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Support Connection Chooses Walk Ambassadors

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-- Support Connection has chosen Jane and Jim Gentile as this year’s ambassadors for the Support-A-Walk.

The 17th annual Support-A-Walk will take place at FDR Park in Yorktown on Oct. 2. Each year, Support Connection chooses ambassadors who represent the spirit and purpose of the walk, which is to increase awareness of breast and ovarian cancer, and to help raise funds for Support Connection’s free, confidential services for those affected by these diseases.

“In the beginning, I found it a little hard to talk about my personal experiences. Then I began hearing from other people who were also dealing with breast cancer,” Jane Gentile said. “I realized I could help by speaking out and sharing how I made it through.”

She has been involved with the non-profit organization ever since she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002. She was introduced to the organization by her brother Ken Carpenter, who recommended the single mom of two daughters join. Gentile was connected to a peer counselor who provided her with support, encouragement and information, and participated in the support groups for women with breast cancer.

The same year of her diagnosis, Jane Gentile started participating in the walk with a group of family and friends called “The J-Walkers,” who have been at the walk every year and raised more than $3,000 in 2010. She is also an active volunteer, who helps out at various Support Connections during the year.

Married since 2004, the Gentile’s are happy for the opportunity to use their experiences to help others.

“I feel it’s important for people to have a face to attach to a cause. I am always telling people about the Support-A-Walk. I always say 'While of course we hope to find a cure, in the meantime, there are so many people living with breast and ovarian cancer who need support, and that’s what Support Connection is all about,'” Jane Gentile said.

Registration and donations are now being accepted for the Support-A-Walk. To learn more or to participate visit www.supportconnection.org or call 914-962-6402.

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