Education and Wellness

We 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 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.

All of our programs are free. Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Call us: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we have made some changes to our programming. Please view our COVID-19 Updates for details.


Tai Chi

WHEN: Every Monday until further notice, 10:30 – 11:30 am (*check our calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: ZOOM video conference

NOTE: Space is limited. Please call for more information.

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

The basic principle of Tai Chi (TIE-chee) is to cultivate what the Chinese allude to as the 3 treasures: mind, body, spirit. The practice includes a series of exercises called Silk Reeling (slow, repetitive, meditative movements) followed by form practice. Benefits include improved balance, strength and flexibility and a sense of well-being.

In this class, a basic beginner form will be taught. Learn to focus the mind while working on the principles of posture and motion. The goal is to help each student understand the mind-body relationship so they can continue to grow with the forms they have learned long after class ends.

INSTRUCTOR: Alan Bandes. Alan has been practicing Tai Chi for over 40 years. His teaching approach is to work with each student to achieve success within their unique capabilities.

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Meditation

WHEN: Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11 am (NY time) (*check our calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: Telephone conference call

Open to people nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required.

To register, call Support Connection no later than 5pm NY time the day before: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

Now more than ever, we all need to take time out of our day to nurture ourselves and find calm and peace. Support Connection invites you to join Alan Bandes, our beloved Tai Chi teacher, as he offers a weekly meditation class via toll free teleconference. Alan will share the basics of meditation and will lead us in a soothing, relaxing 15 minute guided meditation.

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Rosen Movement: A Gentle Wellness Class

WHEN: Fridays, 10 – 11:30 am (*check our calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: ZOOM videoconference

Open to people nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Must register no later than 5 pm (NY time) on the day before the session.

NOTE: Space is limited for each session. Please call for more information.

Are you are looking for a new way to reduce stress, relax, and connect with your body, in the comfort of your home? Then consider trying Rosen Movement. Developed by physical therapist Marion Rosen, a health and wellness pioneer, Rosen Movement encourages relaxation through range of motion and stretching exercises set to music. The sequence of movements encourages flexibility through joint lubrication, chest and rib expansion, muscle lengthening and ease of body, mind and spirit. The movements are easy and simple.

No experience necessary. All you need are comfortable clothing and a private space to move freely. Attend one or all of the sessions.

INSTRUCTOR: Betty Ross is a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Certified Rosen Method Bodyworker. She is also certified in Core Energetic Therapy and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Betty is also a breast cancer survivor.

Comments from some past participants: “This program helped me relax & exercise at the same time.” ~ “I felt like my various joints were put through a full range of motion and I didn’t feel quite as stiff. It was nice to connect with others, even if just virtually.” ~ “Betty was wonderful and her choice of music had a smile on my face throughout the class. I left each class happy and feeling great.”

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Yoga – A Path Toward Wellness

WHEN: Saturdays, beginning 9/25/21; 10 – 11:30 am (*check our calendar for holidays & schedule changes)
WHERE: Online program

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

NOTE: Space is limited for each session. Please call for more information.

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 more than 20 years and has been teaching classes for Support Connection for more than 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.

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It’s Okay to Grieve, Let’s Talk: An Open Discussion for Men Living With Loss

WHEN: Tuesday, September 21, 7 – 8 pm (NY time)
WHERE: ZOOM video conference

Open to men nationwide who have lost a spouse or partner to breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Must register no later than 5 pm (NY time) on Mon., September 20.

It is never possible to prepare yourself for the loss of a spouse or partner. Learning how to cope with the grief and the impact on your life is hard to do alone. Speaking with others who’ve also been through it is an excellent way to learn and feel less alone.

This program is open to all men who have experienced loss, regardless of how much time has gone by. Our facilitator will lead the discussion which will include following topics:

  • There is no one way to grieve: no right way, and no wrong way.
  • Understanding the challenges and uncertainties that accompany loss.
  • Dealing with unexpected “trigger points” and reminders.
  • Coping with loneliness.
  • Giving yourself permission to move forward.

The open discussion format provides a safe and supportive venue to talk with others coping with similar challenges. Share concerns, experiences and information with others who’ve been there too.

DISCUSSION LEADER: Alan Bandes is a volunteer facilitator who has personally experienced the loss of his beloved wife to breast cancer.

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Living with Ovarian or Gynecological Cancer: An Open Discussion

WHEN: Monday, September 27, 7 – 8 pm NY time
WHERE: ZOOM videoconference

Open to women nationwide who have been diagnosed with ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Must register no later than 5 pm (NY time) on Fri., September 24.

After being diagnosed with ovarian or gynecological cancer, a woman faces a multitude of questions and concerns, such as coping with side-effects and treatments; treatment changes; exploring and participating in clinical trials. The physical and emotional roller coaster and uncertainty that ensue can be very overwhelming and impact all aspects of one’s life.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE in any of this. Join us for an open discussion to talk openly with others who are facing the same types of challenges.

This is not an educational program; our Open Discussion groups are an opportunity to connect with others who have similar concerns, to share information, resources, and coping strategies.

The discussion will be co-led by:

  • A Support Connection Peer Counselor
  • A volunteer facilitator who is a longtime ovarian cancer survivor diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer 16 years ago

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For Men Only, Let’s Talk: An Open Discussion For Men With A Spouse Or Partner Going Through Cancer

WHEN: Tuesday, October 12, 7-8pm (NY time)
WHERE: ZOOM videoconference

Open to men nationwide who have a spouse or partner living with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection, 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. Must register no later than 5 pm (NY time) on Mon., October 11.

It may be your spouse or partner who has been diagnosed with cancer, but it also affects you, as well as your family. You want to help and be supportive, but it’s not always easy to know how. Speaking with others who are in the same situation is an excellent way to learn, get ideas, and feel less alone.

This program is open to all men who have a spouse or partner dealing with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer, at any stage from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. Our facilitator will lead the discussion which will include following topics:

  • What it’s like to see your spouse or partner go through cancer, and how it affects you.
  • How cancer can impact you and your spouse or partner, your relationship and your family.
  • Coping strategies for you, your spouse or partner, and your family.
  • Giving yourself permission to take care of your own needs at the same time as you support your loved one.

The open discussion format provides a safe and supportive venue to talk with others coping with similar challenges. Share concerns, experiences and information with others who’ve been there too.

DISCUSSION LEADERS: Alan Bandes and David Tartaglia are volunteer facilitators who have personally experienced coping with their own wives’ breast cancer journeys.

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Webinar: Genetic Counseling and Testing For Breast and Ovarian Cancer

WHEN: Tuesday, November 9, 8- 9 pm (NY time)
WHERE: National webinar

Open to women nationwide who have or have had breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer . Pre-registration is required. To register, call Support Connection no later than 5pm NY time on Mon., Nov 8: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

*This program is being presented in partnership with White Plains Hospital.

This educational webinar will provide information about genetic counseling and genetic testing as pertains to breast and ovarian cancer. The presentation will include the following topics:

  • Who should undergo genetic testing
  • The genetic testing process
  • New updates to genetic testing
  • What to do with test results
  • Myths and facts
  • Case examples
  • Discussing genetics with relatives/family members

Following the presentation, there will be a question and answer period.

SPEAKER: Nicole Boxer, MS. Certified Genetic Counselor at White Plains Hospital Center for Cancer Care, White Plains, NY. Ms. Boxer earned her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and went on to pursue a Master’s degree from the Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics at Sarah Lawrence College.

Ms. Boxer has been practicing at White Plains Hospital for nine years, specializing in genetic counseling for hereditary cancer syndromes. Throughout her time at White Plains Hospital, she has worked with thousands of patients and their families to help them better understand genetic risk for cancer in their families. Ms. Boxer is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.