About Rays of Hope
A Walk Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer
Since it was founded in 1994, Rays of Hope has been committed to improving the breast health of people in our communities with quality and compassion. Through the Baystate Health Foundation, the event has grown from 500 participants to over 22,000 and has raised $11.08 million - all of which has been awarded locally throughout western Massachusetts. 2009 marked the first year the Walk expanded into Franklin County.
At the 2010 Springfield location, the first Run Toward the Cure 8K was introduced.
In partnership with the Baystate Health Breast Network and Baystate Health Foundation, funding benefits the breast health programs at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Baystate Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, local breast cancer research at the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research, outreach and education, and various community support projects and organizations.
In 2011 $1.5 million was awarded over five years to form the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research at the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute, a collaboration between clinicians at Baystate Health and scientists at UMass-Amherst, to continue locally based breast cancer research on a broader scale.
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Funds are raised through Baystate Health Foundation, Inc., which is a nonprofit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization that supports the philanthropic efforts of all Baystate Health entities. The IRS tax-exempt number is 04-3549011