SUMMIT, NJ - Accomplished artist and breast cancer survivor Susan Hope Schaffer will display her acrylic paintings in a special exhibit entitled "Visions of Hope - Cancer Journeys Reflecting Inspiration and Hope," beginning with a special opening event on May 30, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at The Connection in Summit.

The exhibit -- featuring 17 poignant portraits of cancer survivors along with stories of their hopeful struggles -- is present by Pathways, a program of The Connection. Many of the portraits are of Pathways participants and volunteers.

Pathways is a program of The Connection that provides educational resources and ongoing support for women with cancer, creating a community in which shared experiences lead to personal growth and healing.

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A portion of the proceeds of the sale of any artwork will be donated to Pathways; refreshments will be provided and the reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be running through the summer at The Connection.

The Bethlehem, PA, resident is a self-taught artist and studies oil painting at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem with local artist, William Christine. Schaffer's work highlights how her medical team, family, and other cancer survivors gave her hope through her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Schaffer’s creations have been exhibited at the Anderson Campus of St. Luke’s Cancer Center, Easton, PA, Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown, PA, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Edison, and Fox Chase Cancer Center and Fox Chase Train Station at Oxford Avenue, both in Philadelphia.

The Connection is located at 79 Maple Street.