She is also a breast cancer survivor who chronicled her journey in her memoir, “How Connie Got Her Rack Back;” a bold “in your face” look at cancer with a comical twist. In 2012, Connie began raising money for non-profits providing services to cancer patients before starting her own foundation, Get Your Rack Back (GYRB for short) in March 2015. Collectively, GYRB events have raised over $200,000 to provide assistance for cancer patients and cancer research; some funds donated to other not for profits, such as the American Cancer Society. Since 2015, funds raised by GYRB have provided meal delivery, grocery, gas and restaurant gift cards as well as physician/hospital co-pay assistance to 240 cancer patients in Upstate NY. GYRB has also stuffed and delivered over 1500 Christmas stockings to children affected by cancer in the last four years. Connie’s mission is for GYRB to assist one patient, one family at a time. She believes that everyone has the ability to make a difference in the lives of others.
Connie is a featured contributor for the online magazine, BizCatalyst360.com, has appeared on the cover of HerLife NY magazine, has written several articles for Womenz Straight Talk Magazine and was awarded the Hyatt’s prestigious Portrait of Understanding Award for her work with cancer patients. She is also a contributing author to several books including The She Shift, Chaos to Clarity and Crappy to Happy. Connie believes that laughter is the best medicine and writes about her everyday antics with a snarky sense of humor in her blog, The Humor of It All.