Michelle Holmgren, Public Affairs & Community Relations Specialist
(Office) 413-967-2296 (Cell) 413-237-6743
Ware, MA (May 15, 2014) Sunday, May 4, marked the 9th annual Walk of Champions. This year the walk which is held at the Quabbin Reservoir raised $84,000 as over 1,000 walkers participated in this special event in support of integrated cancer services at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.
“Keeping cancer care local is critical for us, and our communities have confirmed that through their participation and generosity” said Chuck Gijanto, President of Baystate Regional Markets, which includes Baystate Mary Lane Hospital. “We are honored by the many area businesses that sponsor our walk and the hundreds of walkers who participate in the Walk of Champions. We thank Country Bank as our presenting sponsor, as well as major sponsors Heath New England, Intercity Lines, Inc. and Pioneer Provisions, and we are grateful to all who contributed immeasurably to the success of the Walk of Champions,” said Gijanto.
Since 2006, the Walk of Champions has raised over a half a million dollars. Funds raised through the Baystate Health Foundation and have been used to help fund family support counseling, educational outreach, pastoral care, medications, state-of-the-art equipment, and the Healing Garden.
“On behalf of all that provide cancer care at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital I say thank you to the many teams, individual walkers, corporate and in-kind sponsors, the Rangers at the Quabbin Reservoir Department of Conservation and Recreation, and volunteers who helped to make the 9th annual Walk of Champions a huge success,” said Lori Tuttle, RN, Program Manager of the Baystate Regional Cancer Program Oncology Satellite at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital. “The Walk of Champions, which is held annually on the first Sunday in May has become a time for our community to join together in a moving tribute of those touched by cancer. Because of this ongoing generosity and support, we are able to continue to offer care in a patient-centered environment, with the expertise of our medical staff from the Baystate Regional Cancer Program, right here in Ware,” said Tuttle.
In 2015 the Walk of Champions will celebrate its 10th Anniversary on Sunday, May 3.
For more information about the Walk of Champions, or to find out how you can become involved, call Michelle Graci, Manager of Fund Raising Events, Baystate Health Foundation at (413) 794-7654 or by e-mail at Michelle.Graci@baystatehealth.org.