Springfield, Mass. (WWLP) – Every year, cancer affects the lives of hundreds of thousands of people right here in western Massachusetts. That’s why a special Mass was held Saturday in Springfield to help raise awareness.
Something that everybody agreed with is that cancer knows no color, age or gender. Hundreds of people filled St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield for the fourth annual ‘Pink Mass’ celebration. The local non profit organization which organizes this event is called ‘Celebration of Hope of Western Massachusetts’.
Many people from a variety of cancer support agencies, medical professionals, and caregivers were at this Mass to not just acknowledge the very real reality of cancer, but to also join together in solidarity.
John Milbier Jr. of Springfield told 22News, “Unfortunately, I lost my brother five years ago to pancreatic cancer. And, again, unfortunately one of my best friends wife, a few months ago lost a very long battle with breast cancer.”
Funds raised by the organizers go to several cancer charities. The Pink Mass will be televised in its entirety on 22News Sunday morning at 6 o’clock.