Underneath a butterfuly sky
Butterflies will take to the skies Thursday at the Cancer Support Community of Massachusetts South Shore, a nonprofit that offers support services to cancer patients and their families.
The event celebrates the opening of the agency’s newly renovated space at 120 Longwater Drive, Suite 104, in Norwell, and runs from 5 to 7 p.m., highlighted by the release of butterflies donated by Wings of Hope Inc.
“They symbolize hope,’’ said Francine Coluci, (inset), executive director of the nonprofit. “The butterfly always signifies life and rebirth.’’
Those attending the open house can memorialize or celebrate a loved one, Coluci said, by donating $10 for a small butterfly or $25 for a larger one. The name of their loved one will be inscribed on a paper butterfly and attached to a flowing fabric at the event. Money raised will help support the cancer center, Coluci said.
The renovated space includes an additional room for support groups, and an enlarged area for exercise classes, such as in tai chi, she said.
“It’s meant to look residential, providing a relaxing, calming atmosphere for support groups,’’ she said.
The open house will include a photo exhibit by Kelley Rugg of Rowboat Productions in Hanover, titled “Well: Images for Healing,’’ a collection of photos that focus on wellness and healing. Rugg started her career in broadcast television in 1987 and has written and produced programs, promotions, and specials for network affiliates, including NBC, Fox, and PBS.
The cancer support group is located in a building that houses the Norwell Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, which serves 26 communities in the area. The support group operates under the NVNA Foundation, Coluci said, and was formerly the Wellness Community.
“We are excited to welcome the community to join us as we celebrate our new, expanded space,’’ Coluci said. “The butterfly release promises to be a beautiful event, and we are honored to be chosen by Wings of Hope as the recipient of their donation.’’
For more information on the group, visit www.cancersupportcommunityma.org.
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Paul E. Kandarian can be reached at Kandarian@globe.com.