Nancy Marx Cancer Wellness Center

Our expert cancer wellness specialists are here to support your overall quality of life by providing services and holistic care to ALL cancer survivors throughout all phases of treatment. Check out our August Programs & Events Calendar for dates and descriptions.

  • Participants are encouraged to attend group classes for mind, body and health – such as yoga, meditation and swimming – which help manage stress, emotional well-being and the side effects/symptoms of cancer.
  • By forming connections with one another through our discussion and support groups, cancer survivors gain the sense of hope with compassionate like-minded people.
  • Special workshops (on topics such as journaling and nutrition), an annual retreat and more are scheduled throughout the year.

Registration and a telephone intake are required prior to participation. All programs run for 12 weeks, with an assessment done at the conclusion of the program.

“There are no words to fully express my gratitude for the JCC Cancer Wellness program, for you as the director of this program and for all the participants I met in the discussion group. It has helped me grow stronger physically and emotionally. When I entered the program I was so depressed, but slowly my strength and spirit started to return. I am learning acceptance of uncertainty and finding ways to make life meaningful again. For all these blessings, I am filled with gratitude.”

“The Retreat today way perfect, warm and friendly and a pleasure to attend. Thank you for hosting such a fine event. Thanks for all you do at JCC.”

“Thanks for all you do for us. Your programs have given me true boosts.”

“I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate attending the water exercise class every Tuesday. I feel so much better since I have been attending class. A year ago I would not have believed just what this therapy has done for me. Thank you Randy.”

 

Download the Physicians Clearance Form here.

Here at Sid Jacobson JCC, we’ve come to realize that everyone has been affected by cancer in one way or another. Perhaps you have been diagnosed.  If not, chances are that a family member, a friend, a teacher, a colleague or a neighbor has had to beat – or is in the process of – beating the battle. With hope and help from professionals, such as the specialists at the Nancy Marx Cancer Wellness Center, those touched by cancer should know that they are not alone.

If you have been affected by cancer in any way, this is the place for you. We invite you to share your thoughts, feelings, frustrations, challenges, dreams, hopes. Or, let someone you care about know that you are thinking about them and will remain in their corner every step of the way.

Regardless of whether you are a program participant or not, we invite you to share your story with us (anonymously if you wish).

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Exercise
Programs

OUR LATEST SCHEDULE HAS BEEN RELEASED. SEE BELOW FOR FULL DESCRIPTIONS AND UPCOMING START DATES.

> All exercise programs run for 12 weeks, with an assessment done at the conclusion of the program.
> Registration and a telephone intake are required prior to participation.
> Classes are free unless otherwise specified.
> A physician’s clearance is required to participate in exercise programs.

August Programs & Events Calendar 

FOR ALL CANCER SURVIVORS

WATER WORKOUT FOR STRENGTH + WELLNESS
Engage in low impact movements, stretching and breathing exercises to strengthen your upper and lower body in our heated pool.
Tuesdays, July 24 – November 6
11:45am-12:30pm
No class on: August 28 / September 11, 18, 25 / October 2
Register

GENERAL EXERCISE GROUP * STRENGTH TO STRENGTH 101
Increase your strength and flexibility while working with our cancer exercise specialist.
Fridays, August 3 – October 26
No class August 31 – Maintenance Week
12:45-1:30pm
Register

GENERAL EXERCISE GROUP * STRENGTH TO STRENGTH 201
For clients who have completed General Exercise STS 101 and have received the approval of the social worker and cancer exercise specialist to move to a transitional exercise class.  STS 201 will reinforce your increased strength & stamina, and will assist you in preparing to enter regular exercise classes at SJJCC.
Fridays, August 3 – October 26
No class August 31 – Maintenance Week
12:45-1:30pm
$120 / members free
Register

GENTLE YOGA
Participate in a combination of postures, rhythmic breathing and meditation to reduce fatigue, anxiety and restore a feeling of wellness.
Sundays, July 29 – October 28
9:30-10:30am
No class on: August 26 / September 30
Register


NEW EXERCISE FOR CANCER SURVIVORS IN THEIR 20s, 30s & 40s
Work with a cancer exercise specialist to increase strength and aerobic capacity while reducing fatigue and stress.
Tuesdays, July 3 – October 23
7:30-8:30pm
No class on: August 28 / September 11, 18, 25 / October 2
Register


FOR BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS

Programs funded in part by Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer, Beth C. Tortolani Foundation and the New York State Department of Health

BREAST CANCER EXERCISE GROUP * STRENGTH TO STRENGTH 101
Exercise designed to the specific needs of women with breast and other gynecologic cancers.
Mondays, June 4-August 20
1-1:45pm
Register

BREAST CANCER EXERCISE GROUP * STRENGTH TO STRENGTH 201
For clients who have completed Breast Cancer STS 101 and have received the approval of the social worker and cancer exercise specialist to move to a transitional exercise class.  We’ll help you reinforce your increased strength & stamina, as you segue into regular exercise classes at SJJCC.
Mondays, June 4-August 20
11:30am-12:15pm
$120 / members free
Register

BREAST CANCER WATER WORKOUT
Engage in low impact movements, stretching and breathing exercises to strengthen your upper and lower body in our heated pool.
Tuesdays, July 24 – November 6
11:45am-12:30pm
No class on: August 28 / September 11, 18, 25 / October 2
Register 

BREAST CANCER GENTLE YOGA
Participate in a combination of postures, rhythmic breathing and meditation to reduce fatigue, anxiety and to restore a feeling of wellness.
Sundays, July 29 – October 28
9:30-10:30am
No class on: August 26 / September 30
Register


{NEW!} RESTORATIVE MOVEMENT FOR THOSE IN ACTIVE CANCER TREATMENT

Experience a gentle, full body workout designed specifically for people who are undergoing cancer treatment. All exercises are done in a seated position.

Our cancer exercise specialist will work with you to:
> Increase muscle strength
> Reduce fatigue and increase energy
> Reduce stress
> Increase blood flow throughout your body
> Improve quality of life
Fridays, September 7 – November 23
11:30am-12:15pm

For more information or to register, contact Reisa Brafman, 516.484.1545 ext. 228, rbrafman@sjjcc.org

Discussion
Groups


August Programs & Events Calendar 

NEW ADVANCED, RECURRING + METASTATIC DISCUSSION GROUP 
This group is for those with recurrent, advanced or metastatic cancer coming together to offer support, resources and encouragement, while sharing experiences and building relationships. Caregivers welcome.
Meets the second and fourth Friday of every month.
12-12:45pm

DISCUSSION GROUP FOR MALE CANCER SURVIVORS
This group is designed for all male cancer survivors of any age, to form connections with others in similar circumstances. Peer lead by Scott Gassman, cancer survivor and change management practitioner.
Meets the first Monday of each month
12:15-1:30pm
Register

DISCUSSION GROUP FOR BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS
Meet with other survivors to discuss topics related to treatment, wellness, survivorship, relationships and body image. Funded in part by Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer and Beth C. Tortolani Foundation.
Mondays, 12:15-1:00pm
Ongoing

DISCUSSION GROUP FOR ALL
Meet with others to discuss assorted topics related to your experience. Caregivers welcome.
Fridays, 1:30-2:15pm
Ongoing

Family
Support

WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK — FAMILY CANCER SUPPORT
Individualized services provided to children with either a parent or sibling undergoing cancer treatment. When your family is in need, “We’ve Got Your Back”. Open to families in the Town of North Hempstead.
Funded in part by Go With Courage and Sid Jacobson JCC’s New Leadership Group. 

WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK — AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Designed for children ages 5-12 whose parent or sibling has a cancer diagnosis. Children are given the opportunity to share and learn life skills alongside peers who are also facing similar circumstances. Our professionally-trained staff will assist with supervised homework time, therapeutic playtime and more. A light dinner will be served. Children will also acquire tools on how to cope with their family member’s cancer diagnosis. An intake is required. Transportation from the Roslyn elementary school is provided. Open to families in the Town of North Hempstead.
Funded in part by Go With Courage and Sid Jacobson JCC’s New Leadership Group. 
Begins Tuesday, October 9, 3:30- 6:30 pm.

SPEAK WITH A PROFESSIONAL
An oncology social worker is available for counseling information and referral services.

For more information, contact Randy Hight, LCSW, OSW-C, 516-484-1545 ext. 213, rhight@sjjcc.org

Calendar +
Events


August Programs & Events Calendar 

RELAX~RESTORE~RENEW RETREAT

Come together to balance your life emotionally, physically and spiritually! This free retreat is open to survivors of all types of cancer and is run by a professionally-trained and experienced staff.

> Featuring two levels of exercise, an educational discussion on medical marijuana with a palliative care doctor, and a cooking demonstration by an oncology dietitian
> Provides nurturing support from others dealing with similar life challenges
> Snacks, a healthy lunch and a T-Shirt will be provided
> Please wear comfortable clothing and sneakers

Sunday, September 30
9am, Registration
9:30am-2:30pm, Programming
Bernice Jacobson Day School & Camp (340 Old Wheatley Road, Old Westbury)
Free to survivors or all types of cancer. Caregivers are also welcome at no cost.
REGISTER

For more information, contact Reisa Brafman, Coordinator, Nancy Marx Cancer Wellness Center, 516.484.1545 ext. 228, rbrafman@sjjcc.org

POWER OF WORDS
Join teacher and writer Leslie Popkin and put pen to paper as you awaken the writer within you. Record your thoughts, philosophy on life and more.
Ongoing
Mondays, 2pm


KNITZVAH – KNITTING FOR A CAUSE

Knit or crochet 8×8 inch squares to be made into lap blankets for the infusion center of The Cancer Institute at St. Francis Hospital. All ages and levels welcome, instruction provided. Please bring your own materials.
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
Wednesdays, 12-2pm

Community
Partners

 


PROGRAMS & EVENTS CALENDARS
August


RELAX~RESTORE~RENEW RETREAT

Sunday, September 30
9am, Registration
9:30am-2:30pm, Programming
Bernice Jacobson Day School & Camp (340 Old Wheatley Road, Old Westbury)
Free to survivors or all types of cancer. Caregivers are also welcome at no cost.
REGISTER
Click on the “Calendar + Events” icon above for more details. 


NEW THIS FALL

RESTORATIVE MOVEMENT 
Experience a gentle, full body workout that is designed specifically for people who are undergoing cancer treatment. All exercises are done in a seated position.
Begins September 7
Fridays, 11:30am-12:15pm
REGISTER

For more information, contact Reisa Brafman, 516.484.1545 ext. 228, rbrafman@sjjcc.org

Looking for more information?

Randy Hight, LCSW, OSW-C, Director of Cancer Wellness Center, 516.484.1545 ext. 213, rhight@sjjcc.org

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