SUMMIT, NJ - Celebrating its 25th year of offering programs which provide hope, healing and empowerment to women with cancer or a history of cancer, Pathways, a program of The Connection, provides support, education and wellness services to women with cancer when they need it most.

All programs provided by Pathways are free-of-charge and help nourish the bodies and spirits of women with cancer.

When a woman undergoing cancer treatment is too ill to shop and cook for herself and her family, Pathways Cooks provides nutrient-rich, organic, delicious meals to her and her family every week during 5-week cycles from September through June. These meals are prepared and delivered by dedicated, loving volunteers, many of whom are cancer survivors and are empowered by helping other women with cancer.  

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The Pathways Dragon Boat Team – Team SOS (“Save our Sisters”) inspires female cancer survivors to paddle together weekly on a 40-foot dragon boat in a serene lake setting Lake Parsippany.  This floating support group paddles every Monday evening from April through October.  Many team members also participate in exhilarating dragon boat festivals at a variety of locations, from New Jersey to Florence, Italy.  No experience is necessary.

Women with breast or gynecological cancers are empowered by the Pathways Women’s Cancer Teaching Project which allows them to put a face to the disease of cancer.  These women share their poignant journeys during educational sessions with hundreds of doctors and students studying medicine in NJ each year.  The Project enhances patient-centered, humanistic healthcare in a way that textbooks cannot. 

When a woman undergoing cancer treatment cannot pay a utility or other bill because she is facing financial duress, the Pathways Financial Assistance Fund can help pay that bill.  The Fund offers direct financial support to women undergoing treatment for any type cancer in critical need of assistance to pay for necessities.

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 need to help women with cancer persevere and make meaning of their disease is critical. Through the help of compassionate donors, Pathways will be able to continue -- as it has for 25 years -- its commitment to serve women with cancer.

For more information about Pathways, call Lesley Andrews at 908-273-4242, ext. 154, or contact lesley.andrews@theconnectiononline.org. To support women with cancer by making a tax-deductible donation, visit  TheConnectionOnline.org and click on 'Donate Now'.