SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield cancer survivor Kimberly Clemons took an active role Saturday helping raise money to help other women who've been diagnosed with breast cancer.
This was the first annual Big People-Little Wheels race, grown-ups riding tricycles, wagons, big wheels and unicycles. An event that raised thousands of dollars for Baystate Medical Center's Rays of Hope, which helps breast cancer survivors as well as contributes to cancer research. The Big People-Little Wheels event was at the back parking lot of O'Brien's Corner on Page Boulevard. Kim works there, and she told 22News about her cancer ordeal.
Kim said, "It's a tough road. I ended up having cancer therapy and I stopped my chemo because of my lung so, I'm in remission and now I am today recovering still, and hoping it'll stay away."
Many agencies and numerous individuals went into making a success of this Rays of Hope fundraiser. Mark Kuenzel is a Springfield Labor Union leader.
"I'd like to thank everyone at City Hall in Springfield for helping put this together, they really pulled through for us, and it's turning out to be a great event," said Kuenzel.
Kimberly Clemons is one of so many breast cancer survivors here in Western Massachusetts. As of July 1st, she's been in remission for one year. As Kim told 22News, she doesn't think twice anymore if something arises that sounds like fun, she's learned that life is too short to miss out on the good stuff.