“You are the reason why Rays of Hope has been so successful,” shouted event founder Lucy Guiggio-Carvahlo from the stage at the 26th annual Rays of Hope Walk & Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer on Oct. 27.
And, she’s right. Since Lucy’s vision became a reality in 1994, more than $15 million has been raised through Rays of Hope, all of which stays local. These funds support research at the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research, state-of-the-art equipment, breast health programs, outreach and education throughout Baystate Health, and grants for complimentary therapies and cancer programs throughout western Massachusetts.
Though it was a rainy morning, the route swelled with walkers and runners, with participants showing up to make a difference, show their support, and in many cases, heal.
Today we’re here to cheer on those who are actively going through treatment, applaud the survivors, and to remember those how have left this life,” shared Grace Makari-Judson, MD, during the event’s program.
There’s still time to help. Your donation can help in the fight to see a generation without breast cancer. Donate today.