Local breast cancer support groups benefiting from money raised by Big Y

Nearly $2 million raised over the past decade

The Big Y store in Wilbraham is seen here in a WWLP file image from 2016.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Big Y Supermarkets raised more than $230,000 for local breast cancer support groups throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut this year. A portion of proceeds from the floral, produce, butcher and pharmacy departments were donated to the Partners of Hope program during the entire month of October.

Twenty-four support groups will split the $222,386 raised, including Survivor Journeys in Longmeadow, Cancer-Connection and Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, and the Baystate Health Foundation and Mercy Medical Center in Springfield.

“We’re going to keep doing it,” said Doug Zimmerman, the assistant store Director for their West Springfield location. “It’s been a successful program and it’s just a pleasure to keep being able to contribute to our community.”

Big Y has raised $1,789,885 since 2007 in support of breast cancer. “Big Y is committed to promoting breast cancer awareness to our community,” said Donald D’Amour, Big Y CEO. “Over the past ten years, we’ve made tremendous progress thanks to our customers, vendors, and employees.”