YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- This year, Support Connection will celebrate 20 years of providing free breast and ovarian cancer support services to women throughout the area. Since the organization was founded two decades ago, they have helped thousands of women and families cope with the challenges that result from a breast or ovarian cancer diagnosis.
The idea behind Support Connection came from Yorktown's Nancy Heller, a breast cancer survivor, and Richard Adamski, who lost his wife to breast cancer. Together they set out to create an organization to provide services and help that were lacking during their own experiences with the disease.
They gathered a group of dedicated, like-minded volunteers, and with help from founding Executive Director Katherine Quinn, they turned their dream into a reality.
When Support Connection first opened their doors in July of 1996, they began with just two breast and ovarian cancer support groups. Over the years, their services expanded to meet the growing and changing needs of those they serve. They now have a staff of professional peer counselors, cancer survivors themselves, who provide one-on-one education and support.
Their toll-free telephone services enables them to help people across the country. They offer 11 different support groups, two by national toll-free teleconference, as well as a year-round calendar of programs in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties.
The group will commemorate their 20th Anniversary with events and projects throughout the year.
The celebrations begin at their Annual Spring Benefit on Friday, April 15, at Sinapi’s Ceola Manor in Jefferson Valley. At this event, Support Connection’s Board of Directors will present Executive Director Katherine Quinn with a Spirit of Love Award. This award, being presented for the first time in 2016, is being given in recognition of her enduring and boundless devotion to Support Connection’s mission.
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