YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Michael W. Murphy has been elected the new president of the Board of Directors for Support Connection, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that provides free support services to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer.

Murphy, a Cortlandt Manor resident, has been a member of the Support Connection Board of Directors since 2004. He first became aware of the organization after his wife, Nancy, was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in 1998. Nancy reached out to Support Connection for help, and became a passionate advocate for the organization up until her untimely death in 2001. In addition to serving as a board member and now board president, Murphy has volunteered for Support Connection in various capacities, including co-facilitating a support group for men who lost their wives to breast or ovarian cancer.

Murphy was born, raised and educated in the New York area. He received his undergraduate degree from Fordham University and his MBA from NYU. He married Nancy in 1975. They have two sons, Jon and Phill.

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Before retiring in 2004, Murphy worked for Altria Corp., where he held various sales and marketing positions. He now works for Nat Sherman Inc., handling regulatory compliance matters. He enjoys spending time with loved ones, especially his son Jo and family (including grandson, Finn) in Mexico City, and his son Phill and family in California. His other leisure interests include golf, swimming, sailing and travel.

The Support Connection Board of Directors is a diverse group of dedicated volunteers who devote their time and talents to helping fulfill the organization’s mission. The board includes cancer survivors, family members, business leaders and members of the community. In addition to providing governance for the organization, the board works to raise funds and pursue resources to enhance and sustain Support Connection’s programs and services.

This year, Support Connection celebrates 20 years of providing free breast and ovarian cancer support services. Since the organization was founded two decades ago, they have helped thousands of women and families cope with the challenges that result from a breast or ovarian cancer diagnosis.