Support Connection Inc., a not-for-profit organization offering free, confidential support services to people affected by breast or ovarian cancer, is still accepting registrations for its 18th annual Support-A-Walk.
The 3-mile walk will take place rain or shine Sunday, Oct. 7, at FDR Park on Route 202 in Yorktown Heights.
The purpose of the event is to bring attention to the needs of people living with breast and ovarian cancer and to raise funds for Support Connection's free support services for those living with those ailments. Advance registration is strongly recommended; close to 10,000 people attended in 2011.
Local residents founded Support-A-Walk 18 years ago as a way to focus attention on breast and ovarian cancer. Each year, thousands of people from across the Hudson Valley take part in this spirited, uplifting event. Participants complete a 3-mile walk, often in honor of loved ones -- a celebration of life and a tribute to those affected by breast and ovarian cancer.
Families, friends, co-workers and teams of walkers are invited to walk together. Individuals are also welcome to participate.
To preregister or make a donation, call 914-962-6402 or visit http://www.supportconnection.org/ www.supportconnection.org. In-person preregistration can be done at the Support Connection office, 40 Triangle Center, Suite 100, in Yorktown Heights, during these times: weekdays 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through Friday, Sept. 21; weekdays 9 a.m.-7 p.m. starting Monday, Sept. 24; and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.
The schedule for the 18th annual Support-A-Walk on Oct. 7 is as follows:
• 9 a.m.: Pre-walk activities and entertainment, including music.
Complimentary team photos.
• 9:15 a.m.: Welcoming remarks and reflections on the meaning of the day.
• 9:30 a.m.: Warm-up and stretching to music, led by staff from Club Fit.
• 10 a.m.: Ribbon-cutting ceremony and the walk begins.
• 10 a.m.-noon: Music from the Big Kahuna Band.
Throughout the morning, there will be awareness jewelry and stamps, greeting cards and other merchandise available, as well as information about Support Connection's free breast and ovarian cancer support groups, programs and services. There will also be a Survivors Welcome Area near the main tent, where volunteers will greet and welcome cancer survivors and present a token of recognition to each survivor.
To learn more about the Support-A-Walk or Support Connection's free services, call 914-962-6402 or visit www.supportconnection.org.