Although breast cancer survival rates have been increasing in New Jersey and throughout the country, every year approximately 1,300 women in the state die of the disease. About 7,200 women in New Jersey are diagnosed with breast cancer annually.
Carolyn Choate of New Hampshire has survived breast cancer. To help raise awareness — and $500,000 for research into the disease — she is making a 300-mile “River of Life” kayak journey along the Delaware River from Port Jervis, NY to Baltimore, MD to pay tribute to cancer survivors. She also wants to honor Dr. Angela Brodie, a pioneer in the discovery and development of aromatase inhibitors, which are central to the treatment of estrogen-driven breast cancer, the most common form of the disease in postmenopausal women.
Choate began the journey with her daughter on August 10, making stops along the way to highlight what different communities are doing to fight cancer. As part of the journey, they will stop in Trenton today where Choate will meet Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett — and highlight the New Jersey State Cancer Registry, a vital tool in researching and tracking cancer trends. They will be at the Trenton Public Boat Ramp, 1601 Lamberton Road, at 3 p.m.