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Rays of Hope Makes $17,000 Grant to Support Cancer House of Hope

WEST SPRINGFIELD — Rays of Hope, part of the Baystate Health Foundation, has made a grant to the Cancer House of Hope to support services for women affected by breast cancer. The grant, totaling over $17,000, will support integrative therapies at the Cancer House of Hope, including Reiki, massage therapy, a relaxation group, and support groups.

Rays of Hope has been a strong supporter of the Cancer House of Hope, both financially and as a community partner, for a number of years. This grant is the most recent affirmation of this long-standing relationship. Cancer House of Hope will dedicate a room in honor of Rays of Hope on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 10 a.m.

“A little more than 40{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} of the people who seek services at the Cancer House of Hope are breast-cancer survivors,” said Joe Kane, Cancer House of Hope director. “The services supported by Rays of Hope bring comfort, care, strength, resilience, and hope to those who come through our door. We are very grateful for this ongoing partnership.”

In addition to Reiki, massage therapy, and support groups, the Cancer House of Hope also provides wigs and related services, access to mastectomy bras and forms, and yoga classes. All services provided at the Cancer House of Hope are free of charge to anyone affected by cancer.