Educational and Wellness Programs

educational and wellness programsWe offer a wide range of educational and wellness programs. Our goal is to provide a variety of options to meet your needs.

We have workshops focused on the needs of mind, body and spirit, to enhance your quality of life while living with cancer. We provide learning opportunities aimed at empowering you to better cope with diagnosis, recovery, treatment and beyond. We create places for you to enjoy a relaxing activity with a group of women who have also heard the words, “you have cancer.” We hold educational forums that are open to the public, offering the latest information pertaining to breast and ovarian cancer.

Our program calendar changes throughout the year. Please view this page often to check for new offerings. You can also visit our calendar. Please obtain your doctor’s approval before participating in any Wellness Program.

All of our Educational and Wellness Programs are free. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Call us: 914-962-6402 or toll-free 800-532-4290.


Yoga – A Path Toward Wellness

WHEN: Saturdays; Noon -1:30 pm (check calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: Club Fit, Jefferson Valley, NY

Open to women with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. Call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or toll-free 800-532-4290.

Appropriate for beginners or more advanced students. Emphasis is placed on movement with breath awareness as a way to achieve a more tranquil mind. Experience the benefits of yoga, which include a stronger, healthier body and a calmer, more focused mind. Come every week, or as often as you’d like. Please obtain your doctor’s approval before participating in any wellness program.

INSTRUCTOR: Mia Azcue, CYT, E-RYT 500, RPT. Mia has been a student and teacher of yoga for 20 years, and has been teaching classes for Support Connection for at least 10 years. She holds certificates from the American Viniyoga Institute, both as a yoga teacher and as a yoga therapist, and is also a licensed Physical Therapist in the state of New York. As a yoga therapist, Mia draws deeply on her training and applies yoga principles to assist the individual with any physical, emotional and/or spiritual challenges she or he may be facing. Doris, a regular participant, says “Mia’s knowledgeable, gentle approach brings a sense of peace and awareness that stays with me long after class is over.”

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Wing Nite – For Men Only

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7 – 9 pm
WHERE: A local restaurant, Yorktown Heights, NY

Open to men whose lives have been affected by a spouse or partner going through breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

This is an invitation from Support Connection to men whose lives have been affected by a spouse or partner going through breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Come out and relax for a fun evening. Enjoy a night out with the guys. You’ll find good company and good food. All free of charge! All you need to do is call us to let us know you’re coming.

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National Educational Webinar For Women With Ovarian Cancer 

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 8 – 9 pm (EST)
WHERE: Webinar or Toll-Free Teleconference

Open to women nationwide who are living with ovarian cancer. 

In recognition of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, this program is presented as part of our annual campaign “Tune In and Take Charge: Don’t Face It Alone.”

Join us for this informative program for women living with ovarian cancer. You may participate via webinar or toll-free teleconference. Dr. Herzog will speak on the latest in ovarian cancer treatment and what’s on the horizon, followed by a Q & A period.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The latest info on the development of drugs for advanced ovarian cancer
  • Other novel chemotherapeutic agents in development
  • Advances in immunotherapy
  • PARP Inhibitors
  • The role of molecular profiling
  • Info from the Cancer Institute Survivorship Survey
  • What do patients want?

SPEAKER: Thomas Herzog, MD: Dr. Herzog is Deputy Director of both The Barrett Cancer Center & The University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute. He is also Vice-Chair of Quality and Safety for Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. From 2004 to 2014 he was the Director of Gynecologic Oncology and the Physicians & Surgeons Endowed Professor of Clinical Gynecology and Obstetrics at Columbia University. He also was the Fellowship Director in Gynecologic Oncology for Columbia & Cornell Universities and New York Presbyterian hospitals.

Prior to 2004, Dr. Herzog was as an Associate Professor, and the Director of the Fellowship Training Program at Washington University in St. Louis. He has served as a Principal Investigator in a number of GOG trials with a special emphasis in ovarian and endometrial cancers.

Dr. Herzog has authored/co-authored over 270 peer-reviewed articles and lectures extensively nationally and internationally. He serves or has served on the editorial boards of Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics and Gynecology International, Hematology Oncology Times, and others. He is Co-Editor–in chief of Gynecologic Oncology Research to Practice.

Dr. Herzog has been on the leadership council of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, Board of Governors for the American College of Surgeons. In 2013, he was elected to the Board of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and in 2014 to Council for the International Gynecologic Cancer Society. In 2015 he was elected to the  Board of Director of Gynecologic Oncology Group Foundation.

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Canasta, Coffee and Camaraderie

WHEN: Thursdays; Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 21; 10 -11:30 am
WHERE: Support Connection office, Yorktown Heights, NY

Open to people living with breast, ovarian and gynecological cancers. Pre-registration is required. Call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or toll-free 800-532-4290.

All are welcome! Beginners as well as experienced players. Canasta is a classic card game with many avid fans. Camaraderie is a mutual trust and friendship among people who spend time together. Together they make a perfect match!

Join us for a morning of card-playing, companionship and coffee, and enjoy time spent with others who are also living with cancer. Coffee, tea and light refreshments provided. A Peer Counselor will be on hand as well.

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Marge’s Knitting Circle

WHEN: Thursdays;  Aug. 24, Oct. 5, Oct. 26, Nov. 23, Dec. 28; 2 – 3:30 pm
WHERE: Support Connection office, Yorktown Heights, NY

Open to people living with breast, ovarian and gynecological cancers. Pre-registration is required. Call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or toll-free 800-532-4290.

All are welcome at our circle: Experienced crafters as well as those who’d like to learn the basics of knitting or crocheting. Our moderator will be happy to help you learn or to complete a forgotten project. Enjoy the beauty of new stiches, the textures and colors of yarn, and the camaraderie of a shared interest while spending time with other women who’ve also heard the words “you have cancer.”.

Read this story about how knitting makes a difference and why our knitting circle members love this program.

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Book Club

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 19; 7 – 9pm
WHERE: NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, Cortlandt Manor, NY

Open to people living with breast, ovarian and gynecological cancers. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

At this session of our Book Club we’ll discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. In 1951, cells were taken, without her knowledge, from a poor black woman named Henrietta Lacks. The cells (known as “HeLa”) became one of the most important tools in medicine. Yet Henrietta and her family lived in poverty. Rebecca Skloot (a science journalist) needed to know more. Join us as we discuss what she learned, and explore medicine’s successes and failures. “….Rebecca Skloot looks beyond the scientific marvels to explore the ethical issues behind a discovery that may have saved your life.” Evan James, Mother Jones.

Discussion leader: Amy Curran Baker,  author of Now What? Guide to Recovery After Mastectomy. We are always looking for a good book suggestions. Please send suggested titles to andrea.karl@supportconnection.org.

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Living With Neuropathy: An Open Discussion

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7-9 pm
WHERE: Support Connection office, Yorktown Heights, NY

Open to people living with breast, ovarian and gynecological cancers. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Many of you have brought to our attention the challenges of living with neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a side effect linked to certain chemotherapy drugs. This open discussion provides a venue to connect and talk openly with other women who have experienced neuropathy symptoms, both long-term and short-term.

This is not an educational forum; it is a discussion group where concerns and information will be exchanged. Please join us as we share our experiences and ideas on how to cope. The discussion will be led by a Peer Counselor.

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Coffee, Cookies, And Crafts: A Winter Creation

Open to people living with breast, ovarian and gynecological cancers. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 5, 6:30 – 8 pm
WHERE: Support Connection office, Yorktown Heights, NY

Join us for an evening of relaxation, creativity and the good company of others for the next offering in our 2017 series “Coffee, Cookies, and Crafts.” The desire to relax and have fun are the only skills required.

Support Connection Peer Counselor Marlene Stager will lead us in an evening of creativity and companionship. Though the weather outside may be frightful, enjoy a warm and welcoming evening where you can construct your own unique snowman from clay pots and festive accessories. Enhance your seasonal décor with a one-of-a-kind ornamentation or treat dish.

Come in out of the cold and enjoy a warm beverage, cookies and camaraderie. We’ll supply the materials and refreshments and hope you’ll provide the company.

Registration Is Required

All programs are FREE. Please call in advance to register. 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.
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