Rays of Hope Walk & Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer may have looked a bit different on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, but the sentiments of attendees remained the same: supporting breast cancer survivors.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, this year’s event adapted to a drive-thru Parade of Hope, held at Temple Beth El in Springfield, followed by a virtual Celebration of Hope with messages of encouragement and support from the Rays of Hope community.
Supporters came out in full force, as the parade welcomed participants driving through in hundreds of cars and on motorcycles to enjoy the pink sights and sounds, including the iconic pink archway. This year's event raised $250,000 and counting toward breast cancer research, education, and support for survivors, which is how Rays of Hope refers to those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
“We are so grateful that our community came out in support of Rays of Hope again this year,” shared Kathy Tobin, director of Annual Giving and Events, Baystate Health Foundation. “These funds stay in western Massachusetts and when each dollar is spent, it’s with the intention of supporting survivors and finding the cure of breast cancer. When you make a gift, you are really joining the fight in your community.”
Rays of Hope began as a grassroots effort 27 years ago to raise money to support local women and men while investing in meaningful research, and its mission is more important than ever today. According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women develop breast cancer. Rays of Hope is there for those who receive a diagnosis, supporting patients with everything from therapies and prosthetics to educational and support programs. Regionally, funding also supports new developments from the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research and care at the Baystate Regional Cancer Program.
There is still time to donate to Rays of Hope Walk & Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer. You can also access resources through Rays of Hope online.