SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Cancer doesn’t just affect a patient. It affects their family and friends and having a trusted support system in a time of need is crucial to help fight the disease.
During this celebration of hope, dozens of balloons were released into the sky to honor the memories of those who lost their battle with cancer. The Celebration of Hope Dinner was held in Springfield to raise both money and awareness. “It’s really just important to keep awareness a live, keep the attention on it and keep raising the funds and hopefully we can cure it at some point,” said Lisa Cousineau of Springfield.
The dinner/dance continued a global conversation on how to combat cancer. Many people said having a good support system is crucial to overcoming the mental hurdles of a diagnosis. “It’s huge because for me I was very open about my cancer and everybody was there for me. They talked to me and it seems like when you talk to people it’s like, ‘oh my god my mom had cancer, my sister had cancer,'” said Kimberly Clemons of Springfield.
Contributions being made off of items like bags and wrist bands that say “Celebration of Hope” are going to help out local cancer agencies. “I think it’s important because when you’re faced with a diagnoses, or you’re faced with such a challenge, as cancer presents, life threatening challenge, it can feel overwhelming. You could feel hopeless, you could feel nobody knows what you’re going through,” said Terry Hegarty, chair of Celebration of Hope Committee.
22News Storm Team Meteorologist Nick Bannin Emceed the event. People attended the dinner for different reasons, but the common thread was the impact that cancer has had on their lives, essentially bringing them together to support a cause.