Halloween gala held in support of local cancer patients

Hampden County

A Halloween themed gala to support cancer patients was held Saturday night, and it benefited hundreds of cancer survivors who battled the disease. 

The 4th Annual Halloween Gala was held Saturday night to help cancer patients and survivors during a difficult time.

The non-profit Survivor Journeys’ “Halloween Gala” raises thousands of dollars, which helps provide care and support for cancer patients.

Survivor Journeys President Jay Burton told 22News, “There are a lot of different organizations out there, we want to collaborate with them. That’s what we are, we want to work with them. I don’t want to develop a program that’s already out there. I want to work with these people and we are doing that already.”

This year’s event benefited nearly 500 cancer survivors, their families and their caregivers. The gala is a way for survivors to have a little fun, with food, raffles and dancing.

Many guests even wore their Halloween costumes, like Joanne Beaudry, a 3-time cancer survivor. She told 22News, “When you’re done with treatment, your doctors tell you to live your life, but most cancer survivors tell you, ‘how do I do that, I don’t know how to do that.’ So, it’s very helpful to have programs like Survivor’s Journeys’ to participate in to help you move on with your life.”

The nonprofit hopes to add more cancer support groups for under-served community members, to provide emotional, educational and social support.

They hope to raise $10,000 from Saturday’s event. 22News is a proud sponsor.

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