Social Activities

Our Social Activities offer you another way to spend time with other women who’ve also heard the words “You have cancer.”

Perhaps you’re not interested in a support group but would still like to meet and interact with other women in a safe, comfortable environment. Maybe you’re looking for a way to “escape” for a little while, to focus your mind on a fun, relaxing or creative activity, with others who understand what this feels like. Our social gatherings have what you’re looking for.

Our goal is to provide a variety of options to meet your needs and to enhance your quality of life while living with cancer.

Some social activities meet monthly. Others meet at different intervals 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.


Book Club

WHEN: Thursday June 20, 7-8 pm
WHERE: Zoom video conference

Open to people 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 June 19: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.

At this session, we will discuss The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules, by Catharina Ingelman- Sundberg

79-year-old Martha Anderson dreams of escaping her care home and robbing a bank. She has no intention of spending the rest of her days in an armchair and is determined to find her way to a much more exciting lifestyle. Along with her four oldest friends – otherwise known as the League of Pensioners – Martha decides to rebel against all of the rules imposed upon them. Together, they cause an uproar with their antics: protesting against early bedtimes and plastic meals. As the elderly friends become more daring, their activities escalate, and they come up with a cunning plan to break out of the care home and land themselves in a far more attractive Stockholm establishment. With the aid of their Zimmer frames, they resolve to stand up for old, aged pensioners everywhere – Robin Hood style. And that’s when the adventure really takes off.

Discussion leader: Fran Contino.  We are always looking for good book suggestions. Please send suggested titles to Lauri.Gruen@supportconnection.org

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Music Therapy

WHEN: Tuesday, June 25, 4 – 5:30 pm
WHERE: Zoom Video Conference

This program is being offered in loving tribute to Don, one of Support Connection’s greatest cheerleaders. Don had a true love and appreciation for music. He encouraged others to find joy in music and understand the benefits it has on health and wellbeing. This program is being offered in his honor and is open to all cancer survivors and caregivers. To register, call Support Connection: 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290.  Must register before 5pm on Monday, June 24th.  Space is limited.

Music Therapy is a fun and creative source of socialization and stress relief.   Research shows that listening to and making music promotes relaxation, reduces pain, boosts mood, and improves sleep. This workshop will be an interactive mix of relaxation experiences, playful creativity, and social connection. In addition to group activities, you’ll learn simple techniques you can use at home to promote relaxation, increased physical comfort, and improved sleep. No instruments or prior musical experience are needed, and the session will be tailored to the needs and musical interests of those who attend. Participants are welcome to attend with their cameras off if they prefer their privacy and if they want to lie down.

Instructor: Julie Sherwood, MA, LCAT, CTS, MT-BC For many years, Julie has been helping people overcome stress, pain, and anxiety. She has been a staff music therapist at the Music Therapy Institute at the Music Conservatory of Westchester for almost 10 years and is proud to have been a part of their outreach programs in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

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