Westchester Author Raising Funds for Women’s Cancer Services

Cathleen O'Connor, author of "Harriet Takes the Wheel"

Cathleen O’Connor, author of Harriet Takes the Wheel, is leading a movement to take women from frenzy to freedom. In the process, O’Connor intends to raise $5,000 for Support Connection, an organization based in Yorktown Heights that provides free, confidential support services to people across the country who are affected by breast and ovarian cancer. O’Connor says that 20% of her Harriet Takes the Wheel book sales will go directly to Support Connection, which offers such services as peer counselling, support groups, wellness workshops, education and referrals. The organization’s annual Support-A-Walk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer is scheduled for Sunday, October 3, 2010.

O’Connor is also providing a free guided imagery meditation designed to maintain calm and peace in those undergoing chemotherapy. This downloadable 30-minute audio will be given to anyone who requests it. In addition, a webinar entitled “The 7 Powers Every Woman Possesses” will be available for free to anyone who buys the book and donates an additional $15 to Support Connection. During the webinar, O’Connor will share inspiring stories from women across the country who made unexpected life transitions, triumphed over adversity and found their own sense of empowerment.

To purchase Harriet Takes the Wheel: A Fable that goes from Frenzy to Freedom, visit HarrietTakestheWheel.com.

For more info about Cathleen O’Connor, visit cathleenoconnor.com or call 914.432.5038. To learn about the Support Connection and their services, visit supportconnection.org or call 800.532.4290.

Living and Thriving After Breast Cancer

Rochelle Togo-Figa

Rochelle Togo-Figa

Rochelle Togo-Figa wants post-treatment breast cancer survivors to redesign their lives and thrive. Rochelle’s dream is to gather women who have survived breast cancer and inspire them to transform their experience into something great. Sixteen years after her own breast cancer diagnosis, with a successful company and the life of her dreams underway, Rochelle is ready to give back with the one-day retreat “Your Life After Breast Cancer: Step Into Your Purpose and Thrive.”  Rochelle wants to show women how to design and enjoy an exceptional life with the tools, techniques and tips she has perfected as a coach.

“A breast cancer diagnosis changes your life,” says Rochelle, “and statistically, 98 percent of women diagnosed with cancer confined to the breast are alive five years later.  But the ‘missing link’ in the health care system is the lack of post treatment support.” Rochelle says that once a patient ends treatment and returns to her normal life, she needs encouragement to make the personal life changes needed to pursue dreams and move from surviving to thriving.

Your Life after Breast Cancer: Step into Your Purpose and Thrive Retreat will be held on June 26 at the Marriott Courtyard in Rye, NY. For more information and to register, contact Rochelle Togo-Figa at 914.923.6351 or visit www.yourlifeafterbreastcancer.com/step-into-your-purpose

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