Rays of Hope Walk and Run in Springfield

Last year's event had an estimated 22,000 participants

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More 20,000 people will join the fight against breast cancer Sunday at the Rays of Hope Walk and Run in Springfield.

This was the 22nd annual Rays of Hope Walk and Run.

Registration  began at 8:30 a.m. at Temple Beth El on Dickinson Street. The runners took off at 9:00 a.m., followed by the walkers at 10:30 a.m.

The event first began in 1994, and since then, the organization has raised $12.4 million for breast cancer. The proceeds stay right here in western Massachusetts, and covers the cost of equipment, breast health programs, and outreach and education throughout Baystate Health. The funds also go towards grants for complementary therapies and cancer programs in the community.

Last year, the organization raised $650,000.

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