Meet Our Chair: Michelle Shattuck
I first became involved with Rays of Hope in 2008, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. The following year, when my second diagnosis revealed that the cancer had metastasized to my lymph-nodes, my desire to help others on their breast cancer journeys increased. Since then, I have had the privilege to serve as the 2010-2011 co-chair and 2012 chair of the Greenfield Rays of Hope steering Committee, as well as a Community Advisory Board member. I am now honored to be the 2014 Rays of Hope chair.
Through my involvement with the organization, I have had the pleasure of becoming friends with its courageous founder, Lucy Carvalho. In conversations with Lucy, I have learned about the inception of Rays of Hope and her motivation for creating this beautiful charity. Not surprising, love, hope and the desire to help others were her foundation. These three simple, yet fundamental elements are also the forces that energize me, and no doubt, every supporter. The love and selfless devotion that each one of you pour into Rays of Hope is what allows us to succeed and garner recognition in a variety of ways, such as being named The Republican and MassLive.com’s Reader Raves 2013 & 2014 Best Charity in the Pioneer Valley.
We are a young organization with a mission that energizes every fiber of our being. So, as we step toward our 2014 Rays of Hope – A Walk & Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer, let’s not forget that we are just 21, and the best is yet to come.