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Yorktown Charity Head Leads Support Mission

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- As founding Executive Director of Support Connection , Katherine Quinn understands that for most patients, coping with a cancer diagnosis requires more than just medical treatment—it also calls for the kind of emotional support that can’t be found in a doctor’s office. This personal aid, set forth by the Yorktown-based charity, is to accomplish that with peer counseling, support groups, and even exercise classes geared specifically toward the wellness of those battling breast or ovarian cancer.

“The beauty of what we do here is that we’ve fundamentally never changed our mission—we want people to know they aren’t alone [in their diagnosis],” she said.

She started her work with Support Connection when it opened its doors for the first time in 1996, and she says the organization has only grown since then. According to Quinn, that should come as no surprise seeing as how countless families are affected by the illness in some way each year either as a spouse, child or patient themselves. Just think: before the charity began, none of those folks had anywhere to turn for extra help.

“It’s a unique model that didn’t exist in this area before [us],” added Quinn.

Fifteen years later, her team has collaborated with local businesses and other organizations to make that tough time a bit easier. For instance, thanks to a partnership with Club Fit in Jefferson Valley, Support Connection members are invited to attend Yoga: A Path on Wellness and H20 Water Walking, designed to increase joint flexibility with water resistance each week.

Organizers have also added one-on-one peer counseling sessions for those who may need to chat but want advice a bit more privately.

“Whether you need a day, a week or a year from us, we offer a human connection and nothing can replace that,” added Quinn.

Join the organization's Support-A-Walk on Sunday, October 2 at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown Heights at 9 a.m. or click here to make a donation.

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