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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Breast Cancer, Cancer, Counseling, Human Services, Mental Health

Mission: Support Connection''s primary mission is to provide emotional, social and educational support services to women, their families and friends affected by breast and ovarian cancer. The support provided enables women to help each other and empowers them to become their own healthcare advocates.

Target demographics: Women living with breast and ovarian cancer, as well as their families and friends.

Programs: Women with breast and ovarian cancer, or anyone needing information about these diseases, can come to our office or call us 5 days a week, 9 am - 5 pm NY time, and speak directly with a trained Peer Counselor, a cancer survivor who has traveled the journey already. Calls received after hours are returned the next business day. We have a toll-free number (800-532-4290) for information and support, making this service readily available to anyone nationwide.

Peer Counselors offer information about breast and ovarian cancer, ongoing emotional support, community resources and referrals, connections to other women with similar situations. There are no limits on our peer counseling services. This individualized, free support is available as often as you need it, for as long as you need it, regardless of where you are on your journey through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

This survivor-to-survivor approach is central to our philosophy; it sets us apart and makes our services both effective and powerful. As one of our Peer Counselors said: “We have walked the walk. We have heard the words 'you have cancer,' felt the fear and anxiety, tried to find some sanity in it all and gone through the tests, the surgeries and the treatments. Just like the women who call, we have held the pieces of a cancer diagnosis together and continued raising our kids, working and maintaining households. We ourselves are women whose lives could not stop for cancer.”

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Support Connection has been very helpful and supportive to me during my breast cancer. Marlene is a wonderful and caring counselor. Thank you so much, and God bless all of you.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted Support Connection because of getting beat cancer. It is very scary and talking to someone that knew what i was facing, made some of the fears and uncertainties less or should I say easier to deal with. This is a club I never expected to be a member of but Support Connection made this train ride a little smoother.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a metastatic stage 4 breast cancer fighter. I am blessed to live close to Support Connections office. Which has come in handy when I have felt as though I am loosing control. I have dropped in and always found a 'friend' to listen and help me process my latest crisis. Robin and Marlene are lifesavers! This is above all of the wonderful helpful programs that are offered to cancer fighters. I attend a support group once a month for others like me. There is yoga once a week, knitting, book clubs, nutrition seminars. Many more programs that I have not taken advantage of...but seems to be something for everyone. And then there are the social events where we celebrate our fight. Truly community and love. I'm very blessed to have Support Connection.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a direct recipient of Support Connections services for almost 2 years.
I can tell you.....I wouldnt have made it this far without this organization.
During or after the physical treatment process, there is still the mental and emotional anguish of this horrible disease. This is where the peer counselors come in. The whole organization is supportive to the individual and their families.
Besides the comfort of an understanding team.....they also provide services to us.
Group therapy, activities, events, functions....and of course, "The Walk"....
I would highly recommend this organization to those in need, as well as, those who want to donate, either as a volunteer or monetarily.
They haven't forgotten about us......please don't forget about them when its time to give back.
Laura Oakley, A stage 4, breast cancer survivor....

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have stage 4 breast cancer. Support connection gave me back my life. Their
compassion and counseling allows me to have hope and face each day. May
They continue their mission to help all in need of their services.
Sandra Bottali

1 Kathleen Michel

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so happy to write a review for Support Connection after 3 years I still have a bond with Support Connection they helped me get through the most difficult time in my life not once but twice first for myself then 2 years later with my daughter we both had Bi Lateral Mastectomy and it was such a pleasure to pick up the phone and talk to a counselor who understood what we where going through and talked with great compassion and understanding .

Previous Stories
1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Not once but twice I had to call Support Connection in 2013 I was diagnosed with breast cancer my daughter gave me the phone number and the day before a BiLateral Mastectomy I called best phone call I ever made Marlene put my mind at ease and I was able to face the surgery the next day with comfort because she told me what I was going to go through and followed me through 7 months of surgeries and Chemo .
In March 2015 my daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer and again I picked up the phone and called my friend yes I consider her my friend and again she helped me through a very difficult time thank you my friend . I help pass the word about Support Connection because they help more then you know as far as I am concerned they are all great doing good work .

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1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been associated with Support Connection since my cancer diagnosis and throughout continual treatment over the last 4 years . First, their peer counselor program is outstanding. They're always available to console in the most difficult of times as well as celebrate when upbeat news comes my way. They understand what I'm going through more than anyone else in my life - no matter how supportive my friends and family are.

I've taken advantage of their wonderful programs from yoga, meditation, nutritional counseling, in person and national teleconference support groups to numerous informational webinars related to my disease, treatments and side effects. And all are at no cost to me.

I'm incredibly thankful for everything they've done for me and don't hesitate to recommend them to any woman facing breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. They far exceed my expectations.

1 Dawn158

Client Served

Rating: 5

The people from Support Connection are wonderful. When I was in the hospital Marlene came to see me, more then once, and brought me a care package. She also visited me in the rehab. When I got home she called and checked on me and also sent me emails. When I needed her assistance she always available if when she was really busy. She genuinely cares about the people that she comes in contact with thru support connections.

1 Mary467

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have advanced breast cancer. Support Connection has been a place of solace and support for me for three years.

2 Cissi

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow, Wow, Wow...
Is in my heart when I think of Support Connection. I was diagnosed in March of 2013 with Ovarian Cancer Stage 3C.
I felt lost and very alone and was not sure what I was supposed to do besides having treatment and my life suddenly filled with all sorts of doctor appointments.
Then cursing the Net I came across Support Connection. Great day for me I called and they welcomed me with pen arms and understand I live South Carolina and Support Connection is in New York, that did not matter as Robin explained that they offer support all over. I was so thrilled to have them talk With. Scared and not knowing where to turn for support. All the counselors and staff are very friendly and supportive. Even if you call in crazy tears because having cancer can be frightening and confusing. This organization should be lifted high for all the programs they offer and free of charge. I am long distance but I look forward to the second Wednesday of each month for our live phone conversation and you get to talk to other women and we share experiences. No one is ever negative so much positive energy flows through the group. We are also allowed to participate when live guest speakers attend our regular session or special dates which include question and answer sessions. I applaud Support Connection for all they do for the community of women with Breast and Ovarian Cancer. They make us feel very special. Thank you for the opportunity for me to toot the horn in favor of Support Connection.