The Program and Founders
A Time to Heal Cancer Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit foundation founded in 2005, whose signature program is a 12-week holistic wellness rehabilitation program for cancer survivors and their caregivers, designed to help a cancer survivors regain strength and health through a combination of evidence-based modalities on the most relevant topics for cancer survivors (nutrition, exercise, fear, comfort, fatigue, relationships, spirituality, happiness, and more), demonstration and practice of easy techniques for relaxing, de-stressing, coping, and strengthening, group discussion/support, and mobilization of the power of intention through affirmation. The class is offered at no charge to the participants, through the generous support of sponsors and donors.
The program began in Omaha, Nebraska in 2005, facilitated by Drs. Koraleski and Ryan. As knowledge and interest in the program grew, it later expanded to sites throughout the state of Nebraska as well as 10 other states, delivered by over 100 trained program facilitators.
The Research and Evidence
Since 2005, research has been conducted to determine the effect the program has had on participants. Five different measures of physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual wellbeing are used. Participants show no significant change before beginning the program. At the end of the 12-week program, participants have improved significantly on all 5 of the measures and the gains are maintained at a 6-month post-program follow-up. Participants see increases in hope, happiness, quality of life, and resilience and decreases in depression and anxiety.
How to Bring the Program to Your Area
Bring the 12-week Holistic Wellness Class to your area!
We hold Facilitator Certification Training 1-2 times annually for those interested in bringing the A Time to Heal Holistic Wellness class to their area. A facilitator team consists of 2 or more people, including one medical professional and one mental health professional. In some of the most remote communities we have found reasonable alternatives to this requirement.
The next training will be held in Spring/Summer of 2019; details will be on this page when available. Training for individual sites can be brought to your area upon request.
To learn even more about bringing A Time to Heal to your area, please contact Executive Director Rebecca Vinton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-401-6083.
If You are already a Facilitator for A Time to Heal
We hold a Facilitator Retreat annually to update current facilitators on new information, and to renew and refresh your commitment to A Time to Heal. Attending the retreat serves to re-certify you as an A Time to Heal Facilitator.