Halloween gala set to benefit cancer survivors


Dr. Jay Burton is founder of Survivor Journeys that is holding is 4th annual Halloween gala fund-raiser. (Anne-Gerard Flynn photo)

By Anne-Gerard Flynn

Special to The Republican

AGAWAM - A nonprofit devoted to providing a variety of support to cancer survivors and their caregivers will hold its fourth annual Halloween fund-raiser gala Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. at Chez Josef.

Attendees are encouraged but not required to wear costumes for the evening of food and entertainment that last year drew a crowd of 200 and raised $8,000 for Survivor Journeys.

"All monies goes to SJ programs," said founder Dr. Jay Burton.

Burton, a primary care physician in the Enfield offices of Springfield Medical Associates where he also established a Primary Care Cancer Survivorship Program, is a seven-year survivor of adult acute myeloid leukemia.

His Survivor Journeys non-profit offers survivors and their caregivers in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut support in the form of groups, mentoring from other cancer survivors and caregivers and access to information.

Burton said Survivor Journeys is starting a new support group for survivors of head and neck cancer that will meet beginning in October in the Springfield offices of the Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England.

He said the nonprofit is also "in the early stages of developing a pediatric cancer caregiver mentoring program" and plans to hold its second Cancer Survivorship 101 day next June.

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