SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Cancer survivors and those who've lost loved ones to the dreaded disease filled St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield late Saturday afternoon.
Saturday was the third annual Pink Mass officiated by Bishop of the Springfield diocese Timothy McDonnell.
As they entered St. Michael's, those who've suffered from cancer told 22News why they attended the Pink Mass.
Claire Desrochers of Belchertown told 22News, “To be with other people who have had cancer and supporting the cause.”
“I think that anytime you get together with a bunch of people it’s very therapeutic,” said Michael McDowell of Springfield.
Joe Bourquard of Pittsfield told 22News, “Well we have a friend of ours from Pittsfield, that came down with cancer and he's a survivor.”
The Pink Mass was followed by a celebration of hope charity dinner at the Springfield Elks Lodge on Tiffany Street. The fundraiser, emceed by 22News storm team meteorologist Nick Bannin, will benefit Western Massachusetts Cancer charities including Rays of Hope, Cancer House of Hope, and Sisters of Providence Mercy Care Center.