TURNING PAIN INTO PURPOSE
Mission Statement: A community exercise program in which persons with a cancer diagnosis participate in group classes designed to enhance their recovery process. Services provided will include educating cancer patients and the general public on the benefits of exercise in reducing the risk of certain cancers and improving functional activities.
Our Story: Strength for Life was founded in memory of a friend and mentor, Evelyn Knapp, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2005 at the young age of 40. Evelyn was a wife, mother of 3 young girls, business owner, colleague and friend to many. As an exercise physiologist, she was passionate about promoting exercise and proper nutrition to her clients, family and friends. Evelyn’s motivation and dedication helped countless individuals engage in a healthier lifestyle and achieve optimal wellness. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she continued exercising throughout treatment saying it gave her a feeling of control in an uncontrollable situation. From there she made it her mission to help others with a cancer diagnosis experience the emotional and physical benefits of incorporating exercise into their treatment plan. Sadly, Evelyn lost her battle just 18 months into her fight, however her mission was not lost and Strength For Life was formed to keep her memory alive and make her vision a reality.
In 2006 Co-Founders Jacqui Errico and Debbie Hughes became Certified Cancer Exercise Specialists with the plan to bring safe and effective exercise training to cancer thrivers at Evelyn’s fitness centers where they still worked. After speaking at a cancer support group on the topic they quickly realized the outrageous medical costs associated with cancer treatment left little room for a personal trainer or gym membership for the majority of those diagnosed. Recognizing that need, they decided to start a nonprofit organization so anyone with a cancer diagnosis regardless of socioeconomic status can experience the benefits of incorporating exercise into their treatment plan. In 2007 Strength For Life was officially formed and our work began!
Board of Directors
Our Advisory Board is made up of cancer thrivers and survivors.
Strength For Life is committed to being the best stewards of the revenue it receives from its supporters, sponsors and partners. We are mission-driven and work tirelessly everyday to maximize our impact to inspire, empower and unite those affected by cancer.
On behalf of those served throgh our mission, we thank you for your trust, belief and commitment to our growth and success. 86% of every dollar raised goes directly to supporting our wellness programs for cancer patients, survivors and thrivers.
View our annual tax returns below: