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AKA  You Can Thrive!
New York, NY

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Basic Organization Information

Also Known As: You Can Thrive!
Physical Address: New York, NY 10011 
Web URL: youcanthrive.org 
Blog URL: thrivingafterbreastcancer.wordpress.com 
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
Ruling Year: 2009 


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Mission Statement

Mission: You Can Thrive! creates resources to alleviate the psychosocial and physical distress of underinsured and financially strained breast cancer survivors by using patient-centered educational and wellness programs to promote better health after breast cancer. Our programs educate 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.  76% of our client base is under 50k per year or 'working poor' and 53% are under the federal poverty level and would otherwise not have access to these resources. Please see our video at http://youcanthrive.org

Legitimacy Information

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Leadership (GuideStar Exchange,
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August 2012)

Ms. Luana Halpern

Term:

Since June 2008

Profile:

Luana DeAngelis Halpern is Founder and Director of You Can Thrive! Foundation. Luana has studied for 30 years through her generational family lineage and professional experience in the natural health field. After being diagnosed with invasive cancer in 2004, she felt strongly that mind/body integrative modalities coupled with education and navigation/advocacy services should be accessible for all breast cancer survivors. Luana attends numerous scientific conferences as an outspoken integrative health advocate and speaker, she also works extensively with essential oils, kinesiology and nutrition. In 2005 she began developing a replicable comprehensive non-profit wellness model to further diversity in integrative health care for people with breast cancer. She now manages the foundation and their large charitable wellness community consisting of over a hundred volunteers. This effort has served hundreds of cancer survivors in the New York City area with plans for expansion in 2011.

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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Programs

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!

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