Voices of Hope performs national anthem at Patriots game, shares mission to combat cancer!

October 26, 2022

FOXBORO — It might have been a bad night for the New England Patriots, but another Boston-area team took the field at Gillette Stadium and showed off their skills before the game even started.

Voices of Hope, an Andover-based nonprofit musical theater group that raises money for cancer research, sang the national anthem at the Monday night football game to tens of thousands of people.

Their performance was part of the National Football League and American Cancer Society’s “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” initiative, in which they seek “to fight cancer and save lives,” according to the Patriots’ website.

Their performance comes after Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the Kraft Family Foundation just made a $50 million donation to Massachusetts General Hospital. It’s the biggest gift for community health and health equity the hospital has ever received.

Since they were founded in 2009, Voices of Hope has donated more than $900,000 to cancer research. In the first two years, funds raised went to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, but they now donate to the Henri and Belinda Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies at the Mass General Cancer Center.

Greg Chastain, founder and president of Voices of Hope, said they’re the second-largest private donor to the Termeer Center, having gifted more than $750,000.

Chastain said the organization last performed the anthem at a Patriots game 11 years ago, which happened to coincide with his 50th birthday. They’ve since sung at Fenway Park, TD Garden, in Chestnut Hill and Lowell for college hockey and in Worcester before Woo Sox games.

“It’s a great way to spread our message of what we do and who we are and also give back to our members, who give so much of their time, to do something cool,” Chastain said of the performances.

Alongside Voices of Hope, season ticket member cancer survivors, 100 Atrius Health cancer detection and prevention employees and others were honored on the field, according to the Patriots’ website. Crucial Catch Ambassador Kara Doolittle, who is fighting breast cancer, waved the Crucial Catch flag before the game.

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