Strength for Life has so much news to share!
At the Breast Cancer Summit, held May 11 at Carlysle on the Green, we were honored to receive this "Certificate of Recognition" from Suffolk County Legislator William Spencer for "dedicated service in enhancing the recovery process and improving functional activities for those who have received a cancer diagnosis."
Thank you! Strength for Life has been growing and reaching many more individuals with our various class locations and by sharing at support groups the benefits of adding exercise to their treatment and recovery plan.
In addition, we are hosting our first "Survivor Recognition" - Rockin' FUNraising Event at the Heritage Center on June 8, 2012. The event is to honor three extraordinary survivors who "Inspire, Strengthen and Empower" others.
In June, we will have a second "H3 Initiative -Hammock Hiking for Humanity". Strength for Life was honored to meet Raul Perez last year when he offered to do a fund-raising event for us. The "H3 Initiative" of 2011 raised $1165 for Strength for Life with an additional $300 donated to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy; this year the goal is $3000 with 20% to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Raul has a personal pledge of 10% to the Alzheimer's Foundation. Donations to help Raul achieve these awesome goals are appreciated.
Our Wellness Retreat will be held in October and there are already 46 on the list for 20 spots. Unfortunately we were not able to get the same hotel rooms and deals for March and/or June or we would have at least one more. If anyone reading this has hotel connections and wants to help Strength for Life, please contact us. Remember these Wellness Retreats are offered at NO cost to cancer patients/survivors. The weekend includes a variety of modalities of exercise, including strength training, yoga, tai chi, meditation, Reiki along with incredible speakers on "Complementary Therapies", "Nutrition" and more.
And soon we will be working on our Third Annual "Evelyn Knapp Run to Remember" which will be held November 18, 2012. This year we will be holding our first "Survivor Walk" concurrently at Sunken Meadow State Park. We are seeking sponsors to help defer the many costs of these events.
Our fund-raising efforts, alone, allow Strength for Life to continue to hold classes, at various locations, provide equipment and hold our Wellness Retreats all at no cost to survivors.
"Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us everyday." - Sally Koch