GENERAL

“There is no way to say ‘thank you’ that covers how we feel about SOUL RYEDERS. From the moment of my sister’s diagnosis until her passing, you were there for us. From helping to navigate the choice of a doctor to helping her choose a wig to her blanket—which she used until the end—you were an important part of our lives. I look forward to helping in any way possible to continue your special work. Thanks for everything…”

GRANT PROGRAM

From SUPPORT CONNECTION: “Wow! This is such fantastic news!! We could not possibly be more grateful to SOUL RYEDERS, not only for this incredible financial gift, but also for the continued faith you have in our mission and our work. This funding will most definitely have a huge positive impact on many lives. We thank you sincerely for your continued support. Again… thank you so much for your generosity and support. We are filled with gratitude.”

GRANT PROGRAM

“Thank you for the wonderful gift that you and SOUL RYEDERS have been to our organization. You are amazing to me—you give so much and help so many people. We have been able to touch so many lives because of the kindness and generosity of SOUL RYEDERS. I wish I had the words that could capture our gratitude. Besides helping us, we love the many programs you have put into place within the community. Thanks again for everything.”

GRANT PROGRAM

“That is truly great news and we thank you so very much for your support. This additional grant will help us reach a greater number of lower Westchester County residents who are in dire need of this financial support. On behalf of those future recipients, please accept our deepest gratitude. It feels great to know these special resources are going to local folks in greatest need.”

GRANT PROGRAM

From a Grant Committee Member: “It was great to hear all the details on what SOUL RYEDERS is doing. You have so many wonderful things going on. Glad you are spreading the grants out and helping so many small organizations who are appreciative of your assistance in our area. SOUL RYEDERS is such an amazing resource for everyone in our community and beyond.”

GIVING CIRCLE

“As a founding member of the Giving Circle, my husband and I have been proud of our contribution to the financial sustainability of SOUL RYEDERS. Through my recent cancer diagnosis their programs and survivor volunteer network have been incredibly helpful. I now fully understand the impact of their personal attention to each client and how the numerous connections they provide create a much larger circle of support and hope.”

– Kim Veber, Giving Circle member

GIVING CIRCLE

“I am lucky to be able to support an organization like SOUL RYEDERS. To have an organization in our own community that helps so many individuals is amazing. I have referred clients to SOUL RYEDERS and they have been welcomed with kind, loving, support. Cancer knows no boundaries, economics, race, or age. As a contributing member of the giving circle, I am able to help SOUL RYEDERS continue and expand their mission. It is gratifying to be able to see first-hand where and how my donation is being used.”

– Maureen Angelastro, Giving Circle member

Mondays with SOUL RYEDERS

“Thank you for supporting my family throughout much of this horrible process. You made the wig process so much brighter and easier and introduced my mom to Mondays here and on Long Island. Those days of pampering brought brightness to gloomy weeks. I am so proud to be a small part of such an incredible organization. Thank you again for everything!”

Mondays with SOUL RYEDERS

“You are not only the SOUL RYEDERS but the Soul Lifters. You lifted our spirits and treated us with so much love and kindness and made us look beautiful. What a treat ! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your kindness and compassion are unmatched.”

Mondays with SOUL RYEDERS

“A note of deep thanks to all. The reflexology was awesome, the make up made me feel normal again and the nails finished me up! You guys were my first public event addressing the cancer. I will never forget…”

Mondays with SOUL RYEDERS

“I was impressed once again with all of the positive energy that seems to be the hallmark of SOUL RYEDERS. Maybe one of these days after I have recovered I can pay it forward and give back.”

Mondays with SOUL RYEDERS

“I just wanted to send you a note to thank you for the lovely day yesterday. Everyone was so wonderful, inviting and open about sharing their stories and/or experiences. I haven’t had too many “fun” days over the last month but I can count this as one of them, and it felt good to get pampered! Even though I am a bit far, I would love to keep in touch with Soul Ryeders and hopefully I can give back one day too.”

Mondays with SOUL RYEDERS

“I’m finally sending you a “Thank You” for yesterday. It really was a special morning. What you’ve accomplished is truly amazing. I’ve worked for non-profits and volunteered for many, but your energy and commitment as well as that of your team is unlike anything I’ve seen. Obviously we’d all prefer not to need your services, but having Soul Ryeders here makes what we’re going through a bit easier and of course there’s the support knowing none of us have to go through it alone.”

SOUL Cares

From a SOUL Cares Recipient: “Your offer for soup sounds amazing and humbling. I am usually the one doing charity work, so I have to admit that it’s hard for me to accept this kindness. I am still telling friends about how moved I was when you handed me a bag of goodies when I was at the beauty event. My instinct was to say “no thank you,” but I saw how much love went into the blanket and other gifts. I was so happy to accept the gesture of friendship. For this reason, I would love to accept the soup. It’s really one of the only things I enjoy eating these days. Thank you again for being so kind. I look forward to one day giving back to this great organization.”

SOUL Cares

From a SOUL Cares Volunteer: “So nice to hear what SOUL RYEDERS means to our new survivor friend – so glad we can be that positive thread for her now. I really enjoy our Stitch & Sip evenings together! I always come home with a smile on my face and one in my heart! I love being part of such a special and meaningful group.”

SOUL Fit

“Eight years of Avon Walks, and this was by FAR the most special for me. I am so happy to have spent time with so many more of our teammates, and am so inspired to become more involved with SOUL RYEDERS when I can. Thank you for an unforgettable weekend.”

SOUL Fit

“My first walk weekend, as inspirational as it is, without this team would have most likely been a “one and done”. Because of this, I’m going on my third year!”

SOUL Fit

“I hadn’t really found my place in the community until I joined this team. I feel like our Avon Walk team is a family.”

SOUL Fit

Kids Tri Team – the reply from a child when asked what the team is about: “We are going to ride, bike and swim to help the souls of people with cancer.”

SOUL Fit

Kids Tri Team – from one of the trainers: “The kids today were an absolute pleasure! When I introduced myself and put out my hand, they all shook it properly and introduced themselves too. They were enthusiastic, fun, and worked so well in the teams they were randomly assigned – the older ones being such good sports at being put in charge of younger ones. Then after 45 minutes of running around, with their endorphins pumping, they immediately embraced the pediatric cancer survivor and listened intently to what he said. I thought that was so impressive. Then, with food in front of them and at the end of a long day, they were so quiet and respectful to their teammate who sang. I have only positive things to say about all those great kids!”

SOUL Fit

“Thank you to all my “Soul Sisters” This has been a very emotional year and a half for me. You guys definitely ease the pain. I am so blessed to know each and every one of you! Thank you all for everything you do in participating with this fantastic organization. I would be lost without you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

SOUL Fit

“What a wonderful event and a reminder of how fortunate we are if we are healthy and loved. Great to reconnect with old friends and to make new friends! Thanks for letting me be part of such a special team.”

SOUL STRONG

“I wanted to share with you that Yoga for Cancer is beyond wonderful! What avery special class! Sure you have heard how supportive and loving it is, but in addition….it is really a super yoga hour workout!!! Each participant,, from basic all the way to advanced yogis, is supported. I can’t wait to get back once I get my clearance from my recent surgery. One of my favorite hours of the week.”

SOUL STRONG

“Your inspirational words and upbeat personality carry me through the week. So happy to come to Yoga for Cancer and have you in my life!”

SOUL STRONG

“Deep thanks for your dedication and consistency in teaching us how to practice yoga. Your approach is educational, healing, positive, and enjoyable. We can’t help but experience deep restoration after the class. Cancer has torn us apart and broken our spirits but thanks to you and the Yoga for Cancer class, we have hope to get back to who we used to be but better!”

SOUL STRONG

“Thank you for another great night of yoga! The feeling my body has through yoga and then socializing with everyone afterwards is just such a positive experience for me and keeps me coming back for more! Everyone is so warm and welcoming. SOUL RYEDERS has really made such a POSITIVE impact throughout my whole journey!”

Strand Together

“So glad that my daughter was able to help such a fantastic cause! Her family and friends are so proud of her for this selfless act. We hope that this is the first of many acts like this. It was our pleasure to help such a fantastic organization like yours! We hope we can help out again in the future!”

Strand Together

“I have to say it was an emotional experience cutting off all that hair. I guess because I was thinking of all the women who have no choice when they have to cut off all their hair. I am excited knowing my hair is going to help someone feel good about themselves.”

THE WIG EXCHANGE

General:
“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking care of my mom so quickly during a real crisis. You completely changed her outlook and gave her a sense of strength, hope and comfort that she just didn’t have before. She’s struggling so much with her self esteem and self image through this entire process. As I’m sure many of you understand, she feels so disfigured from the double mastectomy, but losing her hair has been even more traumatic. You found an amazing wig for her and immediately took her out of her complete crisis. I don’t know how to thank you. I’m happy to help pay it forward and volunteer my time to help other women and families. The work you’re doing is so very important, and I just want you to know how much you helped us. Not only mom, but all of us. We feel so helpless at times, and you have been a lifeline. Thank you so so so much.”

THE WIG EXCHANGE

From Wig Recipients:
“I just wanted to send a thank you to Soul Ryeders for getting me through choosing a wig, getting buzzed, and for the wonderful delivery of soup that was the perfect thing for me to have after my first chemo. Every step of the way, I’ve been treated so beautifully, and for that I am so very grateful- and I look forward to when I can volunteer and do the same for other women.”

THE WIG EXCHANGE

From Wig Recipients:
“Wonderful program. My Client Coordinator for the wig was absolutely wonderful. She made me feel at ease during this difficult process. Thank you so much for the use of this wig. It made a difficult time so much easier. With all my appreciation.”

THE WIG EXCHANGE

From Wig Recipients:
“Your smile, kindness and positivity today makes me want to live.”

THE WIG EXCHANGE

From Wig Donor:
“I am honestly beyond thrilled that the wig will be of use and meaning for a woman who needs it. We need more simple, thoughtful, and profound efforts like this in our society and it has been heartening to learn about all of the work you do. Please keep at it and know it means a lot to all involved.”

Wigs Without Borders

“I am very thankful for your generous expression of love and care by donating wigs to the women in Rwanda! These few shots (photographs she included with her response) do not do service to express the joy your gesture created for the women who received your gifts. The expression before and after required a movie producer who could have created a powerful documentary… Looking and feeling good is an indescribable experience for someone recovering from or undergoing chemo…”