The Libby Ross Foundation developed two unique support programs for women with breast cancer to enable them to better cope with the harsh physical and emotional tolls of the disease. The LRBCF Pink Ribbon Kit Program and the Pose for Pink Yoga Program were created to help build and foster the community of women affected by the disease and to give them a constant stream of support.
Pink Ribbon Kit Program
One of the most challenging moments in a woman’s life is the moment when the diagnosis of breast cancer is confirmed. Many diagnoses are given with no instructions or support thereafter, which can result in isolation and fear, which can further damage the new patient. To combat this effect, LRBCF provides Pink Ribbon Kits to women recently diagnosed with breast cancer. These tote bags are distributed by trained volunteers and contain comfort items and self-help tools that women with cancer find cathartic during treatment. The bags also offer valuable information on available resources, medical treatments, and emotional issues. Offered at a woman’s most trying moment, the bags not only provide supportive products, but also afford each woman the knowledge that she is not alone in her fight. The program is currently offered at the Comprehensive Breast Center at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan and through Women At Risk at the New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Pose for Pink Yoga Program
The affects of breast cancer on women often vary, but one commonality is the tremendous strain the disease puts on the body and mind. While undergoing treatment or recovering post-operation, a woman may become acutely aware of her weakened body. Many studies in recent years have shown physical activity, and notably yoga, offers women a means to regain their strength through low-impact activity while simultaneously improving mood. As part of the Foundation’s unique support programs the program has featured FREE weekly classes, quarterly workshops, and three-day retreats for survivors of breast cancer and other women’s cancers. The Foundation embraces the community of women suffering from all forms of women’s cancers, giving them the unique opportunity to bond with other women who have had or who are currently being treated for the disease.
The Pose for Pink program is part of a 10-year partnership with Tari Prinster, a yoga guru and breast cancer survivor. Nationally certified, Tari created Women Cancer Survivor Teacher Training and teaches classes specifically tailored to women who may have post-op complications due to treatment. Participants in our yoga classes and retreats focus on breathing techniques and gentle restorative movements to help integrate and strengthen the body and mind.
Through these programs, we have helped thousands of women effected by breast cancer across the United States.