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You Can Thrive! Foundation Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/29/2015: You Can Thrive! Foundation

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 07/13/2015: YOU CAN THRIVE FOUNDATION

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AKA  You Can Thrive!
New York, NY
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You Can Thrive! Foundation Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 05/29/2015: You Can Thrive! Foundation

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 07/13/2015: YOU CAN THRIVE FOUNDATION

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Also Known As: You Can Thrive!
Physical Address: New York, NY 10011 
EIN: 26-3468354
Web URL: YouCanThrive.org 
Blog URL: YouCanThrive.org/blog 
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P50 Personal Social Services
B Educational Institutions
B05 Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E21 Community Health Systems
Year Founded: 2005 
Ruling Year: 2009 


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Mission Statement

Mission: You Can Thrive! creates systems change resources to alleviate the psychosocial and physical distress of underinsured and financially strained breast cancer survivors by using a multi-disciplinary patient-centered educational and wellness program to promote better health after breast cancer. Our model educates participants to create risk-reduction plans through exercise and meditation courses, seminars and personalized nutritional education programs, while facilitating free access to acupuncture, aromatherapy, reflexology and massage to reduce symptoms. Enhancing this through education,  peer-support and advocacy gives survivors tools to become an empowered partner in the healing process.   Please see our video at http://youcanthrive.org

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Ms. Luana DeAngelis

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Since May 2005

Profile:

Our Director and Integrative Survivor Navigator Luana DeAngelis is Founder and Director of You Can Thrive! Foundation. After being diagnosed with invasive cancer in 2004, she felt strongly that mind/body integrative modalities coupled with education and navigation/advocacy services are imperative in addressing mortality and recurrence for all breast cancer survivors outside the hospitals. Luana has studied natural health since she was a child through her generational family background. Through this organization she has launched three different sites for integrative cancer care and incorporated a new multidisciplinary paradigm for palliative after care for cancer. Luana is an active patient advocate on behalf of aftercare, patient advocacy and quality of life issues. She has assisted scientists in designing clinical trials, and is trained in the science of breast cancer, as an integrative therapist, and in quality care for cancer. In 2005, she began developing our replicable comprehensive non-profit aftercare model, by creating community support and unity in both the medical and integrative fields and furthering diversity in integrative aftercare for people with breast cancer. She designed YCT programs from an ‘insiders’ perspective; focused intently on the needs of someone undergoing a cancer diagnosis. As an independent patient navigator, Luana has guided over 700 women into and through medical treatment and care at hospitals, as outpatients, and through integrative holistic programming at You Can Thrive! Her speaking engagements and TV/Radio appearances have reached thousands more. Luana attends numerous scientific conferences as an outspoken patient health advocate and speaker. She works extensively with advocacy, navigation, reiki, essential oils, kinesiology and nutrition. She gives Reiki in the operating room at Columbia.

Leadership Statement:

It is my belief that access to care should not determine suffering from a diagnosis, so the model we developed gives all the things people need to address the whole person regardless of income. Our focus: reduce symptoms associated with cancer and it’s treatments with affordable, proven effective non-toxic health services like acupuncture, massage, reflexology, reiki, aromatherapy tapping and so many others and empowerment through education to aid in better outcomes and cancer prevention by incorporating personalized nutritional counseling, educational and informative seminars, exercise, meditation and lifestyle support with peer support and patient advocacy/navigation. “..Lifting love beyond a mere personal relationship and turning it into a large scale social force for good.” - Martin Luther King

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Program: Inner Thrive! Integrative Wellness Center for Breast Cancer (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$800,000
Category:
Human Services
Population Served:
Female Adults

Program Description:

Inner Thrive! is an innovative wellness and cancer support model built by a young breast cancer survivor as a model program to provide access to Integrative Healthcare for all cancer survivors. Starting with breast cancer this model was created to allow people of lower incomes and in higher mortality groups to have equal access to resources that alleviate suffering These essential support services (ie: acupuncture, massage/reflexology, aromatherapy, patient navigation, nutritional counseling, meditation and exercise) in preventative and palliative care were previously inaccessible to a vast number of underprivileged women, disproportionately disfavoring minority communities. These services are proven scientifically to reduce symptoms associated with cancer and it’s treatments. This foundation is dedicated to making the most helpful integrative resources available to all people at a time when they need it most and can afford it least. Please support the people who have cancer by helping You Can Thrive! continue and expand our very essential mission.

Program Long-Term Success:

Evaluation tool: MYMOwell-being is scored on a similar scale. On follow-up questionnaires the wording of the previously chosen symptoms is unchanged. Each client is evaluated before the 1st visit, then after 4th, 7th, 10th, and lastly after the 13th visit. Several published studies have shown that MYMOP is practical, reliable, and sensitive to change. These studies from both orthodox and complementary practitioners include people receiving treatment for a range of problems. We’ve found it to be the appropriate self-evaluation tool for this program and are considering additional studies with the help of Dawn (epidemiology) ND. Preliminary Results: Preliminary data has been collected for Twenty eight (28) women. The mean rating for the primary symptom at the initial assessment was 4.37. Approximately 4 sessions later the women were reassessed for the same symptom and the mean rating for the primary symptom this time was 2.61. This was a significant drop of ratings of symptomology, t (27) = 7.54, p .01. On all four scales the mean ratings improved, suggesting a reduction in symptomology, less symptom interference with daily activities, and a better overall sense of wellbeing after participating in the program for approximately 4 sessions. For several of the women we collected follow data after eight sessions, the trend continued with the mean ratings improving. This statistically significant preliminary data leads us to believe that our program is a very effective support tool on many levels. We look forward to a wider study among survivors with Columbia University researchers. It has been approved by the IRB and we seek funding to implement our strategy.

Program Short-Term Success:

Mortar and brick funding for a crucial dedicated space open to all types of cancer.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

You Can Thrive! Foundation provides free and low-cost resources to breast cancer survivors through a comprehensive patient-centered educational and wellness program to promote well being. By providing resources like Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Advocacy, Massage, Reflexology and Nutritional Counseling to all survivors regardless of income, You Can Thrive! helps people with breast cancer to not just survive but Thrive! Our main funder, Avon Foundation reported a 10 year study on cities nationwide in relation to disparity and mortality rates for black and white women. NYC is the MODEL city in the country for mortality rates dropping EQUALLY for these groups, and it’s not the trend in other areas. At first they thought that black women had different genetics, but really the underserved have less trust of the medical establishment. Because we work outside hospitals we have been able to find many of these women who decide not to take any care, and with our navigator we've been able to guide them into treatment successfully. This is why doctors found and recommend us too. We are the best city in the world to be diagnosed with breast cancer and I believe it’s because of the work we’ve been doing at You Can Thrive!
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