Beth C. Tortolani Foundation Provides Grant to JCC Cancer Wellness Program for Sixth Year

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Cancer patients will continue to receive free physical and emotional support.

Strength to Strength participants (shown here at the JCC's 5K Run/Walk & Children's Fun Run in 2011) receive free physical and emotional support from trained staff.

Strength to Strength participants (shown here at the JCC's 5K Run/Walk & Children's Fun Run in 2011) receive free physical and emotional support from trained staff.

[Strength to Strength] has become a life-line that I rely on.

The Beth C. Tortolani Foundation has generously provided a grant to Sid Jacobson JCC’s Partners In Caring Strength to Strength program for a sixth year. Strength to Strength is a customized program geared to the special needs of individuals recovering from cancer treatment or actively engaged in a treatment regimen. Strength to Strength is conducted by certified exercise instructors and professional social workers specially trained to support the recuperative needs of those affected by cancer. Group sessions are now offered four days each week, with both daytime and evening options. Participants can also receive short-term counseling, information and resources to help support both their individual needs, as well as their families. Strength to Strength is completely free and caregivers are also welcome.

The Beth C. Tortolani Foundation was founded to support and fund programs and services that provide resources, knowledge and skills to women with breast cancer and their families in order to enhance the quality of their lives. The foundation is dedicated to the memory of Beth C. Tortolani, who died of breast cancer at age 50.

“The Strength to Strength program has helped me both physically and emotionally,” Lori V., a cancer survivor since 2011, said. “It has become a life-line that I rely on. I am in survivor mode. My family and I are so fortunate to have this program.”

For information about the “Strength to Strength” program, please contact Randy Hight, LMSW, UJA-Federation of NY’s Partners in Community Care Social Worker, at 516-484-1545, ext. 196, rhight(at)sjjcc(dot)org.

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