SUMMIT, NJ - The loyal friends and advocates of The Connection’s Pathways Women’s Cancer Support program recently hosted a series of receptions that raised awareness and $35,000 for the program, the intimate “Gather to Give” parties held leading up to and throughout October in conjunction with “Breast Cancer Awareness Month."

“We were fortunate to have an outstanding group of volunteers serve as hosts for this effort,” stated Lesley Andrews, Pathways Director, who added, “We were overwhelmed by the tremendous response to these events, which confirmed once again how The Connection’s programs are so valued in our community. Contributions to Pathways create a tremendous ripple effect, helping not only the individual, but loved ones who depend on them as well. Resources are limited, and Pathways counts on donations to continue providing its programs free-of-charge."

Pathways Women’s Cancer Support is the only local cancer support program which directly impacts the surrounding community on a very personal level. For more than two decades, Pathways has created an "oasis of hope" for women with a history of cancer by offering support, wellness and educational programs, free-of-charge.  Regardless of their stage of treatment or survivorship, women can find a connection with other women who have heard the terrifying words “you have cancer.”

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Pathways Cooks has prepared and delivered more than 8,500 delicious, healthy meals to women with cancer and their families since 2011. Women who are too ill to shop and cook for themselves and their families can instead focus on healing. Volunteers are always welcome as cooks to assist in the kitchen or as drivers to deliver throughout the communities. Many volunteers are cancer survivors themselves and enjoy the camaraderie of working together to help women in need.

The Pathways Women’s Cancer Teaching Project empowers women with breast or gynecological cancers to share their journeys with doctors and students studying medicine at over 17 healthcare institutions throughout New Jersey. The Project encourages patient-centered, humanistic healthcare in a way that textbooks cannot. Since 2003, our survivors have spoken to over 6,000 healthcare professionals and students, assisting women with cancer to make meaning of their disease.

Therapeutic Yoga classes are offered twice a week at The Connection to provide female cancer survivors with the opportunity to manage stress while increasing strength and flexibility.

Pathways Team SOS NJ is the only cancer survivor dragon boat team in the area. The team inspires women with a history of cancer to join a “floating support group” while getting exercise and breathing fresh air at beautiful Lake Parsippany.

Pathways support groups, led by a trained facilitator, are offered for breast and gynecological cancer survivors when interest is expressed by enough women to form a group.

For more information about the programs, volunteer opportunities, or ways to make a contribution, contact Andrews by calling 908-273-4242, ext. 154, visit TheConnectionOnline.org, or stop by at 79 Maple Street.