Reach & Raise is Living Beyond Breast Cancer's unique twist on a traditional charity event. Rather than running, walking or biking to a finish line, we engage in one large-group outdoor yoga event with music, healthy refreshments and shared stories of inspiration at a unique, iconic location to raise funds and awareness for our programs and services. The event started in 2001 in Philadelphia and has since expanded to five other cities including Denver, Ft. Myers, Florida, Kansas City and Washington D.C.—with more on the horizon. Thus far, tens of thousands have participated in Reach & Raise, raising more than $2 million to support LBBC and in the process building communities of support for individuals impacted by breast cancer.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) is a national nonprofit with the mission of connecting people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support. We do this through a variety of programs and services, including national conferences, regional meetings, webinars and twitter chats, publications, a toll-free Breast Cancer Helpline, and a website that is easy to navigate and full of information.
In 2000, Jean Sachs, our CEO, met with Philadelphia area yoga instructor Jennifer Shelter and one of her students, who had a great idea: a yoga class in support of women with breast cancer on Philadelphia's iconic Art Museum steps. This would be an opportunity to create something truly unique and to bring together an entire community in support of people impacted by breast cancer, while engaging participants in a fun, healthy group activity.
Since then, yoga has become an integral part of LBBC, since it offers physical and mental health benefits, whether a participant is affected by breast cancer or not. We've developed a guide about Yoga and Breast Cancer that details the research on this connection. Most important, yoga is a way for people to come together and experience a community of support. Unlike a walk or run, everyone is in the same place at the same time, experiencing a special unity. And everyone can participate, regardless of their level of physical fitness or experience with yoga.
No worries we don't expect you to be able to do headstands or even a downward-facing dog (or to know what that is)! We ensure this class is accessible to everyone, from the newbie to the experienced yogi. We even have assistant instructors that can help modify the moves to suit your level of ability and comfort. This class is more about community support and less about touching your toes and doing back bends. Yoga means unity, and that's what this event is all about!
Your registration fee includes a yoga class featuring live music, access to the Healthy Living Expo, swag bag (while supplies last) and a great feeling knowing you are helping those impacted by breast cancer!
Visit Reachandraise.org and then choose your city. You will then be directed to the registration form where you can register as an individual, start or join a team or register as a family.
Once you choose your city, you will be asked to “Join a Team” or “Register as an Individual.” Click “Join a Team” and search for the team name or the name of the captain of the team you want to join. Then, just follow the steps to register!
Yes, we welcome on-site registrations! Please be aware that prices increase the closer we get to the event.
Yes! Reach & Raise is an all ages event. We have special rates for kids under 18 and those under 10 are always free.
An inspiration filled morning of yoga, music and community connection (with a few snacks thrown in for good measure)! We encourage all participants to arrive early enough to park, register and be ready at their mats in time for the program to begin. At registration, participants receive a wristband which must be worn throughout the event. Last minute donations can also be turned in during registration.
Once you enter the event space, pick your spot and place your mat. Please be thoughtful of others and place yoga mats close together to ensure everyone can fit! Before the class, feel free to check out the vendors at the Healthy Living Expo or meet your fellow yogis. Things will start with a short program followed by an hour-long yoga class featuring live music. After the class you will enjoy some light bites and another opportunity to check out our great Healthy Living Expo.
This event is rain or shine! Please dress accordingly and make sure to read pre-event communications.
Parking depends on the event location. Parking information will available on your city's homepage as well as in the pre-event information email which you will receive the week of the event.
All donations are tax deductible in the same calendar year your donation was processed to the extent allowed by law. Please work with your tax professional to determine what deductions you are eligible for. For your records, our tax ID number is 23-2734689.
Because you are receiving a yoga class and gift bag, your registration fee is not tax deductible but any donation you choose to make above the fee is.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
40 Monument Road, Suite 104
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Make sure to include your name or that of your team on the memo line so we can make sure to credit you and count the donation towards your overall fundraising total.
Please deposit any cash donations into your bank account and write a check or make a donation online, making sure to include the contact information for the original donor. This will help to ensure safe arrival of your donation and proper receipting to your generous donor. And of course, you can always turn in any cash donations the morning of the event at registration.
Please contact Liz Mairs, Manager, Fundraising Events firstname.lastname@example.org or (484) 434-8301. We work with great sponsors like White House | Black Market, Genentech and Independence Blue Cross that make Reach & Raise possible. We'd love to talk with you about making a partnership work!
Please contact Jamie Cohen, Fundraising Events Coordinator, at email@example.com or (610) 645-4569 and let us know the name of your company and what you would like to sell or promote. We love having yoga studios, healthy grocers, workout gear, breast cancer support groups and other like-minded healthy vendors, but other vendors are welcome, too. Prices range from $150-$500 depending upon the city, with lower prices for non-profits.