YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Support Connection -- a nonprofit that provides support services to women diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer -- recently announced the Walk Ambassadors for its 2016 Annual Support-A-Walk.
Ambassadors are cancer survivors representing the spirit and purpose of the walk, which brings attention to the needs of people affected by breast and ovarian cancer and raises funds for Support Connection's free services.
Jane Crossley, of Putnam Valley, learned she had ovarian cancer in February 2012 after months of confusing symptoms. Her wife was by her side throughout, but it was challenging.
So they reached out to their neighbor, a Support Connection counselor. "What she shared was so uplifting and courageous," Crossley said. "She helped us understand the fear of it all and gave us such hope."
Another counselor also provided help. "She listened to all of my rantings and ravings," Crossley added. "She understood because she'd gone through it too. It was so helpful."
Crossley attended her first Support-A-Walk that same year. "I'm so glad I went. I felt so connected and normal, being with so many people who'd been through what I'd been through. I felt empowered, at peace."
And Jane understands the importance of being a Walk Ambassador: "I greatly respect and admire what Support Connection does and has done for me. They provide constant, invaluable support, all for free. They need our support to continue this."
Dottie McHugh, of Purdys, learned she had breast cancer in January 2005. She had two young children. Her husband and whole family were there for her, but it was overwhelming, so she decided to reach out to Support Connection.
She joined the Young Women's Support Group, and it became a lifeline. "I could share my experiences and emotions with other women who'd been there," McHugh said. "I felt empowered and privileged to hear their stories."
McHugh has attended every walk since 2005. Her team, "Ann's Avengers," is named in honor of her mother-in-law, who died of breast cancer six months before McHugh's diagnosis.
"Giving to the walk is a wonderful gift to all the woman and families struggling with breast or ovarian cancer who benefit from the invaluable services Support Connection provides."
This year's Support-A-Walk will be on Sunday, Oct. 2. For more information, click here.
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