Rays of Hope raises $750,000 for cancer research
GREENFIELD — Rays of Hope — A Walk and Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer that took place in Greenfield and Springfield this year, raised $750,000 with 24,000 walkers and runners.
They stepped off from Temple Beth El in Springfield and from the Energy Park in Greenfield on Sept. 20.
It was Springfield’s 20th and Greenfield’s fifth walk.
“We are grateful for the nearly 500 volunteers who generously gave their time and talent to help make this wonderful community event possible, and appreciate each and every sponsor, supporter, walker and runner, many of whom are breast cancer survivors, for helping to make this another great year,” said Jane Albert, vice president of development and executive director of the Baystate Health Foundation, who celebrated three years as a breast cancer survivor at this year’s event.
Nearly $12 million has been raised by Rays of Hope during its 20-year history, which began in 1994 with 500 walkers and $50,000 total. Founded by breast cancer survivor Lucy Giuggio Carvalho, who was a nurse at the time at Baystate Medical Center, the Rays of Hope is the most successful fund raising walk and run in western Massachusetts for breast cancer.
All money raised remains local and is administered by the Baystate Health Foundation. Over the years, funds have supported the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research, as well as treatment, breast health outreach and education, and the purchase of state-of-the art equipment through the Baystate Health Breast Network, including Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, and various community projects throughout western Massachusetts.
For more information about Rays of Hope — A Walk and Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer, call 413-794-8001 or visit www.baystatehealth.com/raysofhope.