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Rays of Hope Walk raises money for breast cancer research

Thousands of walkers and runners will hit the pavement Oct. 28 to support breast health in western Massachusetts as part of the 19th annual Rays of Hope — A Walk Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer, and its accompanying 3rd annual Run Toward the Cure 8K.

This year’s annual walk events, presented by Health New England, are set for Springfield and Greenfield, while the run is only held in Springfield. Last year, some 21,000 combined walkers and runners from Springfield and Greenfield, including more than 600 teams, took part in the Rays of Hope.

Since 1994, Rays of Hope has raised $10.25 million, all of which has remained in local communities to support efforts on behalf of patients and their families affected by breast cancer.

As in past years, the Springfield walk and run begin at Temple Beth El on Dickinson Street where registration is set for 9 a.m. The Greenfield walk begins at Energy Park on Miles Street with registration at 10 a.m.

Local businesses and services will offer information and giveaways in the exhibitor tents. Also, the Pink Hope Lounge in Springfield, sponsored by The Walking Company, and in Greenfield, will welcome breast cancer survivors with special treats followed by the 2012 survivors’ photo at 10 a.m. in Springfield and 11:30 a.m. in Greenfield.

Participants can register for both the walk and run online at baystatehealth.org/raysofhope.

All money raised through the Rays of Hope is administered by the Baystate Health Foundation. Over the years, funds have supported the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research, as well as treatment, breast health outreach and education, and the purchase of medical equipment.

For more information, call 413-794-8001 or visit baystatehealth.org/raysofhope.

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