More than 140 people turned out for Support Connection’s eighth annual “Celebrate Life Day” on Sunday, June 5, at Travelers Rest restaurant.
Support Connection holds Celebrate Life Day each year to pay tribute to cancer survivors for their strength and courage and to recognize the contributions of their families, friends and other caregivers. The first Sunday in June is also National Cancer Survivors Day, an annual, worldwide celebration of life held in hundreds of communities throughout the United States, Canada and other participating countries. According to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, a “survivor” is anyone living with a history of cancer, from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.
Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch made possible through the generosity of Travelers Rest owners Dave & Nancy Paganelli who graciously provided the event to Support Connection. Additional corporate support was provided by Wells Fargo Advisors, White Plains Branch. Several performers entertained guests with uplifting musical selections. The highlights of Celebrate Life Day were two moving and inspirational talks by cancer survivors:
Geri Moran of Elmsford is a 23 year survivor of breast cancer. She is the creator of “Wish and Worry Angels” which are designed to bring comfort to those dealing with illness. Gerri offered her personal perspective on the changes a cancer diagnosis can bring to your life. She also shared some lighter moments, acknowledging the importance of a sense of humor as a way to cope.
Nancy Heller of Yorktown Heights celebrated 25 years of being cancer free last November. She is a co-founder of Support Connection, Inc. and the President of their Board of Directors. Ms. Heller shared how her experiences as a breast cancer survivor inspired her to establish Support Connection to help other women. She said “paying it forward” had a positive impact on her life, and encouraged others to do the same.
Support Connection, Inc. is a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit organization that provides free, confidential support services and programs to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Founded in 1996, Support Connection is based in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., but through their toll-free hotline and website they serve people throughout the country. With Support Connection, those living with breast and ovarian cancer don’t have to face it alone. To learn more, call 914-962-6402 (toll-free: 800-532-4290) or visit www.supportconnection.org <http://www.supportconnection.org/>.
Captions: At top, former support group members reunited at Celebrate Life Day. Standing, from left: Jeane Kanes, Pat Cravedi, Teresa DeFrancesco and Tina Coyle (Peer Counselor). Sitting: Robin Perlmutter (Clinical Director) and Hillary Tomack. At middle, Dora Kogan Levinson of Croton-on-Hudson and Dolly Acocella of Yorktown got reacquainted at Celebrate Life Day. At bottom, Geri Moran of Elmsford, left, was one of the speakers at Celebrate Life Day. Joining her were her son Paul Carbone of New York City and her brother and sister-in-law Tom and Cheryl Moran of Pawling.