YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Support Connection, a Yorktown support group, will honor the woman who has spent decades making sure that women affected by breast and ovarian cancer – and their families and friends – have somewhere to turn in their hour of need.
Kathy Quinn, its executive director, will receive its “Spirit of Love” award in recognition of her 20-year mission at the organization’s spring benefit on April 15.
Quinn, who had a career in international banking before she went to work for a domestic violence shelter, says she has been involved in community service her entire life.
“I wanted to be in an environment where I could make a difference in people’s lives,” Quinn says.
Her road to Support Connection began when she attended the first Support-A-Walk for breast and ovarian cancer in 1995 to honor of a friend who had breast cancer.
When volunteers were sought to plan the next walk, Quinn stepped forward.
She was one of a group of 20 volunteers who brainstormed about the need for an organization to help women facing breast and ovarian cancer.
Quinn’s organizational skills kicked into high gear and soon she was collaborating with professionals, and organizing other volunteers.
Support Connection formally opened its doors in 1996, and Quinn said, got its first call for support “within an hour.”
The group credits Quinn’s guidance for helping it to grow. Today, it said, it has three full-time peer counselors, and a wide array of programs, enabling it to serve over 500 people every year.
Calling Support Connect “a gift to so many people,” Quinn said that support may be its mission, but it also stands for “the power of caring bringing people together to make life better.”
It’s about “creating the extraordinary by giving your all to the ordinary -- a smile, a hug, taking time to listen. It’s about love,” she said.
Support Connection can be reached by calling (914)-962-6402, or (800)-532-4290.
Support Connection is at 40 Triangle Center, Suite 100, Yorktown Heights.
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