SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield city employees wore “Pink and Denim” to work on Thursday in observance of breast cancer awareness month. This was a follow up to a donation by city employees to Baystate Medical Center’s Rays of Hope program to find a cure for breast cancer.
Mayor Domenic Sarno and representatives from Baystate Medical Center gathered at City Hall for an event to honor those affected by this disease. City Hall employees wore pink to work in recognition of the event.
Longtime facilities department employee Al Rodriguez told 22News that the show of support was especially meaningful for him. “You don’t feel alone, you see the camaraderie,” Rodriguez explained. “You see, my wife is a six-year survivor.”
Donations for Rays of Hope were collected in the Mayor’s Office from October 14-26. Rays of Hope provides funding to breast health programs at the Baystate Breast & Wellness Center, as well as the breast cancer care programs at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, and several community organizations.