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Creating Access and Opportunity for all Cancer Survivors


To improve the lives of low income and under-served cancer survivors through specialized yoga classes, scholarships and tools. Today, we help hundreds of survivors build strength, hope and community, tomorrow we will help millions.


yoga4cancer Foundation operated under the name ‘The Retreat Project’.

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100% of Funds Raised Support Projects and Survivors

Your donation will pay for the following:

  • $20 – Fund an oncology yoga class for a survivor
  • $50 – Provide one yoga mat and a copy of Yoga for Cancer
  • $100 – Distribute 10 books and research to cancer centers and hospitals
  • $500 – Support a partial scholarship for a professional
  • $3,000 – a year sponsorship of 50 classes for up to 15 cancer survivors

All donations are tax-deductible.

Current Programs & Projects

We have a broad list of projects that are aimed to provide better access and outreach to low income and underserved cancer survivors. These include:

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Why we do what we do:

Cancer affects more than 4,600 people in the U.S. every day. An estimated 1.7 million Americans will be newly diagnosed in 2018, and globally the number of new cases topped 14.1 million in 2012. Half of men and one-third of women will receive a cancer diagnosis during their lifetimes.

Despite advancements in treatment, cancer patients and survivors continue to face unique challenges to their physical and mental health, some of which persist for decades after initial treatment. Cancer survivors are more likely than those without a cancer history to experience poor health and disabilities. Survivors, defined as are more susceptible to other illness, report increased anxiety, and experience disruptions in daily functioning and family life.

Cancer takes a toll on survivors’ financial security, as well as their contribution to the overall economy. In 2014, cancer patients paid nearly $4 billion out of pocket for cancer treatments. In addition to the burden on individuals, the American Cancer Society reports that cancer alone is responsible for $115.8 billion in lost productivity, projected to reach $147.6 billion in 2020. Treatment and lingering health problems cause patients to reduce work hours, decline promotional opportunities, and take unplanned early retirement. For 27% of cancer survivors, financial hardships include reduced disposable income, increased debt, and/or bankruptcy.

Cost-effective and impactful interventions are essential to help individuals manage the devastating impacts of cancer. Yoga is an effective, low-cost cancer management tool that has been shown to improve mortality rates, support individual health and well-being, and reduce health care costs and lost productivity due to cancer. Yoga programs for cancer patients and survivors must be accessible, professionally-led, and supported by oncology team members as well as institutions and health benefits systems.  

An excerpt of the ‘Yoga Interventions for Cancer Patients and Survivors‘, a white paper funded in part by The Retreat Project.

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To submit a donation via check, please send to
yoga4cancer Foundation
PO Box 1235
Stowe, Vermont 05672

All donations are fully tax deductive.

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Give Back Yoga Foundation

yoga4cancer Foundation are proud partners of Give Back Yoga Foundation. Our shared mission is to increase access to yoga across social, physical and economic barriers.

Be sure to check out the report ‘How Yoga Transforms Lives‘ by Give Back Yoga Foundation.

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