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Debbi Torres: A Breast Cancer Survivor's Story

September 18, 2019

Debbi Torres of Springfield, MA, supports Rays of Hope through her own team and multiple events that lead up to the event. She shares the story behind her team and her passion for the cause.

Why do you walk for Rays of Hope?

We walk to support everyone going through various stages of breast cancer, and we walk to honor those that fought hard, but ultimately lost the fight.

What is your team name and how did you come up with it?

Carol’s Crazy Daisies. I had a different name years ago, but switched to this once my Mother started her battle with breast cancer. At first, it was to support her, but now we walk in her memory. Carol Stafford, we miss you dearly.

How many team members are there?

Officially online, we have two team members. Unofficially, there are eight that walk, but we have many more people behind the scenes who are continually supporting our events. Thank you, family and friends.

How do you fundraise as a team?

We have different events that we do throughout the year. We have had an English high tea, a yard sale, a color ‘n sip, a campfire with s’mores and hot dogs, and a backyard family movie night. We want to try and reach as many people as possible within our community. Before any of the events, we reach out through social media and ask for everyone we know to come and support this great cause.

How does supporting Rays of Hope and participating in the event make you feel?

We are honored and grateful to be able to help support such a worthy cause.

Do you do anything special, before, after or during the walk?

For the walk, we wear lots of pink, special team T-shirts and post at each mile marker.

How do you feel you have benefitted from Rays of Hope?

I am thankful to be part of such a large, giving community and be a part of such an amazing organization. It makes me and my team members happy to be able to give back to the community in which we live.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Everyone out there: Please donate to this great cause. No matter what the donation is, big or small, your donation will help have an impact on someone. Become involved, however you can.

Learn how you can join a team or start your own team through Rays of Hope.