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Support Connection Inc

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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

88 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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!

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.

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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.

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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

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 .

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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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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.