The 19th annual Rays of Hope – A Walk Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer and third annual Run Toward the Cure 8K were held on Oct. 28 in Springfield and Greenfield. An estimated 22,600 participants walked or ran to help raise $838,000 from both locations, adding to the $10.25 million that has been raised since the event’s inception in 1994 by founder Lucy Giuggio Carvalho. Funds will help continue the mission of community education and outreach about breast cancer; coordinated, medically advanced, and accessible breast-cancer care at the initial stage of diagnosis continuing through treatment and recovery; support of patients through a continuum of care that acknowledges the needs of the whole person; and funds for local breast-cancer research. Clockwise from top left: Carvalho welcomes participants; walkers start their journey through Forest Park; survivors pose for the annual survivor photograph; a long string of flags hangs along the route, signed by walkers and survivors in celebration of their own survivorship and in memory of others who have lost their lives to breast cancer.
A ceremonial ribbon cutting recently commemorated the opening of the Northampton/I-91 Professional Center in Northampton. The multi-building office park now offers two fully permitted, three-story office buildings adjacent to the existing Clarion Hotel and Conference Center at Exit 18 off Interstate 91. Each building offers approximately 40,000 square feet of tenant space in modern, energy-efficient brick and glass structures. Owned by an experienced group of local investors, the center offers first-class medical and professional office space with first- and second-floor main tenants Clinical and Support Options Inc. (a regional provider of behavioral-health services) and Cooley Dickinson Health Care Group, leaving only 2,500 square feet available on the third floor. Pictured cutting the long ribbon are Lynn Travers, owner and developer; Stephen Murphy, program director of Cooley Dickinson’s Center for Human Motion and the director of Rehab Services; Ken Vincunas (front), general manager; John Lombardi (back), administrative director of facilities at Cooley Dickinson Hospital; Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz; Curt Shumway, development owner; Craig Melin, CEO of Cooley Dickinson Hospital; Susan O’Leary Mulhern and Eileen O’Leary Sullivan, owners; Karin Jeffers, president of Clinical and Support Options; Laurie Lamoureux, controller at Cooley Dickinson; and Kathi Donahue, William Wagner, and Russ Omer of Chicopee Savings Bank.