The Carey Foundation, DBA The Tutu Project™, has awarded a $7,500 grant to Pathways Women’s Cancer Support to benefit breast cancer patients who receive financial assistance from the Pathways Financial Assistance Fund.

Pathways, a program of The Connection, provides support to women with cancer or a history of cancer on a very personal and direct level.  For over 25 years, Pathways has created an oasis of hope for women with cancer, offering support, wellness and educational programs, all free-of-charge.

This generous grant will be used to allow the Pathways Financial Assistance Fund help pay the bills of women who are undergoing breast cancer treatment and in dire financial need.  When a woman is diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing treatment, she may be faced with the inability to work and the crippling financial crisis which ensues.  Rent, medical, utility and other bills begin to mount. Pathways does its part to help alleviate some of the burden.   The Pathways Financial Assistance Fund will pay one or more bills on behalf of an underserved woman who qualifies under the program. 

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“Pathways helps women with cancer in so many ways.  The Financial Assistance Fund, in particular, helps address a need within the medical system which is often neglected – financial insecurity due to a cancer diagnosis” says Lesley Andrews, Pathways Director.  “This Fund would not be possible without the generous support of organizations like The Carey Foundation in association with The Tutu Project.  We, along with the women we serve, are very grateful for The Carey Foundation’s support.”


The Tutu Project, founded by Bob and Linda Carey in 2003, is an organization dedicated to providing cheer and support to breast cancer patients.  After Linda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, Bob began taking photos of himself wearing only a pink tutu in public places to put a smile on Linda’s face. His playful and creative solution to providing support during difficult times quickly went viral, inspiring Bob and Linda to establish The Tutu Project™. Their mission is to help people with breast cancer get through their day with support for all those things that cancer doesn’t care about. All the everyday stuff that suddenly becomes unaffordable – even for people with insurance. To do this, they provide partnership opportunities to esteemed breast cancer non-profit organizations who share their vision for an empowered breast cancer community. 

For more information about Pathways, or to make a tax-deductible donation to support its invaluable free programs and the women they serve, call Lesley Andrews at (908) 273-4242, ext. 154, email Lesley.andrews@theconnectiononline.org or go to theconnectiononline.org and click on the “Donate Now” button and select “Pathways Women’s Cancer Support”.