Human Services

You Can Thrive! Foundation

  • New York, NY
  • http://YouCanThrive.org

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

Main Programs

  1. Inner Thrive! Integrative Wellness Center for Breast Cancer

service areas

National

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ruling year

2009

chief executive for fy 2005

Ms. Luana DeAngelis

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Keywords

Integrative Services, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Free Support, Advocacy, Patient Navigation, Dance, Meditation, exercise

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EIN

26-3468354

Physical Address

New York, NY

Also Known As

You Can Thrive!

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Personal Social Services (P50)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Community Health Systems (E21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Impact statement

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!

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Inner Thrive! Integrative Wellness Center for Breast Cancer

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.

Category

Human Services

Budget

$800,000.00

Population Served

Female Adults

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To reduce mortality and incidence of breast cancer by providing direct preventative and palliative services at an early point in diagnosis to the women, mothers, wives, daughters. These are the caretakers of the next generation. We give them the tools to heal long-term affordably and equally for all demographics. We have seen a drop in mortality equally for white and black women in NYC since our program started in 2005. Our future goal is to create a long term replicable version of this for the general public and supporting people in their community through a hybridized preventative health club.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    You Can Thrive! will continue with our all volunteer model. Through board giving and fundraising efforts we've begun hiring new associates in the office to better manage programs and expand our reach. Once every one knows that we can make an impact by starting with those diagnosed rather than giving the money to corporate interests for research, the donations will be substantial enough for us to begin the nationwide expansion of Urban Thrive! Health Clubs for prevention and relief.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    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 as a survivor I’ve been able to navigate them into treatment successfully. This is why doctors found and recommend You Can Thrie! too.

    NYC is the best city in the world to be diagnosed with breast cancer, and believe it’s because of the work we’ve been doing at You Can Thrive! We have been instrumental in changing the funding stream to include people with cancer and supportive services in order to reduce mortality and incidence of the disease in future generations.

service areas

National

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Blog

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Social Media

@YouCanThrive.org

@YouCanThrive

@youcanthrive

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YOU CAN THRIVE FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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You Can Thrive! Foundation

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Luana DeAngelis

BIO

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.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"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"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Luana DeAngelis

None

Term: 2005 - June 2015

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