Celebrating 21 years at the 2014 Rays of Hope Walk and 8K Run Toward the Cure!
On Sunday, October 19 more more than 20,000 people took steps toward the cure of breast cancer. Participants stepped off in both Springfield and Greenfield in a sea of pink for the 2, 3 or 5-mile routes along the Walk & Run. Presented by Health New England, we celebrated 21 years of supporting breast health in western Massachusetts this year and we ended the day with $650,000 raised! Since 1994, Rays of Hope has raised over $12 million, all of which has remained local, helping the people in our communities throughout Western Massachusetts.
Rays of Hope Walk & 8K Run - Springfield, Ma Location Highlights
Setting it all Up
We could not put the Rays of Hope Walk together without the hundreds of volunteers who help us each year!
The Walk & 8K Run Toward the Cure
In it's 5th year, the 8K Run Toward the Cure took to the streets just minutes before The Walk in Springfield! It all began at Temple Beth El on Dickinson Street. Large tents, pink balloons, music, colorful flags and a festive, hopeful atmosphere welcomed the participants. Local businesses and services offered information and giveaways in the Exhibitor Tent. Rays of Hope merchandise including sweatshirts, vests and pink hoodies, flew off the shelves in the Store. The Pink Hope Lounge, beautifully decorated by McClelland's Florist in Chicopee, welcomed nearly 600 breast cancer survivors and guests and much cheering took place during the annual breast cancer surivors' photo at 10:00 a.m. The survivors then danced back to the stage to the song, "I Will Survive." The Run Toward the Cure 8K started at 10:15 a.m. and the Walk Toward The Cure stepped off at 10:30 a.m. in a sea of pink shirts and smiling faces!
The 2014 Survivors' Photo - Springfield!
Survivors were treated to a handmade pink scarf through the generosity of craftspeople locally and across the country. Many of the survivors were overwhelmed by the beautiful gift and the love put into making the scarves for them.
Special thanks to the numerous local businesses who sponsored water stops along the 2 and 5-mile routes! Click for a Listing of 2014 Sponsors.
All along the Walk routes participants were entertained by many local musicians, singers and dancers who volunteered their time and talents to Rays of Hope. We know you enjoyed them because we caught you dancing and singing along!
Buses & Volunteers
Special thanks to the many buses and drivers who helped shuttle everyone safely to the Walk and to the volunteers who helped in the parking lots and getting everyone on the right buses! Special thanks to Baystate Reference Laboratories, First Student and Peter Pan!