Cancer care goes beyond just treating the disease.  Comprehensive care can support cancer survivors’ overall wellness to help live improved lives as you navigate your personal cancer journey.  Mindfulness, creativity, exercise and social connections are key pieces of an integrated cancer care program. These programs help to reduce stress and strengthen the body.


FOR THE MIND & SOUL:

Mindful Meditation meets every Monday from 2:30 to 3:00 at HealthFit Powered by Sarasota Memorial, 5880 Rand Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34238.  Call SMH/Thrive 941-917-7827

Laughter is Good Medicine  meets on the 2nd and 4th Fridays at Health Connection, Sarasota Memorial 1st floor, 1700 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Call SMH/Thrive 941-917-7827

Creativity Group helps people experience the stress reducing and meditative benefits of creative self-expression.  It meets every Monday from 2:00 to 3:30 at HealthFit Powered by Sarasota Memorial, 5880 Rand Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34238 Call SMH/Thrive 941-917-7827 to pre-register


FOR THE BODY:

LiveStrong at the Y:  a free 12-week physical activity program designed to get survivors (and a partner) back on their feet. Local participating YMCA facilities:

Venice YMCA
701 Center Road Venice, FL 34285
941-492-9622
livestrong@veniceymca.org
http://www.swflymca.org

Englewood YMCA
701 Medical Blvd
Englewood, FL 34233
941-475-1234
livestrong@veniceymca.org
http://www.swflymca.org

Evelyn Sadler Jones
8301 Potter Park Drive Sarasota, FL 34238
941-922-9622
srqymca@gmail.com
http://www.sarasotaymca.org/livestrong

Frank G. Berlin Branch
1075 S. Euclid Avenue Sarasota, FL 34237
941-955-8194
srqymca@gmail.com
http://www.sarasotaymca.org/livestrong

Englewood Area Cancer Foundation provides free memberships to qualified survivors at Body Shaping Fitness, 1499 S. McCall Road,  Englewood 34223. Call EACF 941-270-3149 to learn more.

Survivors in Sync:    Dragon boat paddling team promotes physical fitness, wellness education, and psycho-social empowerment for breast cancer survivors.  Practices are at Nathan Benderson Park on Cattleman Road on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. For information about becoming a team member, please contact survivorsinsync@gmail.com or call Jackie at 941-685-0678
http://survivorsinsync.org

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Cancer Institute Thrive programs:  For details and a list with location information, visit www.smh.com/Home/Services/Cancer-Institute/Support-and-Survivorship.

Oncology Yoga:
Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 at HealthFit (Clark Road at Rand Blvd., Sarasota)
Mondays from 4:00 to 5:30 in Venice at Jacaranda Trace (Starts May 6th)
Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 at the Rehabilitation Pavilion, Arlington St. entrance

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Cancer Institute Thrive programs continued…

Oncology Qigong:
Mondays 3:30 to 4:30 at the SMH Rehabilitation Pavilion, Arlington St. entrance
Saturdays from 12:00 to 1:00 at HealthFit (Clark Road at Rand Blvd., Sarasota)

Oncology Tai Chi:
Tuesdays 12:30 to 1:30 at HealthFit (Clark Road at Rand Blvd., Sarasota)
Tuesdays in Venice 10:00 to 11:00 at Jacaranda Trace (Jacaranda Blvd. & US 41)
Thursdays 12:30 to 1:30 at HealthFit (Clark Road at Rand Blvd., Sarasota)
Fridays 3:00 to 4:00 at the Rehabilitation Pavilion Arlington St. entrance

Oncology Recovery Exercise
Tuesdays from 3:00 to 4:00 at the SMH Rehabilitation Pavilion, Arlington St. entrance
Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 at HealthFit (Clark Road at Rand Blvd., Sarasota)
Fridays from 1:30 to 2:30 at HealthFit (Clark Road at Rand Blvd., Sarasota)


SOCIAL CONNECTION:
See our full list of cancer support and networking groups

Stitch & Chat (SMH/Thrive) – Sew, stuff and chat while making breast surgery comfort pillows. Mondays from 10:00 to noon at the Team Tony Cancer Connection Center, 3562 S. Osprey Avenue, Suite C, Sarasota.

Knitted Knockers are soft breast forms for post mastectomy and reconstruction use.  Learn to knit them or help stuff. Groups meet at several location for knitting and fitting:
– 2nd Wednesday from 1:00 to 3:00 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4365 State Road 776,  Venice
– 3rd Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 at 1921 Waldemere St., 2nd floor Magnolia Room, Sarasota.  Park in the SMH North Garage. Valet parking for a fee is available. (SMH/Thrive).  
– 4th Tuesday from 1:00 to 3:00 at Manatee Memorial Hospital, 206 Second St. East, Bradenton

Faces of Courage Foundation provides free fun Cancer Camps and outings children, women and men diagnosed with cancer and/or blood disorders. https://www.facesofcourage.org/camp