What Rays of Hope Funds

The following programs have received grant funds from Rays of Hope  to offer programs, free of charge, for breast cancer survivors October 2017 through October 2018. We consider someone a survivor the day they are diagnosed.

Paradise City Dragon Boat


This team of cancer survivors and supporters paddles on the Connecticut River in Northampton, MA. Their goals include developing into a top notch racing team, paddling their way to health and fitness, and building camaraderie and support among team members. For more information visit their website or call 413-588-7315.

Water Fitness for Breast Cancer Survivors

This is a low-aerobic-impact class with core strengthening using water weights and noodles set to music. Classes for Session I are two days a week, Mondays, October 2, 2017-January 29, 2018 and Thursdays, October 5, 2017-January 18, 2017. Session II will be two days a week on Mondays, March 3-June 11, 2018 and Wednesdays, March 7-June 13, 2018. Session III will be two days a week, Mondays, June 18- September 24, 2018 and Wednesdays, June 20- September 26, 2018. Classes are from 7-8 p.m. at Elms College Maguire Center, 291 Springfield Street, Chicopee, MA. For more information contact Debra Pacitti at 413-786-8051 or by email. Class is limited to 25 participants.

Art from the Heart

Awaken your creativity in this series of fun and uplifting art workshops facilitated by art therapist Pat Hayes. Workshops for breast cancer survivors this season include creating abstract art, origami kimonos, painted floorcloths, hand dyed silk scarves, pastel drawings, mosaic concrete stepping stones and painted flower pots. Workshops are on Saturdays throughout the Valley. Click here to see all class descriptions and details. Pre-registration is required and classes are limited. Preference is given to newcomers. To register or for more nformation, call Pat at 413-409-1557 or by email.

EV_ROH_YogaThe Healing Art of Yoga for Ongoing Cancer Recovery

This program is free of charge for those diagnosed with cancer of any kind during treatment, recovery, or remission; also for friends and family, including those in bereavement. (The Rays of Hope grant supports breast cancer survivors.) Small group classes are available year-round in our Healing Garden studio at CHD Cancer House of Hope, 1999 Westfield Street, West Springfield. Instruction tailored to individual needs. Participants report improved balance, strength, and flexibility; enhanced pain management, sleep, relaxation and joy. Patricia “Niti” Seip Martin, BA, health psychology, UMass, RYT, certified Kripalu Yoga, Integrative Yoga Therapy, and Let Your Yoga Dance® teacher founded this program and has led it since 2001. Call 413-204-1179 for schedule and information. Visit her website.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA of Greater Springfield

This YMCA cancer survivor program focuses on improving wellness through fitness programming including cardiovascular, strength, flexibility, andbalance. Participants can engage in complementary programs such as yoga, foot reflexology, mediation and nutrition workshops. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA takes place at the Scantic Valley Y in Wilbraham and the downtown Springfield Y. Programs start in January, May, and September and meet two times per week for 75-90 minutes.LIVESTRONG participants receive a no cost 3-month YMCA membership running concurrently with the 12-week program. Their staff is trained in cancer rehabilitation and will help you focus on fitness and wellness goals while developing functional abilities and improving confidence and self-esteem. Graduates who have experienced a recurrence or new form of cancer can join LIVESTRONG at the YMCA again providing they are active members of the YMCA of Greater Springfield. For more information and to register contact the program manager, Dawn Lapierre, at 413-206-5707 or by email.

PVRC Dragon Rays Dragon Boat Team

The Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club (PVRC)’s dragon boat team is open to adult paddlers from all communities and offers targeted support to women and men who have had breast cancer. Breast cancer survivors paddle at no cost. Contact PVRC for more information at 413-736-1322 or by emailVisit their website

Cancer Connection

Located at 41 Locust Street in Northampton, MA, Cancer Connection offers a haven where people living with cancer, their families and caregivers can learn how to cope with their changed lives, bodies and emotional challenges through one-on-one guidance, integrated therapies (Reiki, reflexology, therapeutic massage, acupuncture, CranioSacral therapy, therapeutic facials, calming strategies and guided imagery), adapted exercise classes (Yoga, dance, Pilates, rowing and others), creative workshops and classesEV_ROH_Reiki (writing, storytelling, clay and others) and mindfulness training. All programs are free of charge. Cancer Connection welcomes participants living with all cancer diagnoses. For those diagnosed with breast cancer, they offer a vibrant breast cancer support group, a support group for families and caregivers, and many other programs. Call Cancer Connection at 413-586-1642 to register and to verify meeting times and locations. Visit their website.

CHD Cancer House of Hope

Located at 1999 Westfield Street in West Springfield, MA, the CHD Cancer House of Hope provides free access to services and therapies that bring comfort, care, strength, resilience, and hope to patients with cancer and their loved ones. Available programming includes:Support Groups, All Cancers Support Group, Family and Friends Support Group, Introductory information session group for open discussion and recommendation of services, Breast Cancer Support Group. Therapies include Relaxation Group, Reiki, Massage therapy (facilitated by certified oncology massage therapist) and Yoga. Other support offered includes a Wig and Accessories Boutique featuring new and refreshed wigs, as well as hats and scarves; professional wig consultation and styling by appointment, Mastectomy bras and forms, Lending and resource library and Meditation garden. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information call 413-733-1858. Visit their website.


Rays of Hope funds also support the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research. The Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research was established in 2011. It is supported by a $1.5M grant from the Rays of Hope, which is a Springfield-based charity representing Western Massachusetts. The Center brings together a group of talented scientists with diverse areas of expertise to create a team that is deeply committed to dramatically reducing the impact of breast cancer.Visit the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research website here.  A listing of research funded can be found here.