You Can Thrive! Provides Free Breast Cancer Wellness Services to 100th Woman

Tuesday, August 19, 2008 General News
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NEW YORK, Aug. 19 Non-profit You Can Thrive!(http://www.youcanthrive.org), announced today that it has provided freebreast cancer wellness services to its one hundredth client, Miranda James ofBrooklyn. "Each Sunday I look forward to my quality time at the center. I feellike I'm at a spa being pampered. The atmosphere makes me forget about mysituation and takes my mind off the things I am going through."

James, a single mother, was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2007at the age of 38. During her traditional cancer treatments and current roundof chemotherapy, You Can Thrive! provided acupuncture, massage therapy,advocacy, physical activity and nutritional counseling in a supportiveenvironment of peers, volunteers, survivors and wellness professionals.

Cancer survivor and You Can Thrive! Founder Luana Halpern says, "It's amiracle we've been able to service 100 women on a shoestring. We've mobilizedthe healing and breast cancer communities, and move joyfully towards the nextlevel. We are providing amazing support services with so little, and wecontinue to expand programs to meet the needs of area survivors. We areseeking partners, sponsors, volunteers and donors. We'd love to have a homefrom which to provide our services, as we've outgrown our current space."

Miranda James and You Can Thrive! founder Luana Halpern are available todiscuss the foundation and program.

About You Can Thrive!:

Founded by survivors for survivors, You Can Thrive! offers a broad arrayof unique quality of life and wellness programs to people living with breastcancer diagnoses in the New York metro area, reaching out to women who wouldotherwise be unable to afford such services. Acupuncture, massage,reflexology, dance, meditation, nutritional counseling, educational seminars,advocacy, peer and community support and other therapies help managetreatment-related fatigue and enhance a sense of well-being, empoweringsurvivors to create individualized "long-term survivorship plans". Usinghealth education to foster a holistic integrative approach to disease, You CanThrive! wellness programs guide women to do more than merely survive, butillustrates You Can Thrive!Contact: Mary Beth Kissane 212-590-0536 [email protected]

SOURCE You Can Thrive!


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