PAWTUCKET, RI — Over the past decade, the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation has provided education, support, and an array of holistic programs and resources to tens of thousands of individuals.
In 2015, the Rhode Island-based nonprofit is taking its commitment to the community one step further with the introduction of GloriDays—a brand new 44-mile, multi-day journey that takes place on June 5-7.
A Transformative Journey
Over the course of three days, participants will walk a total of 44 miles—traveling by day and sleeping in pink tents at night. Aside from its alluring location—Bristol, a town known for its scenic beauty, rich history, and charming seaport—GloriDays offers a multi-sensory, holistic experience that will connect mind, body, and spirit.
“With GloriDays, people from all over are uniting sort of like a family,” said Lynn Simon, who leads strategic partnerships at Gloria Gemma and is lead organizer of GloriDays.
This “family,” continued Simon, will consist of 600 individuals who will either form new or strengthen existing bonds with others affected by the terrible disease. It will be a time to connect, share stories, and support one another.
Each participant has the option of enrolling either as an individual walker or as part of a team and is required to raise at least $1,500.
Proceeds will be used to support plans for a Survivorship & Wellness Center, the future home of the nonprofit that will significantly enhance its service to the community. “You are making a commitment, a choice to make a difference in the lives of individuals affected by breast cancer,” added Simon.
A Celebration of Life
GloriDays will be 44 miles and three days filled with memories, inspiration, and fun: “No matter where you’ve come from or what hurdles you’ve faced, we are all in this for one reason: to celebrate life,” continued Simon, who drew parallels between GloriDays and one’s journey with breast cancer. “This journey may be physically strenuous for some, but completing it will offer an unmatched sense of achievement.”
Volunteer Opportunities at GloriDays
For individuals who are interested in being involved but are not interested or unable to participate in the 44-mile journey, there are plenty of opportunities to still be a part of GloriDays, according to Simon.
“We’re in need of Event Team Members, who will be responsible for meal prepping and serving, setup and breakdown, and other support duties,” stated Simon, who added that volunteer positions and descriptions can be found on the GloriDays event page: www.GloriaGemma.org/GloriDays. “Event Team Members will essentially ensure that GloriDays is an exceptional and magical experience for every participant, and it wouldn’t be possible without their commitment.”
Gloria Gemma is a Pawtucket-based nonprofit whose impact has been felt by people throughout the Ocean State, as well as in some parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. During Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, Gloria Gemma’s annual Flames of Hope: A Celebration of LifeTM has become the largest breast cancer event in the Northeast.
With GloriDays, Gloria Gemma is the first Rhode Island-based organization to arrange a multi-day journey of its kind related to breast cancer.
For more information on GloriDays, or to register as a participant or Event Team Member, visit www.GloriaGemma.org/GloriDays and www.facebook.com/GloriaGemma.