SUMMIT, NJ - The 9th annual “Art in Autumn," an exhibit honoring women cancer survivors, will again be hosted by Pathways, a program of The Connection.. A public wine and cheese reception September 22, from 6:30 - 8 p.m., will kick off the event, with artists available for conversation.

Thirty-four 34 pieces of artwork, created by both novice and professional survivor / artists, will be on display from mid-September until late October in celebration of ovarian and breast cancer awareness months. The collection includes pastels, watercolors, oil paintings, canvas, paper mosaics and photography.

“Through art, women can find relief from the physical and emotional challenges of cancer treatment and its aftermath, and may achieve a sense of peace through the exploration of creative outlets,” states Lesley Andrews, Pathways Director. Pathways offers a variety of ways to help women heal during and after cancer treatment.
 
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Pathways provides support, education and wellness programs for women with cancer, creating a community in which shared experiences lead to personal growth and healing, including:

- Pathways Cooks volunteers prepare healthy meals that sustain patients and their families through treatment

- New Dragon Boat paddlers are embraced and share in the camaraderie of Team SOS

- Support groups allow women to share their cancer journeys

- Women undergoing cancer treatment in dire financial need receive assistance from the Pathways Financial Assistance Fund

- Patient Educators train healthcare providers about the realities of living with cancer.

Pathways, one of the only local organizations that provides direct services to women with cancer, is committed to empowering women to recognize their strengths and encouraging them to make choices that enable them to become their own self-care advocates.

Programs are available free of charge to female cancer survivors. For more information about Pathways contact Lesley Andrews, Pathways Director, at 908-273-4242, ext. 154, or visit TheConnectionOnline.org.

The Connection, located at 79 Maple Street, is a non-profit, human service organization providing a variety of programs and activities open to everyone in the community regardless of physical ability or economic circumstance.