Breast cancer survivors honored at Springfield Thunderbirds Pink in the Rink night

Hampden County

The Springfield Thunderbirds hosted their third annual Pink in the Rink game against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Saturday night’s sold out game honored breast cancer survivors to help raise awareness and support for Baystate Health’s Rays of Hope Foundation.

The Springfield Thunderbirds took to the ice in special pink-themed jerseys Saturday night committed to raising breast cancer awareness.

“We all know how breast cancer is so widespread and we all know someone affected by it, and I think it’s wonderful what they’re doing,” said Patricia St. George of Southampton.

This year’s Rays of Hope Chairwoman Denise Jordan is a 2014 breast cancer survivor. Jordan told 22News, donations are important because the money raised stays local. And for Jordan, she said it’s especially important after losing one of her best friends to breast cancer in 2017.

“We were both members of the Rays of Hope Advisory Council, so it has a special meaning for me because she was there for me, I was there for her, and so I know the value of Rays of Hope and what it does for survivors and their families,” Jordan said. 

Together, the Springfield Thunderbirds and Rays of Hope raised more than $30,000 at Saturday night’s Pink in the Rink game. The money raised will go towards breast cancer research, programs and services, as well as outreach and education.
And for the women being honored; “Seeing each year as they come together and just support each other, and the love of the sisterhood that nobody ever wants to be in this club but once you’re there having this flow of emotions and the people and support is just amazing,” said Cindy Sheridan Murphy a breast cancer survivor.

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