ANNUAL SUPPORT-A-WALK ~ SUNDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2021
Once again this year, our theme for the Support-A-Walk is “Walk With Us, Wherever You Are.” Even if we find out we can hold a gathering at the park, you are STILL welcome to walk where you are, near or far, to participate and raise funds. We serve people nationwide, and we welcome people nationwide to walk with us.
The Support-A-Walk is critically important to us, because the funds raised help sustain our free, year-round breast and ovarian cancer support services. As we all know, cancer never stops.
No matter where you live, you can make a difference by donating and raising funds for the Walk!
Need inspiration? Here are stories from some of of our supporters from last year’s Walk. They all raised funds too.
Wendy and her team: VA, NY, and CT
Wendy and her husband walked in Chesapeake, VA. They walk every year in honor and memory of Wendy’s dear friend Julie who died of ovarian cancer. In past years, they have walked in NY with family and friends. Last year, other members of Team Julie also walked in their own communities. Wendy said:
The rest of my team is in NY, so they walked separately in different areas of NY, both Westchester and Putnam. My son has graduated from college and now lives in CT, so I asked him to do a walk in CT. I am so grateful for everything Support Connection does.
Linda and her team: Hopewell Junction, NY
Linda walked last year in Hopewell Junction, NY with family and friends. It was their second year walking together, wearing t-shirts and carrying signs to honor Linda who was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2019. Linda also walks in gratitude to her cousin Larissa who died of metastatic breast cancer when she was only 30 years old. Linda said:
It was because of Larissa that I promised myself that I would never skip another mammogram/sonogram. I am lucky. My life was saved because of my cousin. There is an indescribable fear that comes with being a “cancer patient.” Every time blood is drawn, every time I have to see my oncologist, breast surgeon, plastic surgeon, get scanned, worry about upcoming MRI’s……. ALL of these things take a huge toll. But I’m so FORTUNATE to be a survivor! I walk with my family and friends to help raise money for people who are suffering as well. Any amount helps! I’m SO incredibly thankful for the support I received thus far, now it’s my turn to try to pay it forward!
Carrie and her team: Four different towns in NY, and VA.
Carrie created her team “Friends of Caroline” when she was in high school, in honor of her mom who was coping with breast cancer at the time. After Carrie’s mom died in 2007, the team continued to walk every year in her memory. Last year, Carrie walked in Hopewell Junction, NY with her husband, daughter, brother and brother-in-law. Her close friends who have been with the team since the start walked in Yorktown Heights, NY. Her mother- and father-in-law walked in Yonkers NY. Four of her cousins walked in Carmel, NY. And her aunt walked in Virginia. Carrie said:
Our team has been walking for many years: first in honor of my mom Caroline Puppo, and then in memory of this brave woman who fought the “beast” for 12 years!!! She was, and still is, my hero. We walk to continue to honor others who are battling this horrible disease, and to continue on her memory. This year the walk looks a little bit different, but its just as important as it has always been!!!
Diane and her team: NY, CT and FL
Diane is a longtime Support Connection volunteer and supporter who has participated in the Support-A-Walk for many years with family and friends. Last year, Diane walked in her neighborhood in Yorktown, NY. Her daughters walked in their own towns in Connecticut and New Jersey, and her sister walked in Florida. Diane said:
I walk because Support Connection has made a difference in so many people’s lives. It truly is an extraordinary organization. We’re all so happy to help!
Salli: Croton, NY
Salli has walked for years in memory of her friend Mary who died of breast cancer. Last year, Salli walked along the Hudson River in Croton, NY. She sent us a photo of the t-shirt for her team and the names of all people in her life she pays tribute to. Salli said:
2020 was a challenge in so many ways for all of us. It was especially challenging for not-for-profit agencies who continue to do the good work they do to help those in need. Support Connection has continued to help breast and ovarian cancer patients and their families, and they continue to need our help. I am walking again this year to help raise money for Support Connection and to bring more awareness that we have not won the battle against cancer. My list of those that I am celebrating and honoring continues to grow instead of shrink. Every little step we each take helps.
Samantha and her team: CA, MA and more
Samantha has been walking for years, in honor of her mother Debra, an ovarian cancer survivor. She also walks in memory of her aunt and her grandmother, who both died of breast cancer. Last year Samantha walked in California. Her mom and dad walked in Massachusetts, and family and friends in other locations also walked where they were. Samantha said:
In addition to my family members who’ve been affected, I also walk for all of those living with cancer while physically, and perhaps emotionally, isolated. I can only imagine what it must feel like to live with and manage these diseases on a good day – I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like in 2020. I’m walking to show all of those people that they’re not alone and that they’ve got support.
Ilene and her team: Yorktown Heights, Cold Spring, Putnam Valley, and Brooklyn, NY
Ilene is a 26 year ovarian cancer survivor who has been volunteering for Support Connection for 24 years. Almost every year since the Walk began, Ilene and her family have gathered to walk at the park. Last year, Ilene walked in her neighborhood in Yorktown Heights. Her daughter’s family walked in Cold Spring; her son’s family walked in Brooklyn; a friend walked in Putnam Valley. Ilene said:
I look forward to the Support-A-Walk every year. It’s a way that I’m able to help raise funds for Support Connection, as well as pay tribute to friends and relatives who have faced a diagnosis of breast or ovarian cancer. This year my team will be walking in our own neighborhoods, helping to raise awareness & show support for an amazing organization.
Share with us
We would love to see your photos and message! Send photos – of you, your team, your tee-shirts, your team banners or signs – to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll share them with our social media followers to help get everyone excited about participating!
Info to help you get started
- Download and print our “Why I Walk and Where I Am Walking” sign. Use it to spread the word.
- Start your own personal online fundraising page for the walk.
- Learn how you can be a Ray of Hope Champion or win a Team Spirit Award.
- Everything you need to know about the Walk is here.