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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

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Even as a physician myself, I have never encountered a group as compassionate and supportive as Support Connection. In my hours of greatest need during my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, they were there for me when no one else was, even though the medical facilities I attended all had social workers and support groups. The level of commitment and availability of the women working at Support Connection was amazing. When I was unable to leave my home, they offered me solid advice and emotional support over the phone. They understand the whole picture of the needs of women with female cancers. I am so grateful for their existence. Kindness, compassion, empathy, openness, knowledge- they have it all.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Support Connection stands out as a leader in the field of breast and ovarian cancer support services. For nearly 25 years, the organization has offered support, help and valuable guidance to people dealing with these diseases. Compassionate, empathetic and knowledgeable guidance is provided by the counselors who have had cancer. The organization looks to partner with experts who can provide valuable resources to Support Connection's clients. Support Connection serves as a great role model for other nonprofit organizations.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without the help and understanding of Support Connections, I don't think I could have made it through my cancer fight. Once a week we had our group meeting. Which helped each of the women share what they were going through. There was also some laughter.
Thank you Ladies for all you have done for me. Love Support Connections.

Kathleen Michel

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed 6 years ago with breast cancer and I was given Support Connection number from my daughter and the day before going in for a Bilateral Mastectomy I made the call to talk to someone " BEST " call I ever made I talked with Marlene for one hour she never rushed me off the phone she made me fell at ease and when I went into surgery the next day I was scared but I felt comfortable and knew what to expect .
To this day I still keep in touch with SP and Marlene they are all the best of the best very compassionate group of ladies love them !!

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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 .

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Donor

Rating: 5

Support Connection has been part of my family’s lives since my mom passed away about 20 years ago. We’ve participated in their walk almost every year since. They have become an integral part of my daughter’s life. She volunteers for Support Connection in addition to earning her Girl Scout Gold Award with their assistance. They’re always willing to help the community and we are so lucky to have them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer they not only were able to direct us but also supported me as her caregiver.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Support Connection while undergoing treatment for breast cancer In 2010. The peer counselor I spoke with stayed on the phone with me while I sat sobbing on my floor, unable to move. I realized that I was not alone, and that I could get through this. I was encouraged to attend a support group, which I did monthly for over 2 years, and which helped me put the pieces of myself back together again. I will be forever grateful to Support Connection for providing such love, support and the tools to heal from such a devastating disease.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a 13yr breast cancer survivor. I have been involved with Support Connection for many years, even before I was diagnosed. I have used many of their free services-Support groups, peer counselors, yoga classes & Club Fit. Support Connection has be a life saver & very strong support to me & my family. I am now retired & spend a lot of my time giving back to Support Connection & others by volunteering for them, whenever they need me.
I am also a strong supporter & fundraiser for different events throughout the year. Mainly the Annual FDR Park WALK. PLEASE join us by supporting a wonderful organization that is here for us in everyway needed.
MFH

britgirlny

Client Served

Rating: 5

Support Connection was there for me when I was diagnosed with breast cancer 16 years ago. One of the first calls I made was to this wonderful organization. I joined a support group they offered where I could share with others my experience - others who were taking the same journey as me. Without the support group I don’t think I would’ve done nearly as well as I did. I can’t say enough about how wonderful this organization is. They care and their care shows.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Support Connection was one of the first calls I made when I was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2002. It was a very smart call to make. I joined one of their newly diagnosed groups and I can honestly say that it was what really helped me get through my experience. Support Connection was there for me every step of the way. I will never be able to thank them enough for all the support they gave me.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My first introduction to SUPPORT CONNECTION INC. was 5+ years ago. Initially, I was looking for a support group to help a friend who had just received a diagnosis of breast cancer. Support Connection responded immediately, contacting my friend and offering help and emotional support. It was needed information, and very helpful to her at this very low time.

Subsequently, they continued to respond to her questions ... what's normal, what to expect, etc. but more than that, being there at every low moment to speak with her and offer hope. As anyone who has gone through breast cancer knows, emotional support, clarification of medical terminology, and just being a voice to reach out to in this dark hole is invaluable.

My friend eventually succumbed to breast cancer. I am eternally grateful to the support this group gave to her. They are knowledgeable, understanding and a voice in the darkness of this devastating disease.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been walking for 15 years. My mother and cousin battled with ovarian cancer.
We always felt welcomed and no matter rain or shine we walk. My cousin Maria was very involved with support connection and we knew if she endorsed a group they were a quality organization!! Thank you for your SUPPORT !!! God bless all who participate!!!!IMG_2913.jpeg

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful and dedicated staff that make you feel comforted in what is the most difficult and challenging time in ones life. I can’t say enough good things about Support Connection they are simply the best local resource ever!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing staff of people. 5 1/2
N 4 1/2 years ago had very early stage DCIS Breast Cancer in milk ducts only picked up by mammography. No lumps. 8 mos apart between breasts non invasive but radiation with both. Needless to say original diagnosis overwhelming enough since I just turned 70 but to be told 2 nd time was devastating n having to repeat entire journey from biopsy to lumpectomy to radiation. If it wasn’t for Support Connection n their team of angels could never have made it thru alone. The phone sessions the compassion empathy was outstanding along with understanding n relating to all my fears and anxieties they having all been through same themselves. Just can’t say enough thanks to them n praise all the time effort and work this organization does
Forever grateful always. Cecile Wall

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for a number of years now and am truly in awe of the dedication and enthusiasm I see both from the staff and other volunteers. They are fiscally prudent and emotionally generous. It is also very heart-warming to witness the wonderful community support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

So helpful and caring. From right after diagnosis, through treatment and beyond they were always available. Andrea has listened to me for hours and even if we do not speak for a while she remembers me and my situation.

Pat B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My journey is nine years old now. In the beginning I was numb and didn't know what to do; it all happened so fast. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, hospitalized, had surgery and was on chemotherapy all within a week. I was distraught , confused, angry, desperate for information and afraid of becoming bitter. The hospital Social Worker connected me with Support Connections.
I was immediately very impressed with the scope of their services and both the skill and compassion of their staff. They answered my questions, referred me to websites and connected me to their telephone support groups. They guided me through the maze of emotions that comes with a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Over the years my needs have changed and Support Connections has adapted to that and been there with and for me. Their work is exemplary and I only wish that my yearly donation could be larger. Thank you SC!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was 48 years old(5 years ago) I was diagnosed with Stage IV Ovarian Cancer. There was no history of cancer in my family? How am I going to show my 2 children, Jake and Maggie, ages 13 and 15 that mom is going to be just fine?! I have been walking for Support Connection for about 17 years now just because. Now it was going to be my turn to talk to one of the counselors at Support Connection. I decided to just walk in and Andrea, one of the counselors, (All the counselors have had either Ovarian or Breast Cancer themselves.) sat down with me for three hours and just listened and answered my questions. She made me feel like I was not alone and that only a Higher Being can determine your destiny. She also helped me to help my children. My son, Jake, decided to go to see Andrea and he also talked about his concerns. He came home from that visit with a smile on his face. Four years later he was asked to speak in a Support Connection video and his portion was about how the counselors can help teenagers just like they helped him. This is a non profit organization and they just get monies from ordinary people. We have been doing the Walk now for 17 years and have donated funds for the Support Connection. This group is amazing because they help the entire family. I am in remission now and I have two very happy and healthy children, 18 and 20. Thank you Support Connection. Susan McCarthy

Client Served

Rating: 5

Personal, warm, targeted, confidential support right when I most needed it, after my breast cancer diagnosis ... my emotional and financial needs were at their peak then, and their FREE services gave me enormous relief from those pressures. In following years, their various programs supported my changing needs ... Invaluable. Best staff, who understand where you are coming from because they are survivors also. Every penny donated and well spent. Couldn't have gotten through this challenge without their support!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My story is a long one so I will just say this, support & understanding of what a cancer survivor is experiencing can only be fully understood by another survivor. Thank God for Support Connection & the work these volunteers do to help those of us who feel hopeless. It truly helps to know others are sharing your feelings.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at Fantastic Finds and you would never find another group more dedicated to a charity. They help so many people and all for free

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became involved with Support Connection over 10 years ago at the behest of a friend who was serving on its Board of Directors. Support Connection provides Support Services, free of charge, to women with Breast, Ovarian and other Gynelogical Cancers and their families. It survives solely on money raised through fundraising events, grants and private donations, receiving no funding from larger cancer not-for-profit organizations. It has a small staff of incredibly dedicated and hardworking woman whose passion and compassion for the cause far outweigh any compensation they receive and an amazing group of volunteers who help Support Connection, day after day, carry out its mission. Over its 20+ year history it has helped countless women and their families and I hope it will continue for many years to come. Any recognition it might receive would ccertainly help in that regard and would be most deserved!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a member of the Board of Directors of Support Connection and can honestly say I have never seen a more passionate, compassionate, dedicated group of counselors, staff and volunteers! What they are able to accomplish, the difference they are able to make in the lives of so many women,
living with breast and ovarian cancer, and their families is incredible!

Maria Fusco B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Support Connection is a wonderful resource to women diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancers as well as their families. The staff is wonderful, kind, supportive, informative and nurturing. While I look forward to the day that there is a cure for cancer, I am happy that we have Support Connection to turn to in the meantime.

Gary W.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Until you witness the services, counselors, and events first hand you cannot appreciate Support Connection fully. They are all amazing!! The Support and comfort they provide women diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer, as well as their families and friends, is heart felt, knowledgeable, and irreplaceable. All of the funding for these services is self sourced, and the scope of all of those they help is very wide.
Absolutely one of the most amazing organizations I know, and without a doubt the most amazing people I know.

Randi6

Donor

Rating: 5

Fabulous organization with a very caring staff and exceptional leadership!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Support Connection is a phenomenal organization that helps those with breast and ovarian cancer by providing free counseling. There CEO is amazing & their administrative costs are extremely low!

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been to Support Conenction's annual walk for over ten years. The event is always so fun and run by such amazing and nice people. I have even recommended Support Connection to family and friends. Wonderful group of people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is people helping people, women helping women. In a critical time in my life, the counselors provided exactly the kind of support I needed. I also know that money contributed goes directly to the essence of the support, with very reasonable admin fees. The counselors are empathetic, insightful, consistent. They share information without undue influence. To me, the counselors provide emotional support that was not offered by any other source. I have been paying it forward ever since.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with Support Connection many times in the past to help them with different fundraising events as a volunteer. Not only is their work undeniably impactful, the women from Support Connection are some of the most compassionate people I've ever worked with from a non-profit. They are an organization I am proud to support and will continue to support.

Chereese J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A very close friend of mine found out some rough news; she spent over an hour on the phone with Andrea today, and hung up feeling strong, knowledgeable and empowered. Thank you Support Connection for all you do, we are so lucky to have such a wonderful organization in our County!

Tinuke C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A diagnosis of breast cancer is terrifying. I felt I could not breath or function. Every daiy I went through the motions of pretending to exist. The horrors of treatment, chemotherapy, multiple surgeries, infections, being permanently disfigured. No one understood and then I called Support Connection. I remember my first call, all I said was I have breast cancer and burst into tears. A warm compassionate counselor, Marlene, came on the phone and it was so incredible supportive. I could speak about my fears with someone who got it. I'm three years out of treatment now but I know they will always be there for me. This is an exceptional organization doing good work and we must continue to support them. I will forever be grateful for them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was diagnosed with breast cancer August 15th 2013. The year has been difficult to say the least. I knew however that through my double mastectomy, chemotherapy and reconstruction, support connection would be there for me. They have supported me at my lowest and they understand what the world may not. I never felt judged, my feeling and opinions were valid. They understand that long after the chemo left my body, the true healing begins.
They offer workshops that are amazing. I know I have years ahead of me and long after no one wants to hear about my cancer I know that I can always pick up the phone.
If you have breast or ovarian cancer, please reach out to this wonderful organization. You really need to hear from people who have walked a similar walk. God Bless you...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are wonderful caring individuals who make going through cancer easier . They should get 5 stars !

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had heard wonderful things about Support Connection and last year when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I reached out to this group for information. The Peer Counselors I spoke to were the most knowledgeable, empathetic and well trained support professionals I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. I am a director of a 25 person Customer Service team and do not offer those kind of kudos lightly! They kept in touch to alert me of upcoming seminars and provide additional information that was invaluable to me. Knowing they are here as a local resource for me and others actually helps to put my mind at ease. It's like knowing you have a best friend who will always be there for you. Simpy amazing work this organization is doing for folks with breast and ovarian cancer.

Donor

Rating: 5

The staff at Support Connection always impresses me. There is always an understanding voice at the end of the line. The peer counselors have been there themselves so they get it. The fact that this service is free is astounding and so important.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the most well run, dynamic, and truly effective not for profit organizations I have ever seen. This is a group that provides comfort, information and compassion to women at possibly the worst time in their lives. I have such admiration for the staff and volunteers - their caring is so evident - these are not jobs you do for the money. The atmosphere of caring and gentle support is immediately felt whether you are on the phone or walking in the door. I just can't say enough about them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fifteen years ago when I was newly diagnosed with breast cancer I felt alone and afraid. And then I discovered support connection. The support groups and peer counselors and activities such as yoga all helped to make my journey easier

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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.

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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....

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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

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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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Support Connection is undoubtedly the most amazing organization supporting women with breast and ovarian cancers! Although the Support Connection is a small organization in number, the staff is overwhelming in their commitment to helping women both locally and nationally. When women are feeling vulnerable, scared and alone with a diagnosis of cancer, the peer counselors (survivors themselves) are there to support and listen. I never cease to be amazed by their energy, compassion and love.

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Support Connection was there when I needed someone when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1998. At the time, there were very few organizations with knowledge and experience with ovarian cancer, as the big focus was on breast cancer. The staff at Support Connection provide support in so many different ways: yoga classes, advice, listening. Just what the doctor ordered!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Support Connection provides all FREE services to anyone affected by ovarian or breast cancer. When I had ovarian cancer almost 17 years ago, they helped answer some of my questions, and gave me a list of new questions I should ask my doctor. Since then, they have helped countless friends and family, whether near their office or miles and miles away, to help them deal with their diagnoses of breast or ovarian cancer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I went into overdrive! I had doctors and internet searches. I had choices and fear. I had operations and chemo. It wasn't until after all this that I even heard about The Support Connection. When trying to get my body back to functional and a friend told me about a great yoga class designed with me in mind. All I had to do was register and it was free! Sounded too good to be true but I called and had my first contact with the wonderful people at the Support Connection.
I'm hoping others hear about this wonderful organization earlier than I did because each of the counselors are so helpful and knowledgeable and have been were I was and am. My course of treatment probably would not have changed but I would have had the emotional support of people who had been in my place.
Recently my daughter received a similar diagnosis and one of the first things I did was to sit down with Robin for information and support.

Stephen52

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Each staff member at Support Connection are special people who are passionate about what they do, and truly care about each individual that calls or enters their door. My sister received the best emotional support and TLC whenever she spoke/met with a counselor, and I had the honor of volunteering for their annual walk-a-thon.

A non-profit with commitment and integrity and individuals with honesty and compassion

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are available to me as a cancer survivor. They were there as I was going through radiation and have been there as I have healed. They offer so many opportunities and I especially enjoy the nutritional and hands on workshops.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was told by a co-worker whose wife had breast cancer that I should contact Support Connection Inc. He said the counselor made such a difference in how she dealt with her breast cancer diagnosis and that he should encourage his wife to contact them. I contacted Support Connection and it was the best call I made in my life. My counselor listen to my fears and concerns and understood exactly what I was feeling. This is because one time in her life she also dealt with a breast cancer diagnosis. During my first conversation with my counselor, she addressed my fears and concerns with kindness and hope. She explained it was a journey. A journey with many different feelings and emotions. My counselor has supported me though rough times and happier times. I would speak to her as I was going through my journey. After my conversation with her, my anxiety was less and I felt I can do this. It is 6 1/2 yrs. since I made that first call. I am a breast cancer survivor and still today I am supported by this remarkable organization SUPPORT CONNECTION, INC.

Kristen61

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've loved volunteering for this organization and seeing firsthand the difference they make in women's lives who have been touched by cancer. Great organization with great volunteers!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a breast cancer survivor, I was able to take advantage of Support Connection's free confidential services many years ago. Although I have remained cancer free, I continue to help support them by raising much need funds for their services. I continue to educate those most in need of these services and let them know how much they have helped me. Their services are top notch and exceptional!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a licensed massage therapist specializing in oncology massage and the management of lymphedema related to cancer treatment.
To honor the memory of a dear friend who died of ovarian cancer, I approached Support Connection five years ago to volunteer my services. Some of the people who received a free massage have become my clients; I participate in the annual Support Connection walk; and I attend information forums sponsored by Support Connection. I cherish my connection to this AMAZING little engine- of- a- nonprofit. With a tiny staff and the selfless help of many, many loyal supporters, Support Connection has provided counselling, support, information, love and community to thousands of women and their family members who are dealing with cancer diagnosis, treatment and survival. There are no sufficient words to describe the hope and goodness that Support Connection generates and spreads in ever widening circles.

karen24

Client Served

Rating: 5

When i was diagnosed 15 years ago with breast cancer I calledto speak to a counselor and found the most helpful and compassionate women there. I would call frequently just when I had questions or needed someone to listen to me beside my doctors. I attended some meetings ,yoga classes initially after my recovery that were wonderful .l even had an aeromatherapy massage...all free services . I participated in educatioanl meetings as well as days of celebration . over the years , i have referred countless women to Support Connections. I love that they are helping women in our neighborhood...all these years later i still keep in touch with these amazing women. Love this organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

when i was diagnosed with breast cancer i called frequently to talk to a peer counselor about my concerns/fears. i attended yoga and meditation classes and received an aromatherapy massage. over the years i have volunteered to help spread the word about this wonderful group of women and services they provide- i have also attended workshops and luncheons, and recently was treated to a spa day for cancer survivors. Its been 10 years and i am still in touch with this group because they are doing an amazing job of providing support to women at the most difficult of times. they are kind,loving and well informed-always striving to improve their services, concerned about the needs of their clients and tirelessly work to increase cancer awareness. as a physical therapist in a homecare setting i work with women who are just discharged from the hospital after mastectomies or starting chemotherapy and i am happy to have a place to refer them to where i know they will receive additional support

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My Mom passed away fe Ovarian Cancer a few years ago . She was a big supporter of Support Connection (as is our family) and they were a big supporter of her. The women that work there treat everyone like family and truly love what they do and care for the people that go there.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Support Connection has ALWAYS been there for me since I have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I had a weak support system as all my relatives live outside the United States. Attending to the needs of two young children, my husband did not have the capacity to support me emotionally. That is when Support Connection held my hand, listened to my fears & anxiety and gave me hope. They did it through one-on-one counseling, group counseling and therapy sessions, all free of cost. Even after the initial diagnosis, I had waves of anxiety every time there was a threat of recurrence. Support Connection never kicked me out. Even after so many years, they have been ALWAYS there for me, educating me through educational forums with professional speakers & continuing to give me hope. I would not be where I am today without the help of Support Connection. They are the best.

Carol204

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Support Connection serves the community in a very important role. I have worked with the members of this organization and they are a group of caring and compassionate people. I am happy to help this organization in any way possible.

dorismatick

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a part of the Support Connection family since 2000 when I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. I remember so well the warm welcome and the truly special people who make this place the home base it is to so many of us. It provides us with everything from info seminars to restorative yoga which has improved my life and enthusiasm for life more than they know. It is a godsend to those of us in this area and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart for being there for us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I still remember those first days after receiving my breast cancer diagnosis. Support Connection was recommended to me by my oncologist's office. My first phone call was met with such kindness and understanding and this has continued through the thirteen years I have been in remission. The women who work at SC give their all to help us cope with the many overwhelming aspects of BC treatment and then provide wonderful therapeutic follow-up through the years. My absolute favorite is Gentle Yoga which has taught me the calming techniques of breath work combined with yoga asanas. Support Connection is such an incredible community service and I am so thankful that it is there for all who need it.

4 Sandy74

Client Served

Rating: 5

My mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2010.
I turned to Support Connection for guidance and support.
Their love, concern and compassion uplifted me and gave me the strength to help my mother through the confusing and frightening process.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Two years ago, in May 2012, I was blindsided with breast cancer. A Healthy, Happy 47 year old mother of 2 young boys, a medical professional, I worked out, ate good, had no family history, and had no lump. Because of my dense breasts, I had gone for an ultrasound, as well as mamo, that year. Like a ton of bricks, my diagnosis changed everything! So much to do-research, selecting new specialists and surgeons, surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, going bald :....( I could not burden my family with my thoughts and feelings- I was devastated. Support Connection came into my life the day I got my head shaved. How refreshing that I could go to a place where all these people had gone through what I was now going through. I sat back and listened to the others tell their stories and then, very emotionally, I told mine. It felt so good to not have to "Cancer Dance". I didn't have to worry about upsetting anyone, because we're all in the same boat. The staff is second to none- these ladies are Angels sent from Heaven. They themselves are survivors and are compassionate, caring and chock full of helpful information! I continue to go to group, twice a month, when I can, and volunteer to spread the word about this oh so necessary non profit. I have seen them touch the lives of so many, including myself.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Out of the blue, smack dab in the middle of a healthy, fun, full life as a wife, mother of 2 young boys and a respected employee in the medical field, came my diagnosis- "Breast Cancer". I was thrown into a whirlwind of unimaginable fear. How could this be happening to me? Perfect blood work on a recent physical exam, I worked out, ate healthy, felt great, perfect mammograms for 10+ years, have no family history and no signs or symptoms whatsoever! There was no lump. I found out the hard way that cancer does not discriminate. I have had 2 surgeries, 11 chemos, to date, and will be undergoing 6 weeks of radiation. An acquaintance from my neighborhood, a Support Connection facilitator, literally took me by the hand and introduced me to "Group". The same morning, she drove me to get my head buzzed. I cannot thank her or Support Connection enough! These women are for real and are a God send! Being survivors themselves, they are compassionate, caring, knowledgeable, friendly, and down to earth. Whether over the phone or at a meeting, I've talked to counselors that are unbelievably accommodating. They have made me realize that I will get through this, just like they did. I have learned so much about the disease and about myself since last August, when I started attending monthly meetings. To be able to talk about anything, without having to worry about upsetting anyone, is so refreshing. To have other women talk about their experience, that are currently undergoing treatment, like myself, is awesome. Hats off to Support Connection!! ( Even if I'm still bald).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the support connection for 20 years I volunteered to do the warm up at their annual walk they are so caring and supportive and help so many through their wonderful programs, caring staff and dedication to their mission to help our community

1 juneybug08

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization , supportive and always there when needed ! Once you connect with them you will never be alone .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Support Connection has been there for me through the years . First as I dealt with my moms diagnosis with Ovarian cancer and then for me when I received the same diagnosis . Help is always just a phone call away!

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2 Kathleen73

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been lucky, no one in my family has been a victim of breast or ovarian cancer but we all know people who have. Support Connection is a place to turn when you or a loved one gets the news need a shoulder to lean on, Where better to seek advice than from a place where people have walked in your shoes, know what it's like and are there to listen, share and offer support when you need it most. I walk for my friend Lenore and her sister. I walk so if my daughters ever need a place to turn, Support Connection will be there for them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer almost 5 years ago. It was hard on the entire family but worse for my wife. She felt very alone and that I was not the greatest at support because I was afraid and didn't know what to say or do. Finally my wife contacted support connection on the advice of one of her drs. Support connection had been very helpful to my wife which in turn was very helpful to me and my kids. She didn't feel so alone and misunderstood after talking to people who had similar problems and issues. She still attends a support group now and has volunteered at many functions. Thank you support connection for all that you do.

1 Amy_125

Client Served

Rating: 5

Support connection has been a life saver to me. I had breast cancer 4years ago and when I was really down and felt alone and overwhelmed I called support connection. It was a. Very hard phone call to make. But I am so happy that I did. I spoke to one of their counselors who was so much help to me. My family was not overly supportive because they were afaid of my diagnosis and in denial about everything. But support connection made me feel that I was not alone in my fears and needs and were so understanding because they too had been diagnosed with cancer. Since then I have participated in many of their programs and made several good friends. I still go to a support group and I have volunteered to help at functions and fund raisers. I think support connection is a wonderful organization and I would do anything to help them. They deserve to be noticed for the great things they do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I would do anything I possibly can to have Support Connection noticed by all. They have been the greatest support and friends that I can imagine during the hardest times of my life and even during the good times of my life.
I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer 4 years ago in November. I went through surgery, chemo and radiation. After all was done, life supposedly would go back to normal. Well for everyone else around me, except me. I felt I was falling in to a deep dark hole that nobody quite understood. I really didn't know where to turn. The wonderful people at the cancer center at NWH suggested I contact the Support Connection. It was such a hard phone call to make but once I spoke to the first person I felt that phone call was absolutely the best decision of my life. The counselors and everybody at support connection have just been fantastic. Understanding empathetic and Knowledgeable about anything that I needed to know. I have attended support group for about 3 years now and I have no intention of ever stopping. These people have become my friends and my lifeline to some degree of sanity in a crazy world. I have done some volunteer work for them and it is such a good feeling to give back to a group that I have the deepest love and respect for.
In closing, support connection has saved me and made me feel that I was not alone in my feelings. These people understand and have lived what we are going through or have gone through. I have had other medical problems since breast cancer and they have been supportive to me about all of that also. It is just so nice to have people to talk to that don't judge you and understand why you feel the way that you do. Unless you have had a cancer diagnosis, you cannot truly understand what somebody is going through. Even your doctors are not always supportive or understanding. But I can always count on the people at support connection to help me through the bad times and the good. I love the support connection and hope they will always be there to help.

1 kekelund

Client Served

Rating: 5

I simply would not be in the healthy, happy place I'm in today without the support offered by Support Connection. They have not only been a great resource, but a true inspiration. I'm so happy to have them to lean on when I need an understanding ear, and I'm so grateful for all the programs and services they offer - some of which I would not have known would be beneficial to me otherwise. They are extremely professional, tirelessly dedicated to their mission, and an incredible support to the whole cancer community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was diagnosed with a rare uterine cancer, a friend of mine referred me to Support Connection. I am eternally grateful to her, because I don't know where I'd be without them. At 31, it was nearly impossible for me to find anyone who shared my condition, and hard enough to find people my age who have experienced cancer at all. Support Connection gives me the community support that I need to stay strong and positive, and the opportunity to pay it forward. With them, I have enjoyed dragon boat racing on the Hudson River, received an immensely powerful support network, and I'm looking forward to some upcoming programs on meditation and nutrition! Support Connection is such a valuable part of my health and healing, physically and emotionally, and I honestly don't know what I'd do without them.