then some.

Strength for Life is very active with support groups throughout Long Island and we are on the advisory committee for the Suffolk County Cancer Awareness Task Force.  In addition, we were voted 2013 LIWA (Long Island Women’s Agenda) Organization of the Year and we are proud to share that Strength for Life has a 5’ star rating on “Great Non Profits” with comments from our clients stating they had a “life changing”, “powerful” and “nurturing” experience.

We will be hosting our 13th Wellness Retreat next weekend at the Hyatt Windwatch in Hauppauge, offering 20 new cancer patients/survivors an overnight escape from their daily responsibilities and renewal of mind, body and spirit offered by our array of classes.  They will be introduced to many complementary therapies including Yoga, Reiki, Meditation, Sound and Energy Healing and Feng Shui. We always say we may bring them together but they are what make the magic happen – the camaraderie at these retreats is ‘priceless.”

Since we are a small grassroots nonprofit, relying heavily on our fundraising events, this very generous grant from the Island Outreach Foundation will help fund our future retreats, our extended classes and the equipment we provide to each survivor so they may continue their exercise prescription at home.

Please visit our website at to learn more about our classes and retreats and read the testimonials provided on Great Non Profits. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Join Deanna and 'Spin for a Cause' at Fitness Plus, Port Jefferson Station

Fitness Plus Gym Will be hosting this event! 

671 Old Town Road Port Jefferson Station,NY 

Photo: Fitness Plus Gym Will be hosting this event! 671 Old Town Road Port Jefferson Station,NY 
The Spin-a-thon will be held on Saturday October 18th form 8:00am- 12:00pm. Please Reserve a Bike for a Specific time slot. We are asking for a minimum donation of $10.00 per hour. All Profits go directly to Strength For Life.

The Spin-a-thon will be held on 

Saturday October 18th from 8:00am- 12:00pm. 

Please Reserve a Bike for a Specific time slot. 

To facilitate your payments for a bike - we have opened this fundraising page. 

Feel free to share with friends. 

Join Deanna and 'Spin for a Cause' Strength for Life is a non profit organization providing 
FREE exercise classes and wellness retreats to adult cancer patients/survivors, 
regardless of age, gender or cancer diagnosis.

We are asking for a minimum donation of $10.00 per hour. 

All Profits go directly to Strength For Life.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Aunt Barbara's Tupperware Party to benefit Strength for Life

A fundraiser to benefit Strength for Life, 

October 6th at 7:30 pm at Relish in Kings Park. 

RSVP required - call Debbie at 631.882.3387

As you may know Strength for Life is a non profit organization providing FREE exercise classes and wellness retreats to cancer patients/survivors on LI. We rely on our fundraising events to afford these programs - please come and join us for a hilarious evening and great products too!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Strength for Life FB page 900+

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If you have not liked our FB page - please join us there, it is updated daily with relevant articles on the latest in nutrition for cancer survivors, exercise (of course) and uplifting thoughts.  
And all the happenings of our organization.

Thank you!!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

One more way to support Strength for Life - a 'win/win'

Our friend 

partnered with

for a Pilates's for Breast Cancer demonstration and book signing, 

with 10% of proceeds coming to Strength for Life, 

October 23, 2014 in Manhasset.

If you purchase the book - please consider AmazonSmile a portion of your purchase will be designated to your preferred non-profit.  It is very easy to set up and a gentle reminder is given each time you log into Amazon.  Of course we would appreciate your selecting "Strength for Life" as your non profit of choice.

As you may know, Strength for Life provides FREE exercise classes and wellness retreats to adult cancer patients/survivors on Long Island, regardless of age, gender or cancer diagnosis.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Courtney's Race for a Cause.....

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. Wellness retreats educate guests in total well-being for their mind, body and soul. A full day is dedicated to providing different classes such as Yoga, Meditation, Art Therapy and Reiki to participants so they may discover new methods of healing and coping in a supportive environment. Guest speakers from the medical and psycho-social fields provide valuable information on a variety of topics to participants. 

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 and opportunity to work with and their passion and 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, September 8, 2014

"Physical activity is the only integrative oncology therapy with a survival advantage." ~ Dr. Deng

Excerpt from: "Mythbusters:  Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Cancer" (Medscape)

Proposition: Engaging in physical activity, such as walking, running or recreational sports, can improve cancer survival.
What the science says: The benefits of exercise for both mental and physical health cannot be denied. Since 1996, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that adults engage in moderate-intensity activities, such as a brisk walk or jog, for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week.[4] In 2008, the American Cancer Society (ACS) reiterated these recommendations, providing a wealth of new evidence to support the role of exercise in cancer prevention and for promoting overall health.[5]
A growing body of research now suggests that exercise may not only help protect people from developing cancer but also may increase survival in those already diagnosed.[6] A 2005 prospective, observational study, which followed almost 3000 women diagnosed with nonmetastatic breast cancer, found that those who engaged in moderate physical activity -- equivalent to walking 3-5 hours each week at a modest pace -- significantly lowered their risk of dying from breast cancer compared with their more sedentary peers.[7]
Exercise may also enhance survival for those diagnosed with nonmetastatic colorectal cancer.[8] In one observational study which followed 573 women diagnosed with stage I, II, or III colorectal cancer, those who were physically active after their diagnosis, regardless of their prediagnosis exercise regimen, were less likely to die from cancer or in general. And the more exercise they did, the better their odds became: Those who engaged in 6 or more hours of moderate exercise each week, including walking, bicycling, swimming, and running, reduced their risk of dying from cancer by about half compared with their peers who exercised less than 1 hour per week.
For men with prostate cancer, the data also look promising. In a prospective study, which followed 47,620 men in the United States over 14 years, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health analyzed the relationship between cancer incidence and reported physical activity levels.[9] Although the researchers did not find an association between exercise and survival in younger men, in men 65 years and older, regular vigorous activity did appear to slow the progression of both advanced and fatal prostate cancer. The authors concluded that "regular vigorous activity could slow the progression of prostate cancer and might be recommended to reduce mortality from prostate cancer."
Encouraging results from a 2014 prospective cohort study showed an association between exercise and survival in men diagnosed with a range of cancers.[10] The study followed 1021 men diagnosed with cancer for 2 decades, in which time the men completed questionnaires about their level of physical activity. Those who engaged in more frequent and vigorous exercise, measured by their estimated weekly calorie burn, had the lowest risk of dying from cancer. The best survival advantage occurred in men who burned over 3000 calories per week, which is equivalent to about 45 minutes to an hour of hiking or jogging 5 days a week for a typical 150- to 200-lb man.
What the expert says: According to Dr. Deng, "Physical activity is the only integrative oncology therapy with a survival advantage."
Cheryl L. Rock, PhD, RD, a professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, added, "Exercising not only lowers a person's risk of developing cancer and makes it less likely they will have a recurrence, but it also increases the odds of cancer survival. For patients diagnosed with cancer, exercise enhances quality of life and can change how the body metabolizes food, which may promote important healing processes."
As an oncologist who practices integrative oncology, Dr. Rosenthal tries to get patients to increase their activity levels to at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. "Although the specific type of exercise may vary, patients do need to get their heart rate up, so the exercise should be higher-impact, such as jogging, as opposed to stretching or yoga. Even on a bad day, doing just 5-10 minutes could have preventative and rehabilitative effects," he said. In fact, Dr. Rosenthal noted, "at the Dana-Farber Cancer Center, we give chemotherapy to some patients while they walk on a treadmill."
The evidence supporting exercise in cancer care is so compelling that most experts consider physical activity to be part of mainstream, not complementary, treatment. "At this point, exercise and diet regimens can easily be considered conventional medicine," said David Gorski, MD, PhD, a surgical oncologist at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit who specializes in breast cancer surgery.
Despite the clear benefits of physical activity, Dr. Deng cautioned, "We can't give patients generic advice about exercising after they are diagnosed with cancer. There are many nuances to developing an appropriate exercise program that is tailored to patients' individual condition and needs -- one that takes into account their personal preferences, whether they are overweight or underweight, their current diet, their type and severity of cancer."

Verdict: Confirmed. The evidence showing that regular moderate-to-vigorous exercise improves survival for men and women diagnosed with a range of cancers is compelling.