2016 Rays of Hope Run/Walk | Sunday, October 30th
Rays of Hope - A Walk/Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer
Gale Toyota wants to thank all of the volunteers, event organizers, entertainment, vendors, family and friends and most of all the many survivors and those battling cancer for such a great event! We are so proud to be a part of this event and we will continue to support the battle against breast cancer.
The Baystate Health Foundation Rays of Hope Walk is in its 22nd year and was stronger than ever! More than $650,000 raised this year took their total over $13 million dollars over the 22 years. Each year the walk attracts over 20,000 participants walking and running in support of the local breast cancer patients and survivors. Gale Toyota was a Platinum sponsor this year.
We'll see you next year!
About Rays of Hope
Rays of Hope - A Walk Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer was founded in 1994 by Springfield native, Lucy Giuggio, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Funds are raised for Rays of Hope through the Baystate Health Foundation which is a non-profit. Rays of Hope has funded nearly $2.2 million dollars in breast cancer research projects. Of that, $1.84 million has gone to local research at Baystate Medical Center at the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute. Two years ago, with a gift of $1.5 million ($300,000/yr. for five years) the new Rays of Hope Breast Cancer Research Center was established at the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute in Springfield, MA.
Rays of Hope Funded Programs
- Thank you for your support! Hope to see you next year!
- All Rays of Hope Funding Stays Local
- Programs and workshops for breast cancer patients and survivors throughout Western New England
- Research on breast cancer detection and treatments at the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research at the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute and the Baystate Health Breast Network
- State of the art equipment
- Wigs, breast prosthesis and lympehedema garments for uninsured breast cancer patients
- Cab ride vouchers for low income breast cancer patients during treatment
- Breast cancer education programs
- Outreach to minority and over-committed women
The photo shows many of the survivors that were present at this years event. The sea of pink is always inspiring, and knowing that the battle can be won is even more inspiring.