SUMMIT, NJ - More than 160 members of the Pathways community joined together to celebrate the organization's Silver Anniversary 'Casino Night' at Canoe Brook Country Club -- a fundraiser and milestone event that celebrated Pathways, a program of The Connection, providing support, wellness and educational programs, free-of-charge, to women with a history of cancer for 25 years.

The event raised more than $42,000 to help hundreds of women with cancer benefit from many of Pathways’ programs on a direct level. For more than two decades, Pathways has provided hope, support and empowerment to women with a history of cancer.  Regardless of their stage of treatment or survivorship, women can find a connection with other women who have heard the life-altering words “you have cancer.”

As one guest remarked, “Everyone was so happy to be there, knowing they were supporting such an important cause.”

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Pathways Director Lesley Andrews credits her Anniversary event committee as being responsible for such a triumphant evening.  “Marie Avagliano, Terry Jacobs, Ann Karr, Alicia Molnar and Mary Orloff went above and beyond to make this event a success.”

The event was sponsored by Atlantic Health System, Stad’s Crabfest, Celgene, Pandora Women, and the Summit Medical Group Foundation.

Since 1994, Pathways has provided hope, support and empowerment to women with a history of cancer -- regardless of their stage of treatment or survivorship.

Pathways Cooks volunteers prepare and deliver organic, nutritious and delicious meals to women undergoing cancer treatment and their families every week from September through June in five-week cycles.  Since 2011, Pathways Cooks has served over 11,000 meals. Women who are too weak or ill to cook meals for themselves or their families can instead focus on healing. The volunteers, many of whom are cancer survivors, enjoy the camaraderie of working together to help women in need.

The Pathways Women’s Cancer Teaching Project empowers breast and gynecological cancer survivors to share their cancer experiences with doctors and medical school, nursing, physician assistant and pastoral care students. These survivors or “Patient Educators” put a face to the disease, helping to enhance patient-centered humanistic care in a way that textbooks and lectures cannot. Since 2003, the Pathways Patient Educators have spoken to over 7,000 healthcare professionals and students at over 17 medical centers and universities in New Jersey.

Pathways Team 'Save Our Sisters' (SOS) brings together female cancer survivors and their supporters to paddle on dragon boats weekly on beautiful Lake Parsippany and also participate in exhilarating races in places as close as within the Garden State to as far away as Italy. Team members are inspired to strengthen their bodies while participating in a 'floating support group'. They find meaning in dragon boating which is life-changing.

The Pathways Financial Assistance Fund helps women undergoing cancer treatment who are under financial duress pay rent or medical, utility or other bill.  

Therapeutic Yoga classes offered twice weekly at The Connection give female cancer survivors the opportunity to manage stress while increasing strength and flexibility.

All of the funds raised help not only women with cancer or a history of cancer, but their loved ones who depend on them as well. Pathways relies on donations to continue to provide its programs free-of-charge and is very grateful to all who gave their support during this extraordinary event.

To learn more about Pathways, or make a life-changing contribution, call Lesley Andrews at 908-273-4242, ext. 154, or visit theconnectiononline.org and click on “Community Support” and “Pathways Women’s Cancer Support."