Danielle Recine, of Somers, watched her mother suffer through a number of complications from radiation and chemotherapy. She was just 20 years old when she lost her mother to breast cancer.
Now, 17 years later, in memory of her mother's illness Recine has been doing everything she can to help Support Connection, the Yorktown-based non profit organization which provides free support services to women with breast and ovarian cancer.
"I wish my mom had services like that when she was going through breast cancer," Recine said. "The education and support would have meant so much."
For the past five years she has found a variety of ways to raise money and make a difference. She was first inspired by her sister Michelle, who formed a group called "The Pink Ladies" and put together a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. Group members gave the proceeds to a hospital in their area, in upstate New York, that treats women with breast cancer.
Recine decided she too wanted to do something that would have a local impact in her own community. She began by participating in Support Connection’s Annual Support-A-Walk in 2008, walking each year with her family ever since.
A few years ago, she gathered together a group of her friends to form her own "Pink Ladies" team. They held a comedy night in Brewster that raised $5,000, and gave the proceeds to Support Connection.
Recine's efforts on behalf of the organization continue to flourish. Now a mother of two, she recently arranged for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop to create and donate some gift baskets for a Support Connection event.
She and her family will be at this year's Support-A-Walk with a team they call "Recine’s Renegades." The team has almost reached its goal of raising $500 and Recine is asking people to sponsor her team with donations.
Each year, the Walk brings thousands of people walking in memory, honor, or celebration of someone affected by breast or ovarian cancer. The 18th Annual Support-A-Walk will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7 at FDR State Park in Yorktown.
For more information about the Walk, visit Support Connection's website.
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