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Wheeling for Healing Event on May 19 to Support Cancer Care

SPRINGFIELD — What began as a grassroots employee effort is hitting the road again to become one of the only comprehensive cancer fundraisers in the area.

The Baystate Health Foundation will host the Wheeling for Healing Ride, Walk, Run on Sunday, May 19 at Yankee Candle Village in South Deerfield to support cancer care and services across Baystate Health.

Wheeling for Healing will host 10-, 25-, and 50-mile cycling routes, as well as a 5K for walkers and runners. There is no fundraising minimum, and registration fees begin at $10 for children under 12, $25 for those ages 13-17, and $40 for adults ages 18 and older.

To pre-register as an individual, form a team, or join an existing team, visit baystatehealth.org/wheelingforhealing. Those who register online will be set up with their own fundraising webpage that can be shared with family, friends, and colleagues to raise funds for the event, which will support cancer care and resources at Baystate Health. Online registration closes on May 17. In-person registrations on event day are welcome.

To donate to a participant or team fundraising for the event, or to make a general donation, visit baystatehealth.org/wheelingforhealing.

Registration at the event is 8:30 a.m. for the 50-mile start, 9:30 a.m. for the 25-mile start, 10 a.m. for the 10-mile start, and 11 a.m. for the 5K start.

All proceeds and funds raised remain local to support cancer care and services in Western Mass. Since its founding in 2008, Wheeling for Healing has raised more than $607,000, providing funding that has supported the purchase of more comfortable infusion chairs and new exam tables, as well as programs for patients and survivors, including art therapy, writing, and yoga.

To learn more, donate, or register, visit baystatehealth.org/wheelingforhealing.