Our Mission:  We help women embrace life beyond cancer.

It is estimated that there are 15.5 million cancer survivors in the United States. This represents 4.8% of the population. The number of cancer survivors is projected to increase by 31%, to 20.3 million, by 2026, which represents an increase of more than 4 million survivors in 10 years.

As treacherous as cancer treatment is, resuming the routines of work and family life after completing treatment can be equally difficult. The physical and psychological effects of cancer and its treatment have been recognized for many years, but it is only recently that “survivorship” is coming to be recognized as a distinct phase of the cancer treatment trajectory.

WHY OUR MISSION IS IMPORTANT

Survivors of cancer, although free of the cancer for which they were treated, find that they aren’t free from the impact of cancer that can last long after the diagnosis and treatment.

Individuals may reappraise their lives following a diagnosis of cancer and search for a sense of control and meaning. Left on their own, many cancer survivors will never do this difficult work. But being part of a life-affirming sisterhood can show survivors the way to regaining the social, emotional and mental confidence they need so desperately. Survivors who participate in the ScART community and other You Night Events become role models, ambassadors, advocates, and better patients — who not only survive, but thrive — and help others to do so also.

Social Support tied to better health outcomes.

According to studies, 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.

THE ORIGINS OF ScART:  THE GOLD LEAF LOOKED LIKE SCARS

The ScART (Scar-Art) Program was created by Lisa McKenzie, founder of You Night Empowering Events — an organization based out of Louisiana whose mission is to help women embrace life beyond cancer.

“I was leaving my office and noticed some artwork hanging in the hallway, said McKenzie. “The art was an abstract background with gold leaf, raised stripes.. I immediately thought that the gold lines looked like surgery scars.”

Using the guidance of social workers, oncologists, psychotherapists and art therapists, McKenzie developed the program that is now known as “ScART”, which has been designed to bring survivors together in communities across the country.

“The participants in our programs have incredible stories that are both inspirational and informative,” said McKenzie. “ScART creates a national platform to bring survivorship issues to the foreground, making it easier for survivors to share their stories.

The program is available nationwide, instructed by artists who are authorized ScART instructors.  For more information on becoming an authorized ScART location, contact:  877-591-5936 x1