Event to promote non-profit for cancer survivors

Doctor and cancer survivor created organization to help others fighting cancer

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Springfield Medical Associates doctor, who is a cancer survivor himself, wants to let other people fighting the disease know that they are not alone and there’s an event tonight to get the word out.

Fighting cancer can be a dark, scary and lonely process, which is why Springfield and Enfield Dr. Jay Burton, who’s a cancer survivor himself, founded Survivor Journeys; a non-profit designed to provide both social and emotional support.

“The people who come to our support groups, you can see they’re unburdening themselves, they’re talking amongst people who may not have had the same circumstances, but have had similar circumstances and that support is really fantastic to see,” Dr. Burton said.

The organization brings together local healthcare providers, cancer survivors and caregivers.

Dr. Burton says as a doctor himself, he knew what questions to ask fighting cancer, but not everyone fighting cancer has a medical background.

“I realized I needed to be able to help people who just don’t have that level of expertise and that’s how this all developed.”

Survivor Journeys is free and open to anyone, and now he’s trying to get the word out. A painting fundraiser is scheduled for tonight.

The fundraising event tonight (Thursday May 21st) is at Samuel’s in the Basketball Hall of Fame. It’s a paint party and goes from 7-9.

Space is limited for painting, but everyone is welcome to come and learn about the organization and services they offer.

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