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Sacred Gathering to be held for all those touched by cancer on April 21

March 19, 2013

Michelle Holmgren, Public Affairs & Community Relations Specialist
(Office) 413-967-2296 (Cell) 413-237-6743

For Immediate Release


Ware, MA (March 19, 2013) The community is invited to attend an interfaith service of prayer, music, and reflection for those touched by cancer to be held on Sunday, April 21 beginning at 2:00 pm at All Saints Church, 17 North Street in Ware. The service is sponsored by the Baystate Regional Cancer Satellite Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital and All Saints Church.

“This event is for all who have been touched by cancer, including survivors, caregivers, friends and family, and will offer a special time of reflection, prayer, support and fellowship for all,” said Lori Tuttle, RN, OCN, Program Manager of the Baystate Regional Cancer Program Oncology Satellite at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.


“A community of faith is an important partner in life and a powerful ally in times of crisis, change, joy, sorrow, or illness,” said Sister Angela Deady of All Saints Parish. “Coming together as a faith-filled community can help to diminish feelings of isolation and loneliness and provide those in need with hope, comfort and strength.”

Tuttle noted that area clergy, oncology staff, cancer survivors, and local musicians led by organist and performer, Barry Mongeon, will participate in the ecumenical service. Lisa Beaudry, Director of Patient Care Services at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, Rev. Marianne MacCullagh, Interfaith Chaplain from Spiritual Services at Baystate Medical Center and Dr. Donald Higby, retired Hematologist/Oncologist and current Deacon of St. Mary’s Church in Longmeadow, MA, will also be guest speakers at this special event.


Following the service refreshments will be served in the parish hall where there will be an opportunity to meet with clergy, the staff of Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, friends and neighbors.

For more information regarding this service, please contact the Baystate Regional Cancer Program at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital at (413) 967-2241.