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Rays of Hope founder, Lucy Giuggio Carvalho, to be keynote speaker at Breast Cancer Survivors’ Day on April 16

March 21, 2016
Lucy Giuggio

Lucy Giuggio Carvalho, MSN, RN-BC, the celebrated founder of the Rays of Hope - Walk and Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer, will be the keynote speaker at the 19th Annual Rays of Hope Breast Cancer Survivors’ Day on Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MassMutual Center, 1277 Main St., Springfield.

Highly accomplished and driven by her passion for helping others, Carvalho will present an address entitled “A Walk in the Park – A Journey of Hope,” which will focus on her journey through her breast cancer diagnosis and the events leading up to her founding of the Rays of Hope. She will also discuss her inspiration through faith, the connected paths in our lives, and how a simple walk in a park evolved into a journey of hope for herself and for so many others.

Carvalho, who was diagnosed at age 38 with early-stage breast cancer in 1993, organized the first walk soon afterwards. At the time, she was a registered nurse in the oncology unit at Baystate Medical Center. Today, Carvalho,is a full-time clinical instructor in the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She remains active on the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research Advisory Board.

With over 30 years of experience in community health nursing in home and hospice care, Carvalho started a home hospice program in the Boston area. Most recently, as a board certified case manager, she worked in long-term care as the director of Case Management at Jewish Geriatric Services in Longmeadow.

In addition to Carvalho’s keynote address, participants can select two workshops to attend from among: “Estrogen and the Environment,” “Healthy Gut for a Healthier Body,” “Current Issues in Breast Imaging: What Patients Should Know,” “Tai Chi – Regain 8 Years of Youth,” “A Good Night’s Sleep,” “Self-Nurturing,” “Lymphedema and Other Breast Cancer Related Topics – The Reality and the Myth,” and “Finding Space in Your Place.”

There will also be two sessions offered in Spanish only – “Fabulous Fascinators” and “Cancer de seno en la mujer latina.”

There will also be two interactive stations which participants can choose to participate in during the day. In “Paint Social Art,” a local artist will guide painters – no experience necessary – in creating their own mini-painting which they can display at home. At the “Creative Card Bar,” women can make a do-it-yourself card.

There will also be networking opportunities throughout the day and the chance to visit with several exhibitors who will sell a variety of breast-related products and more.

A buffet luncheon will be served.

Registration is required. The cost is $35 per person, with the remaining dollars underwritten by the Rays of Hope.

For those unable to afford the fee, a limited number of scholarships are available for breast cancer survivors by calling Sandy Hubbard, NP, at the Rays of Hope Outreach Office at 413-794-9556.

For more information, or to request a registration form, call 413-794-9556.

Also, for more information on Rays of Hope, visit