NHS battles breast cancer at Rays of Hope Walk


Anna Orlandi, Feature Editor

Crowds of pink filled Springfield’s Forest Park on Oct 22 for the Rays of Hope Walk and Run. Among 20,000 survivors and supporters, the National Honor Society gathered to support those affected by breast cancer.

For the 24th year, teams walked around the park to remember lost loved ones, honor survivors, and donate to the cause. Walkers had the option of a two mile or five mile route, both lined with live music and stands offering water and candy.

Breast cancer affects one in eight women and claims the lives of hundreds of thousands of people each year, according to the American Cancer Association. To raise awareness for these women, October is dedicated as National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

NHS member Lauren McNamara felt inspired by the unity of the event. “It was really fun to show support for such an amazing cause,” she said. “It was great to see so many people come together with music, food, and dancing.”

The annual event has raised over $13 million since its start in 1994, with all of its proceeds remaining local in Western Massachusetts. To help fight cancer and keep this number growing, donate here.