Support Connection Receives $26,000 from THE GYM to Support Breast Cancer Awareness

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Event Held by THE GYM of Armonk Benefits Support Connection, a Westchester Non-Profit Organization

THE GYM of Armonk, a premier fitness center and health club in Westchester County, recently hosted Taste of the Towns, a fundraising event benefitting Support Connection, a breast and ovarian cancer non-profit organization in Yorktown Heights, raising over $26,000 to combat the effects of this devastating disease.

Featuring over 45 local businesses, guests enjoyed offerings from the area’s finest restaurants, bakeries and boutiques. A silent auction featuring items such as an Eli Manning signed football, a Shaquille O’Neal signed basketball and a year-long membership to THE GYM helped to raise nearly $6,000. Actor Danny Aiello made a special guest appearance to help increase awareness for Support Connection.

“Support Connection is so grateful that THE GYM once again decided to support our organization for Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Katherine Quinn, Executive Director of Support Connection. “We are extremely excited that partnering with THE GYM allowed us to exceed our $20,000 fundraising goal.”

Founded in 1996, Support Connection provides one-on-one peer counseling, workshops, wellness classes, public education outreach and referral services to women diagnosed with breast and ovarian cancer – along with friends and families – in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties. Their toll-free support and information line (1-800-532-4290) helps people across the United States. With Support Connection, no one living with breast or ovarian cancer has to face the condition alone.

“Breast cancer is a devastating disease that affects not only the person diagnosed, but their family and friends,” said Jamie Nicastri, General Manager at THE GYM. “I am thrilled that we could lend our support and help to raise funds and awareness for Support Connection.”

According to the Westchester County Health Department, breast cancer kills more Westchester women than any other type of cancer except for respiratory-related cancers. Annual incidence rates of cancer have increased during recent years in the United States, though mortality rates have decreased, due in part to the influence of awareness, education and improved treatment. In 2009, an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 62,280 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

A variety of fundraisers were held at THE GYM throughout the month of October. Opportunities to give included a Spin-A-Thon, Sage Yoga Classes, Spa Day at the escape spa, Pink Hair Extensions and Pink Shakes, available at THE GYM’s Juice Bar.

THE GYM of Armonk is located at 99 Business Park Drive, Armonk NY. For more information, please visit http://www.GetToTheGym.com/Armonk or call (914) 219 -1601.

About Support Connection
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. Services include: One-on-one peer counseling and support groups, offering women the opportunity to connect with other cancer survivors; ongoing wellness classes; Holistic health workshops; public educational programs; information; referral services and a toll-free cancer information and support hotline (1-800-532-4290.) Support groups and other programs are often offered outside of business hours at convenient locations in Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess counties. To learn more, visit http://www.supportconnection.org or call (914) 962-6402.

About THE GYM of Armonk
THE GYM is a complete lifestyle and fitness center, designed to promote healthy living in a first class atmosphere. Its unique approach integrates specialized training programs with nutrition and weight management counseling for total body conditioning and optimal fitness. THE GYM is known for its superior quality equipment, expert staff and special amenities, including a clothing boutique, juice bar, spa and child play area. The staff’s attentive service and the facility’s array of programs and services provide guests with a state-of-the-art experience. THE GYM is located on 99 Business Park Drive, Armonk, NY 10504. Please visit http://www.GetToTheGym.com/Armonk or call (914) 219-1601.

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