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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My Name is Crystal Schwer, I am the Founding Director of The Kathleen F Marks Memorial Foundation, we are a local non-profit serving cancer patients in financial need as well as funding cancer research in areas most in need of the funds. We have been established 2 years and The WONDERFUL women at support connection have been kind enough to assist me with many questions I had, guiding me to make our foundation successful, I have attended quite a few Support Connection fundraisers, and they have attended a few of ours as well, they are an extremely helpful, knowledgeable and caring group that i am happy to continue to support and look forward to working with soon!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am thrilled to write a review for Support Connection! I have worked with this wonderful organization since 2001 and that relationship has been life changing for me and many others. Just this year my dear friend Deb was diagnosed with breast cancer and is undergoing treatment. As they always are, Support Connection was there for her to listen, share and give great education so she could make the decisions that were best for her. My friend, Maria Rubino was the program director at Support Connection for many years before she died in 2009 from stage 4 breast cancer. I think Maria's legacy is the personal touch that each of the counselors provides to every woman who calls and to their families as well. I was given the first Spirit of Caring Award set up in Maria's name but the real spirit of caring is embodied in every volunteer and paid employee of this great organization. In my own quest to help, I'll be donating proceeds from my latest book to Support Connection, hoping to spread the word to more people about the great work they do. I talk about the fundraiser on the book's web page of http://www.harriettakesthewheel.com. The book is a fable for working women about choices and empowerment - a perfect fit with one of the most empowering organizations I know. I truly believe I have been privileged to have worked with so many wonderful people and been a small part of the caring and much-needed work they do.