Michelle Holmgren, Public Affairs & Community Relations Specialist
(Office) 413-967-2296 (Cell) 413-237-6743
For Immediate Release
Ware, MA (May 13, 2013) Sunday, May 5, marked the 8th annual Walk of Champions. This year the walk which is held at the Quabbin Reservoir raised a record setting $91,000. Over 1,300 walkers participated in this special event in support of integrated cancer services at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital.
“Keeping cancer care local is critical for us, and our communities have confirmed that through their participation and generosity,” said Chuck Gijanto, President of Baystate Regional Markets, which includes Baystate Mary Lane Hospital. “We are honored by the many area businesses that sponsor our walk and the hundreds of walkers who participate in the Walk of Champions. We thank Country Bank as our presenting sponsor, as well as major sponsors Heath New England, Amgen, Intercity Lines, Inc. and Pioneer Provisions, and we are grateful to all who contributed immeasurably to the success of the Walk of Champions,” said Gijanto.
In 2012 the walk raised $77,400, and since 2006, the Walk of Champions has raised over $468,000. Funds raised through the Baystate Health Foundation and have been used to help fund family support counseling, educational outreach, pastoral care, medications and state-of-the-art equipment.
“On behalf of all that provide cancer care at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital I say thank you to the many teams, individual walkers, corporate and in-kind sponsors, the Rangers at the Quabbin Reservoir Department of Conservation and Recreation, Chris Gagnon and his fellow musicians, and all the volunteers who helped to make the 8th annual Walk of Champions a huge success,” said Lori Tuttle, RN, Program Manager of the Baystate Regional Cancer Program Oncology Satellite at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital. “The Walk of Champions, which is held annually on the first Sunday in May has become a time for our community to join together in a moving tribute of those touched by cancer.
Because of this ongoing generosity and support, we are able to continue to offer care in a patient-centered environment, with the expertise of our medical staff from the Baystate Regional Cancer Program, right here in Ware,” said Tuttle.
For more information about the Walk of Champions, or to find out how you can become involved, call Michelle Graci, Manager of Fund Raising Events, BHF at (413) 794-7654 or by e-mail at Michelle.Graci@baystatehealth.org.