Costume Ball supports cancer survivors in Agawam

Survivor Journeys is a non-profit that develops programs to support survivors of specific cancers

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – 200 people donned costumes at Chez Josef in Agawam, Friday, night for the 2nd annual Survivor Journeys Halloween Gala.

Founder Dr. Jay Burton told 22News Survivor Journeys is a non-profit that develops programs for survivors of specific cancers, such as melanoma, blood cancers, and breast cancer. He said it provides support for cancer patients after they’ve completed their treatments and doctor’s visits.

“There’s much more than just a medical component of treating cancer,” said Dr. Burton. “There’s the emotional aspects that don’t really get addressed on the doctor’s office.  And that’s why we founded Survivor Journeys.”

Breast Cancer survivor Cindy Sheridan Murphy of West Springfield dressed as a cowgirl for the costume ball.  She serves as a mentor for one of the support groups. “Survivor Journeys is an awesome organization because they’ve allowed me, as a breast cancer survivor, to now work with other cancer survivors by providing support for them.”

Survivor Journeys supports adults, young adults, pediatric cancer survivors, and their caregivers and loved ones.

According to a Survivor Journeys news release, the S. Prestley and Helen Blake Fund will match all donations to Survivor Journeys up to $25,000 through December 31st.  S. Prestly Blake is a co-founder of Friendly Ice Cream.

Dr. Burton said a new “All Cancer Support Group” meets every second Wednesday of the month at the South Hadley Library from 6:00PM to 7:30PM. You register by telephone by calling 413-276-6100.

Cancer survivors and their caregivers can find out when specific support groups meet through the Survivor Journeys website.