About Our Programs and Services
The three Peer Counselors on our staff, cancer survivors themselves, provide personalized support, info and guidance to hundreds of women and families every year. They are a lifeline to those facing the many challenges of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
In addition to providing one-on-one support and guidance to those dealing with breast or ovarian cancer, our Peer Counselors also plan and implement all of our other free support services, such as support groups, educational and wellness programs, social gatherings for cancer survivors educational programs. Our peer-to-peer approach to service provision is the key to meeting the needs of the people we serve.
What You Helped Us Accomplish in 2020
2020 was a year filled with tremendous and unexpected challenges. But through it all, we remained committed to our mission and to those who need our support. For this reason, we are especially proud of what we accomplished. Please read below to see some of the ways Support Connection helped people who’ve been impacted by breast or ovarian cancer in 2020. We couldn’t do it without you!
In 2020, our Peer Counselors:
- Offered critically needed help, information and assistance to 547 different people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. More than half of these people (59%) contacted our Peer Counselors on multiple occasions.
- Had 2,611 individual contacts with cancer survivors, family members, friends, to provide personalized support and information. 939 of those contacts were in-depth one-on-one counseling sessions.
- Enabled 72 different women with breast or ovarian cancer to gain strength and hope from one another by participating in our monthly support groups. We held 111 support groups sessions in 2020, all of which were transitioned to virtual as of late March.
- Enhanced the well-being of 177 people living with cancer who participated in our year-round calendar of Educational Programs. We held 121 hours of programming in 2020, all via virtual platforms as of late March. Programs included: presentations by health care experts; topic-focused discussion groups; therapeutic activities such as arts & crafts; weekly wellness classes such as meditation and Tai Chi.
- Brought relaxation and healing to women living with cancer by hosting our year-round Yoga Classes. There were 53 sessions total (more than 80% held virtually) enabling women to learn and gain skills throughout the year.
- Provided vital educational information to 80 different women with breast and ovarian cancer through 4 national webinars or teleconferences. Women from 13 different states across the country participated.