When the bottom drops out from under you so completely, as it does with a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis, you need support. A lot of it. I am incredibly fortunate to have two unbelievable organizations/support groups that I lean on heavily throughout my weeks: one is a local all-cancer support group at my local hospital that I absolutely adore, and the other is through an organization called Support Connection.
Support Connection is a nonprofit located in northern Westchester County, New York, that provides tremendous support to women, men, and families dealing with breast and gynecological cancers. Their services include individual support from their Peer Counselors, support groups, and social activities for local residents. While many of these activities benefit the northern Westchester community, Peer Counselor support through phone or email can be accessed by anyone in the United States. In addition, Support Connection does not receive funding from the Women Foundation, Relay for Life, or any other national cancer organizations. Because of this, the organization is incredibly dependent on local fundraising efforts such as mine. However, this also allows Support Connection to function independently and tailor many of their programs to the needs of their community.
When I moved from New York City to Northern Westchester last fall, I knew almost no one, and had very little in the way of support in the weeks following my cancer diagnosis. My support groups were a lifeline for me for knowledge, treatment options, and for hope, and continue to provide support for our entire family up here. I have started a team for the annual Support Connection Support-A-Walk, taking place on October 7, 2018, and have made it a goal for our team to raise $15,000 for Support Connection.
To join team Beyond the Pink Ribbon, go to the link, and click “Join Team.” You can also donate to the team on that page. If you choose to join the team, you can create your own fundraising page and goal from that point (or message me with questions). If you wish to donate to my individual fundraiser (which also counts toward the team total), you can click here. Currently, our team is the top fundraiser, and I hope to keep it that way. As an additional incentive, if you donate $250 or more to either my personal fundraiser or the team, I will send you a “Beyond the Pink Ribbon” team t-shirt. If you are local, and wish to participate in the walk, please reach out to me as well, and I will coordinate with you closer to the date of the walk.
Thank you so much to all of those who have already donated, pledged your support, and who are planning to come out and walk with us on October 7th! It truly means so much to me.