NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Western Massachusetts communities will soon hold relay for events to raise money for cancer research. But some money was raised on Sunday.
Money raised on Sunday's first 5 K Purple race at Northampton's Look Park will go towards the Hampshire county fundraiser. Many of the men and women who either walked or ran today lost loved one's to the dread disease.
Deidre Coffee-Gray, of Northampton, says "I definitely have lots of friends and family who have been effected by cancer. Mostly recently a co-worker whose very dear to me, named Verna Fenola, so she is a person whose name I wrote down."
"My grandfather actually had cancer, he passed away a few weeks ago. In his memory He was a lifelong resident. I figured it was a nice way to do something for him." says David Houver of Holyoke.
The purple walk would not forget Boston's terrorist bombing victims, neither is spirit nor the fund established for the survivors and victim's families.
Tom McCusker, the Purple Walk organizer, stated "As a result of what happened on Monday and the connection we have to that type of event, five dollars from every registration that came in from Tuesday through today, I think it's called The One Fund out of Boston".
The purple referred to in the Look Park 5 k walk and run is the color of the shirts cancer survivors wear during the relays for life that will raise millions of dollars later this spring.