YN teaches cancer survivors how to overcome the physical and psychological challenges of cancer treatment through teamwork, coaching, and strong interpersonal support from a network of other survivors.
The program prepares women for life after cancer by re-building self esteem, appreciation for their own bodies, and a joy for living – all through structured experiences that prepare them to walk a fashion runway. The program culminates in a graduation ceremony that is a celebration of life -- a fashion show spot-lighting the survivors and attended by their friends, families and, importantly, their caregivers.
This very public demonstration of their renewed confidence provides a healing moment not just for the survivors, but also for the stakeholders who have helped them through the disease: the many physicians and healthcare workers who have treated them, and the circle of friends and family who continue to support them.
You Night transcends the traditional “Support Group” model in many ways: by introducing a scheduled program of skills education; by setting timed goals for health improvement; by cultivating a sorority of survivors; by integrating care givers, professional coaches and family; and by moving the entire experience out of the healthcare system.