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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Canasta, Coffee and Camaraderie

WHEN: Thursdays; Jan. 19, Feb. 16, Mar. 16, Apr. 20; 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; Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 23, Apr. 27; 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.

What better way to spend an afternoon than in the company of fellow yarn lovers, intrigued by new stitches, textures and colors. Bring your desire to create warmth, spin the yarn and enjoy the camaraderie of a shared interest, with others who have also heard the words “you have cancer.”

Whether you’re a master of the trade, or someone who wants to begin, you’re invited to our circle. All are welcome: Experienced crafters who wish to start or complete a project, and those who’d like to learn the basics of knitting or crocheting.

Create a Gift for Another: Once again we are asking all of our knitters for donations of a handcrafted item to Celebrate Life Day in June. Those who attend treasure these generous one-of-a-kind creations. If you would like to donate a handcrafted item, please contact Andrea at: andrea.karl@supportconnection.org.

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

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Wing Nite – For Men Only

WHEN: Wednesdays; Jan.18 and Apr. 19; 7 – 9 pm
WHERE: Furci’s Restaurant, Yorktown Heights, NY

Open to men whose lives have been affected by a spouse or partner going through breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. RSVP is required. Call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or toll-free 800-532-4290.

This is an invitation from Support Connection to men whose lives have been affected by a loved one going through breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer to ‘Wing It’ at Furci’s Restaurant. Come out, relax and enjoy a night out with the guys. You’ll find good company and good food. All you need to do is call to let us know you’re coming.

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.

Read David’s story to learn why Wing Nite is so important to him and his fellow participants.

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National Webinar/Teleconference:
The Road Forward: Navigating Life After Cancer Treatments

WHEN: Tuesday; Feb. 7; 8 – 9 pm EST
WHERE: Webinar or Toll-Free Teleconference

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

Although finishing your cancer treatments (surgery, chemo or radiation) is a milestone to be celebrated, it can also bring anxiety, fear and uncertainty. The completion of treatment marks the start of adjusting to new and challenging physical and emotional changes. In this program we will discuss how you can take charge and navigate this transition to the new normal of cancer survivorship.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Recommendations for surveillance: Which tests and exams do I need? Who do I need to follow up with? What’s coming in the future regarding primary care vs. medical oncology?
  • Late and long term treatment effects: Things you must know about such as lymphedema; cardiotoxicity; cognitive issues; bone health; pain.
  • Psychosocial issues: body image; depression or anxiety; fatigue. They are not all in your head!
  • Mind & body wellness: The connections between the two.
  • Other concerns: Sexual health, fertility and menopause; your ongoing treatment plan for long term health and wellness through nutrition, physical fitness, etc.

SPEAKER: Mary Greco, MS, FNP-C: Mary is a certified nurse practitioner with 30 years’ experience in the area of Breast Disease. She is an Oncology Breast Care Nurse and a Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator, certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the Oncology Nurses Society, and the National Accrediting Program for Breast Centers. Mary has worked in clinical practices and as a clinical research assistant in the fields of breast cancer and cell mediated immunity. She has been a nurse trainer for the NYS Dept. of Health Cancer Screening Program, has volunteered for the American Cancer Society for the promotion of breast health education, and belongs to multiple nurse and breast specialty organizations. At Northern Westchester Hospital, Mary serves as clinical coordinator for the Breast Institute.

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Men’s Night Out: For Men Living with Loss

WHEN: Wednesday; Feb.15; 7:00 – 9 pm
WHERE: Furci’s Restaurant, Yorktown Heights, NY

Open to men who have lost a spouse or partner to breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. RSVP required. Call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

This is an invitation from Support Connection to meet and connect with other men who have lost a spouse or partner to breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Spend a casual night out with good company and good food. All you need to do is call us to let us know you’re coming.

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Book Club

WHEN: Thursday; Feb 23; 7 – 9 pm
WHERE: Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Comprehensive Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital, Cortlandt Manor, 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.

There are journeys of all sorts and we all need support to get through them. At this session of our Book Club we’ll discuss Etched In Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island. Author Regina Calcaterra shares how she and her homeless siblings managed to survive years of homelessness, abandonment, and abuse. A story of perseverance in the face of adversity.

In the author’s words: “…each of us needs others to help us move along. You can organize and push through chaos, but you can’t do it alone…”

Join us as we discuss the power of support.

Our Book Club is led by Amy Curran Baker, author of Now What? A Patient’s Guide to Recovery After Mastectomy. We are always looking for a good book to discuss. Please send suggestions to andrea.karl@supportconnection.org.

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Coffee, Cookies, and Crafts: Color With Us! Mandalas

WHEN:  Wednesday; Mar. 22; 6:30 – 8 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.

Join us for an evening of relaxation, creativity and companionship with the first offering of our 2017 “Coffee, Cookies, and Crafts” series. Coloring for adults has become all the rage. It’s a great way to de-stress, find peace and tune out worries. A Mandala is a beautifully symmetrical design which many cultures use as a tool to facilitate wellness.

By combining the zen of the Mandala and the child-like delight of coloring, we encourage you to rediscover the joy of simplicity: Simple relaxing coloring, simple warm beverages, simple comfort cookies, and simply wonderful company. We’ll supply the coloring materials and refreshments, while you enjoy each others company.

Read this article about how coloring actually does reduce stress!

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 Intimacy and Sexuality… And Cancer? An Open Discussion

WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 30; 7 – 8:30 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 800-532-4290.

The diagnosis was given, the surgery and treatments are over…. and yet the impact of cancer continues. Many of you have made it clear that sexuality and intimacy were greatly affected as a result of your cancer journey. No one prepares us for these changes, but they are real and part of all of our stories.

Each one of us is the expert on how cancer uniquely affected our sexuality and intimacy. This open discussion group provides a venue for you to discuss your opinions and thoughts on this delicate subject with others who had similar experiences. Please join us as we share concerns, information and our ideas on how to cope. The discussion will be led by a Peer Counselor.

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Creative Collages

WHEN: Thursday; Apr. 13; 6:15 – 8: 15 pm
WHERE: East Fishkill Community Library, Hopewell Junction, NY

Open to people living with breast, ovarian and gynecological cancers. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 10 participants. Call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

Being creative is a wonderful way to unwind, enjoy yourself, and focus your attention on whatever you’re creating. In this workshop, you’ll create your own exciting, visual narrative through collage. Enjoy the freedom of cutting, tearing, moving shapes around, gluing, and colorizing to tell your own story.

INSTRUCTOR: An experienced instructor from Mill Street Loft, a community-based, multi-arts educational center. Established in 1981, Mill Street Loft brings a wide range of creative, educational, and culturally-enriching programs to diverse audiences throughout the Hudson Valley.

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Registration Is Required

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