Amy Finney battled ovarian cancer a few years ago and after two surgeries, she was able to beat it. But the cancer came back for a rematch seven months ago.
This time is was much more aggressive and she was in true danger of it taking her life, Finney wrote on her fundraising page for the Yorktown-based Support Connection's 19th Annual Support-A-Walk this Sunday.
"By staying strong, fighting and keeping my faith, I was able to beat it again," she said.
For the third year in a row, Finney and her team Friends United Against Cancer – who are among the top money raising teams for the organization this year – will walk at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown on Sunday, Oct 6 to help raise awareness for breast and ovarian cancer.
Finney's aunt Lorraine also beat ovarian cancer, but her grandmother did not and passed away in 2003.
"Ovarian cancer is a silent killer," she wrote. "Many women who have ovarian cancer do not experience any signs or symptoms until it is too late."
Finney said she is asking people to help out in any way they can and make a donation to Support Connection's annual cancer walk.
"Every little bit counts," she said. "Please stand with us in our fight against ovarian cancer."
Another top money raising team for the organization this year is Estee's Angels. On its fundraising website, Fara Schueller wrote that her mother Estee was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"At that moment I felt the world stop," she wrote. "I was terrified...what was going to happen to her? Would I lose my best friend? Her wonderful doctor assured us that she would be ok. I had to have faith and believe that it would."
She watched her mother go through surgery and treatments, but Estee, Schueller wrote, remained strong and courageous. To help her deal with her fears and concerns, Estee contacted Support Connection. Through the organization that helped her "tremendously," she was able to become friends with other "incredible women."
"Now two years later, she is cancer free and doing wonderful," Schueller said. "I am so proud to call her my mom."
This year, Estee's Angels team will be walking in her honor as well as in the memory of Schueller's grandmother who lost her cancer battle.
"Please come out and join us for this incredible event," she wrote. "Also, please help me in my efforts to raise money for Support Connection, an incredible organization that gives unlimited support to women battling breast and/or ovarian cancer. They are also incredibly supportive to their families as well during this very difficult time! This event is crucial to provide money to this organization that depends on money from major events such as this."
Support Connection is a Yorktown based not-for-profit organization that offers a wide range of free programs and services to help women and others affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Its 3-mile Support-A-Walk, which was founded 19 years ago as a way to bring attention to their needs, is one of its biggest fundraisers.
For more amazing and inspirational stories of women fighting their cancer battles or raising money in memory of a loved one, click here.
It is not too late to join. Registration and donations are now being accepted for the Support-A-Walk. To learn more or to participate visit www.supportconnection.org or call 914-962-6402.
To help various teams raise money for the Walk, click here http://www.firstgiving.com/supportconnection/walk2013
Ambassadors for this year’s Support-A-Walk are Ginny Allison and Lauren Novotny, both cancer survivors. Read more about them by clicking here.
For some inspiring images from Support Connection's Support-A-Walk, click here.