You Night:
Year-Round programs that foster a sisterhood of support


According to a new study, cancer survivors with good social support networks seem to live longer and to have a lower risk of their cancer returning.
​Women with few social connections had a 43 percent higher risk of breast cancer returning, compared to well-connected women, the researchers found.

ARTICLE:  Fox News

There are over 15 million cancer survivors in the United States. In Louisiana, it is estimated that this year alone – over 24,000 new cases will be diagnosed. In growing numbers, women in our communities are struggling with the aftermath of cancer . This includes everything from depression, lack of concentration and low energy, to psychological issues such as fear of recurrence or lack of self esteem due to the harsh physical changes from surgeries. Most physicians simply do not have enough time during routine office visits to deal with the psychosocial care that women require.

You Night’s mission is to create alternatives to traditional support groups by providing year-round empowering experiences for women who desire a sisterhood of support. You Night teaches cancer survivors how to overcome the physical and psychological challenges of cancer treatment through teamwork, coaching, and skills training. Our signature program is our "runway training program", where, for five months, participants work together to eventually show off their skills and teamwork in front of friends, family members and health care providers. Throughout their journey in the program, participants are taught many powerful skills that cultivate a positive attitude of support.

By asking survivors to step outside their comfort zones by becoming "runway super stars", they discover an inner strength and inner beauty that many of them did not know they had.. After the program is over, the ladies remain in the program as "alumnae" and continue in activities that support each other's on-going needs, while they use their newfound strength to pay it forward to new participants. To date, You Night has helped 208 survivors adapt to - and embrace - their life after cancer in St. Tammany and New Orleans. 

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Testimonial from a Guest

First and foremost, I wanted to say that You Night- St. Tammany was an absolute joy to attend. I'm almost certain by the end of the first walk, my throat was bleeding from the insane amount of screaming I did in such a short amount of time. This night brought back such raw emotion for me. In 2009, my mother was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer, a diagnosis that only occurs around 5% of the time. A few months later, she ended her fight with breast cancer, three days after my high school graduation. My mom could not yell or scream when my name was called while she sat on the side, but I remember locking eyes with her as I walked back to my seat and knowing that I needed to cherish that time with her. In December, I graduate from Southeastern with my Bachelors in Accounting, and I know she will once again be on the side, watching me walk across the stage. I just won't be able to lock eyes with her this time. Seeing the difference You Night has made in these women's lives has truly lit a spark in me that I can't seem to put out. All in all, what I am trying to say is, that I need to get involved with this organization somehow, someway. This is not an "I want," this is an "I need to." This organization changed the life of so many women in what took months, it changed mine in a matter of minutes as a spectator. With that being said, how can I help? If you only need assistance with stuffing envelopes, I will do it. Once again, thank you so much for what you have done for these ladies. I wish I would have known about You Night much sooner because I would have loved to get involved much quicker.

Testimonial from participant

I was skeptical. I thought, "How is dressing up in fancy clothes, and practicing walking and making silly videos going to help ME?" I was so miserable that I couldn't see a possible way to feel better. I hated myself and everyone around me. A member of You Night called me one day and asked me to just show up and trust her. The last thing I wanted to do was be around a bunch of people I didn't know. It took me several meetings and practices to start to trust. A few people attempted to break down my ice queen wall and for that I am thankful. Little by little I could feel myself forming bonds with the other ladies. These are friends I would have never met if I wouldn't have had cancer. These ladies helped me see the positive of our situations. I will forever more have a lasting bond with them. Lately, I have been told by several friends and co-workers that they can see a change in me. They can see a sparkle that hasn't been there in a while. I have to attribute that to my You Night sisters. I was wrong about not needing this organization. I needed to be around people that just "got it." Watching everyone be sassy and confident has done wonders for my aching soul. So thank you, You Night, for calling me just one more time. I needed this more than I knew.  

Angela Palmisano, Hodgkins Lymphoma St Tammany Class of 2017

How donations are used

100 percent of donations go directly toward year-round programs benefiting survivors who live in the St. Tammany Parish and New Orleans. All donations stay local, and because of the unique five month curriculum that we offer, sponsors get to see the outcome of their donations immediately. You Night currently is able to gift the You Night experience to 50 ladies from New Orleand and St. Tammany each year. The cost per participant is $5,000 for the five months that they are in training with us. Included in the $5,000 is our proprietary empowerment runway training, professional video and photo shoots, empowerment training and life coaching. Models leave the program with a new sense of passion and purpose, which then transcends to their communities, families and health facilities. Sponsors are given a choice to donate to either our "We Lift You Up" fund (a 501c3 fund) or to You NIght Events, LLC. In either case, donations go directly to the program. We offer both options because some of our sponsors require donations to go to a 501c3 fund (such as foundations and grants); others prefer to get marketing benefits and tickets, and want to write 100 percent of the donation off as a marketing expense. Our fundraising goal per class is $125,000. In return, our sponsors receive a comprehensive list of marketing opportunities and VIP tickets to our Runway Show and Celebration (the graduation ceremony for the class).

When you empower one, you impact many.

The healthcare community deeply cares about their patients.  This video shows the level of involvement from the various doctors who care about the psychosocial needs of cancer patients.
If you would like to sign up for the You Night Empowering Experience Program, please click here to put your name on a wait list.  Participants are usually notified approximately 7 months prior to the next runway event.Runway events are held twice a year: October in St. Tammany and March in New Orleans. To date, The program involves opportunities that at first seem out of the norm, but when lived out are quite empowering and inspiring. When we genuinely feel good inside about who we are and learn to better communicate this we touch those we love in a powerful way. We become a greater force in the world for good.  Our program is made possible from Legacy Partner support, as well as from ticket purchases for our main event.

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