SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Iconic buildings in the City of Springfield are going to light up pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month.

Mayor Domenic Sarno will be joining Michelle Graci, Kathy Tobin and the Rays of Hope team, including 2022/2023 Rays of Hope Chair, Lindsey Bubar to announce buildings such as the MassMutual Center, MGM, Union Station, and Monarch Place will light up in pink starting in October.

“Light up Springfield Pink” is an effort to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. The effort was announced at Springfield City Hall. The city of Springfield and the non-profit Rays of Hope are collaborating with local businesses and organizations to light up the city in support and solidarity with those who have been touched by breast cancer.

According to Baystate Health, Rays of Hope has been helping individuals in the fight against breast cancer by walking alongside them on their cancer journey since 1994. Through the Baystate Health Breast Network, Rays of Hope cares for the person from diagnosis and beyond by supporting research at the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research, providing funding for state-of-the-art equipment, breast health programs and outreach and education throughout Baystate Health, support to patients and survivors, providing grants for complementary therapies, and cancer programs to our community partners throughout western Massachusetts.

“The love and support that residents, businesses and community partners give to Rays of Hope means so much to our organization and we wouldn’t be here without them! Light Up Springfield Pink for Rays of Hope is just another example of how special the Western Mass community is!” said Lindsey Bubar, Rays of Hope Chair.

Mayor Sarno states, “Since taking office in 2008, my administration, through the generosity of our employees have raised tens of thousands of dollars to proudly support and stand in solidarity with the Rays of Hope and the many individuals and families they support.  We all have family, friends and loved ones who have battled this challenge, but thanks to the continued support and dedicated efforts from the Rays of Hope team, they do not have to face this challenge alone.  This year marks the 30th Anniversary for Rays of Hope.  To celebrate this joyous occasion, we are respectfully asking all of our local businesses and residents to help ‘Light Up Springfield Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness during the month of October.  Please join with us as we continue to help support this great cause and organization.”

The annual Rays of Hope Walk & Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer is taking place on October 22. If you would like to sign up, visit the Rays of Hope website.

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