HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A $300 check has been presented to the Rays of Hope Foundation Friday from the Girls Inc. of the Valley.

The check was presented at a Eureka! family dinner event in Holyoke Friday. Breast cancer survivors and further breast cancer research are to benefit from the donation.

“Breast cancer affects so many women in our area,” said Meghan Bone, Eureka! High School Director at Girls Inc. of the Valley. “Many of our scholars know women who are battling or have battled this disease, which is why our scholars find supporting Rays of Hope to be particularly rewarding.”

Funds were raised by Eureka scholars during their second Pink Rally in November, which taught young women about this disease. And the importance of raising money for a good cause.

“It’s a wonderful thing, especially given the fact the young girls are giving back to the community and their understanding of fundraising and where the money goes,” expressed Ana Symington, Rays of Hope Foundation Outreach Coordinator.

“It helps me a lot, knowing they’re going to get the help they need,” added Olivia, Girls Inc. of the Valley Eureka!

To date over $16 million dollars has been raised for the Rays of Hope Foundation.