Shay’s Warriors will use a $25,000 Coachella Valley Spotlight grant to help fund its signature event “I Am HOPE Survivors Reset Retreat.” The retreat introduces various healing techniques and a network of support for survivors to thrive in their life after cancer. The grant was presented by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation in partnership with News Channel 3.
“We know living life after cancer is tough,” said Shay Moraga, Founder and President of Shay’s Warriors. “Our organization aims to inspire, inform, empower and help heal people and their families through health, fitness and the mind-body connection.”
Moraga founded the nonprofit in 2018, when she was told by her doctors that there was “no evidence of disease.” While celebrating the good news of remission, she also felt a need for support to work through long-term mental, emotional and psychological changes where cancer had left its long-term mark. Moraga soon discovered she was not alone in facing struggles during survivorship, and she set her mind on doing something meaningful to help others carry on after cancer.
“Shay and her other ‘warriors’ are working to fill a need for people after they have won a battle with cancer,” said Catharine Reed, Vice President of Charitable Programs for the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation.
By partnering with medical and wellness industry professionals Shay’s Warriors will host its 2nd annual 4-day, 3-night retreat for survivors June 8-11, 2023. Because of the Coachella Valley Spotlight grant and other generous support, the nonprofit plans to offer 40 scholarships to cancer survivors and thrivers to attend the retreat. Nominations for attendance are now open at https://www.shayswarriors.org/i-am-hope. Additionally, throughout the year, Shay’s Warriors also organizes and hosts several educational and networking events – both in-person and virtually. Blogs, podcasts and a 24/7 online resource support group keep more than 5500 actively growing survivors and their families connected and caring for one another.
“Shay’s Warriors provides survivors with connections, resources and tools for healing as they navigate life after cancer,” said Jerry Upham, General Manager of Gulf California Broadcast Company, which owns and operates KESQ News Channel 3 and KPSP CBS Local 2.
Through the Coachella Valley Spotlight partnership with the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation and News Channel 3, Shay’s Warriors was featured on News Channel 3 programming, in public service announcements and on kesq.com throughout the month of November. For more information about receiving support from Shay’s Warriors or contributing, call 760-895-1705 or visit www.shayswarriors.org.