Franklin County Rays of Hope Walk supports breast cancer research

Sunday's walks raised $650,000 for cancer research

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Hundreds of Franklin County breast cancer survivors, and those who care for them, filled the streets of downtown Greenfield Sunday afternoon.

This is the fourth year Baystate Franklin Medical Center has carried the Rays of Hope banner in support of its cancer survivors. More than 600 men and women raised breast cancer research dollars as they walked through the streets of Greenfield on a Sunday afternoon.

Carolyn Giard of Colrain was there with her team.

“I was diagnosed New Year’s Eve of last year, and went through a lumpectomy and radiation,” said Giard. “This is my team, Carolyn’s Caring Angels. Support is everything, you know, family and friends and community are really important when you face diagnoses like breast cancer. I can’t thank Rays of Hope enough.”

Pamela Noyes told 22News, “I’ve been a breast cancer survivor since 2005, and I’m here today with many of my fellow survivors and we’re here to support the Rays of Hope.”

The 600 were proud to know they played an important role in the western Massachusetts Rays of Hope raising the $650,000 for cancer research.

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