Celebrating 19 years at the 2012 Rays of Hope Walk and 8K Run Toward the Cure!
On Sunday, October 28 more more than 22,000 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 19 years of supporting breast health in western Massachusetts this year and we ended the day with $838,000 raised! Since 1994, Rays of Hope has raised $11.08 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. Special thanks to the students from Sabis International Charter School in Springfield, MA who, as Route Marshalls, make sure we all know where we're going, and the students from Enrico Fermi High School in Enfield, CT who create our gorgeous pink balloon arch, (thanks to Joanne at Advantages in Marketing for donating the balloons, and to MicroTek, Inc. for sponsoring the arch,too!!)
The Walk & 8K Run Toward the Cure
In it's third 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. The Food Tent had people lined up for some tasty treats, with all proceeds benefiting Rays of Hope. 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 500 breast cancer survivors and guests and much cheering took place as 198 women posed for 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 official program began with Baystate Health President and CEO, Mark Tolosky welcoming everyone and then then the Walk stepped off at 10:30 a.m. in a sea of pink shirts and smiling faces!
The 2011 Survivors' Photo - Springfield!
Survivors were treated to a handmade pink scarf through the generosity of craftspeople locally and across the country. The Pink Scarf Project began in Greenfield during last year's Rays of Hope and this year it was introduced in Springfield. Many of the survivors were overwhelmed by the beautiful gift and the love put into it.
Special thanks to the numerous local businesses who sponsored water stops along the 2 and 5-mile routes! Click for a Listing of 2011 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! Click for the 2011 Entertainment lisitng.
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 Balise, First Student and Peter Pan!