20,000 walk in Springfield for cancer charity

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — More than 20,000 people took to the streets of Springfield in the fight against breast cancer.

The 20th annual Rays of Hope walk on Sunday drew thousands of breast cancer survivors and their families and was expected to raise about $750,000. The event has collected about $11 million for breast cancer research and treatment over the years.

Fifty-four-year-old Ana Perez of Springfield underwent a double mastectomy several weeks ago, after being shocked to find out she had breast cancer after a routine mammogram two months ago. She told The Republican of Springfield that taking part in Sunday’s walk with her family was part of her healing process.

Debra Stasiowski told WWLP-TV that she has survived breast cancer with the help of family, friends, cancer awareness and research.

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