Strength For Life

Strength for Life provides free exercise classes, weekend retreats and other wellness programs to cancer patients and survivors.

Co-Founders Jackie and Debbie lost their friend and mentor to breast cancer in 2005.

Their friend Evelyn always said that during her fight with cancer that exercise gave her that sense of control in an uncontrollable situation. It became her mission to help others going through the fight to do the same.

Jackie and Debbie keep Evelyn’s mission and purpose alive through Strength for Life to fulfill Evelyn’s vision.

There is substantial evidence that higher levels of physical activity are linked to lower risks of several cancers.

In fact, many studies show that physically active women have a lower risk of breast cancer than inactive. As much as a 12% lower risk.

How might physical activity be linked?

1. Lowering LEvels of Hormones

Insulin and estrogen and other growth factors have been associated with breast and colon cancer.

2. PRevent Obesity

This may go without saying, but we are saying it anyway. Eat right, exercise right, and your body will be better for it.

3. Improved immune & DIgestive system

Exercise helps in the reduction of inflammation and improving your immune system.

It helps the metabolism and reduces the amount of time it takes for food to travel through your digestive system.

All this begs the question…

How much physical activity?

Consult your doctor on this, but the guidelines for activity for Americans according to the report in 2008 state that adults should at least engage in 150 minutes per week of moderate activity. Then 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week.

As a cancer survivor, research indicates that physical activity is linked to better cancer-specific outcomes, like recurrence and survival.

If you are a survivor (or have a family member who’s a survivor), who may be struggling with the recovery process and feeling like everything is out of control, be inspired by Evelyn, Jackie, and Debbie and focus on health, not the disease.

Strength for Life is committed to making classes as accessible as possible to all cancer patients/survivors in Nassau and Suffolk counties by seeking donated space at a location convenient to the group to eliminate the travel burden from the survivors.  We provide the equipment for each to keep and continue the exercises at home.  Strength for Life maintains these programs at no cost to the survivor to eliminate any financial burden.

In the last 5 years, LI2Day has awarded Strength for Life $75,600, which has made it possible for expansion of the programs to extend from the Queens border to Southampton, serving 11 communities, and has allowed us to hold our 18th wellness retreat in September 2016.

We have supported over 1700 survivors to date, and in 2016 we are proud to have added a class for pediatric cancer survivors and their families.  As a small grassroots nonprofit the help and support of LI2Day is monumental.

“From Day 1, our experience has been seamless and that is solely due to the professionalism and support that the L12Day and their staff provide. We recall reflecting on our first adventure at the 2-day walk and being ‘awestruck’ at the execution of organizing all the pieces that went into the 2-day event.  This continues to be the case.” said Strength for Life founders.

Come join Strength for Life and the rest of the hundreds of people walking in June in the LI2DAY 13.1 Mile Walk.