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'Thinking Pink' Year-Round, Pathways at The Connection Offers 'Oasis of Hope' for Women with Cancer

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Ann Berkery, Winnie Cavazini, Virginia Cepeda, Stacie Collins, Wendy Graeb, Julie Lanzone,, Erika Melchiorre, Betsy Phillips, Nora Radest, Marianne Suffern, June Wessel, Maria Williams with staff.
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SUMMIT, NJ - Pathways, a program of The Connection in Summit, is the only local cancer support program which directly impacts the surrounding community on a very personal level. For more than 23 years, 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." Pathways, through the support of donors, has been able to evolve over the years by increasing the number of direct services for women with cancer.  

Pathways Cooks provides nutrient-rich, organic, delicious meals to 24 women undergoing cancer treatment and their families every week. These meals are prepared and delivered by dedicated volunteers. Women who are too ill to shop and cook for themselves and their families can instead focus on healing.

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The Pathways Financial Assistance Fund offers direct financial support to women with any type cancer in critical need of assistance to pay for necessities while undergoing cancer treatment.

The Pathways Dragon Boat Team – Team SOS (“Save our Sisters”) inspires women with a history of any cancer to get exercise on Lake Parsippany with a weekly floating support group. And, Pathways’ Therapeutic Yoga Classes are offered twice a week at The Connection to women with a history of any cancer. The gentle yoga classes give cancer survivors the opportunity to manage stress while increasing strength and flexibility.  

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

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.

Contributions to Pathways create a significant ripple effect, helping not only the individual, but loved ones who depend on them as well. Resources are limited, and Pathways relies on donations to continue providing its programs free-of-charge.

For more information, or to make a contribution, call Lesley Andrews at 908-273-4242, ext. 154, or visit TheConnectionOnline.org.

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