Archive for the ‘Awards’ Category

Miles of Hope to Receive Pillars of the Community Award Nov. 2

2013
pillars2013The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center will host the 14th Annual Pillars of the Community Awards Gala on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 6-11 PM at Anthony’s Pier 9, 2975 US Route 9W South, New Windsor, NY [map]. Nearly 400 community leaders and friends will honor distinguished individuals and organizations who share a vision of improving the community. Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation will be presented with a Distinguished Service Award.

For more information download the flyer, call 845-220-3152, or email rmcgrade@ghvfhc.org

Miles of Hope Angels program

2013
Angels and their nominators are honored at the annual Spring Brunch

Angels and their nominators are honored at the annual Spring Brunch

The Miles of Hope Angels program is an annual event that honors the people who help to care for their loved one going through treatment for breast cancer. The program is initiated at the beginning of each year, and the angels and their nominators are honored at the Miles of Hope Spring Brunch.

This year’s angels and their nominators are:

Angels: Barry Rothfeld, Rita Rothfeld, Jason Rothfeld, Sherry Hudes, John Barone, and the entire Cooper Family
Nominator: Shari

Angel: Lucia Eckhardt
Nominator: Judy

Angel: Steve Shavkin
Nominator: Diane

Click to read the nominations and see photos on our Angels page.

Miles of Hope honored with Dutchess County EDC Award

2012

EDC Award 2012Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation received a Special Award at the Dutchess County Economic Development Council’s 2012 Business Excellence Awards ceremony.

The event was held on Tuesday, October 16, at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Click to read Poughkepsie Journal article with video.

The mission of the DC EDC is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses for the benefit of Dutchess County [website].

Miles of Hope to receive Dutchess County EDC Award

2012

Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation will receive a Special Award at the Dutchess County Economic Development Council’s 2012 Business Excellence Awards ceremony.

The event will be held on Tuesday, October 16, at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie, NY. Click for information about the Business Excellence Awards.

The mission of the DC EDC is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses for the benefit of Dutchess County [website].

“Pamper Me Packs” Donated to Breast Cancer Patients

2012

Venus Mosher, Regional VP of Arbonne Skin Care presents Dr. Angela Keleher, Director of the Breast Center at the Dyson Cancer Center at Vassar Brothers Medical Center with complimentary ‘Pamper Me Packs’ for breast cancer patients.

Pamper Me Packs

L-R: Diane Surman and Caitlyn Colon of Specialty Fittings, Venus Mosher, Dr. Keleher, Ann Mowry of Specialty Fittings, Pari Forood, Exec Director of Miles of Hope

“These small packages contain products for women who may have sensitivities to over the counter skin care,” Ms. Mosher explained. “We specialize in products with a minimum of chemicals which may exacerbate an existing condition or issue after surgery or in recovery.”

The packs will be given to all breast cancer patients by Specialty Fittings which runs La Boutique in the Dyson Center (845-483-6522) specializing in products for women post surgery.

“When Venus first contacted us, we were thrilled,” explained Pari Forood, Executive Director of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

“There isn’t enough we can do for women after they have been diagnosed. Here at the Dyson Center and at St. Francis Hospital, we fund a free massage therapy program for any one in treatment for breast cancer and we recommend people to Specialty Fittings all the time as they answer many questions concerning clothing, wigs, and items related to their mastectomy. Now, to be able to give them a small gift is our sincere pleasure.”
The Arbonne executive came to Miles of Hope to donate the skin care products and Ms. Forood suggested they be given out at the Dyson Center.

Dr. Keleher, Chairman of the Medical Committee of the Miles of Hope Board and the director and lead breast surgeon for the Breast Care Center at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care, is highly respected in the field of breast surgical oncology. She completed her training at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and then went on to be the Chief of Surgical Breast Oncology at Western Pennsylvania Hospital before coming to the Hudson Valley.
“I want all women to know that a breast cancer diagnosis is not necessarily fatal. The earlier we catch this disease, the easier it is for us to treat. If I had one recommendation for all women it would be to get a yearly mammogram and more frequently for those predisposed to breast cancer,” she said.

“For anyone concerned with the amount of radiation in a mammogram, I want to clearly state that it is equal to going on a plane and flying from New York to Phoenix and back. That flight and a mammogram have the same amount of radiation exposure,” Dr. Keleher further explained.

Miles of Hope Wins ElfWorksLane Egg Decorating Contest

2012
ElfWorksLane Eggs

An Entry in the Egg Decorating Contest

ElfWorksLane has announced that Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation is the winner of their First Annual Egg Decorating Contest!

The funds for the award were raised by a silent auction for the eggs.

ElfWorksLane,  “the cutest little vintage and consignment shop ever”, is located at 2 Lagrange Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY, phone (845) 485-5202. Click to see their Facebook page.

A great fundraising idea! Many thanks from Miles of Hope.

Miles Of Hope Program To Honor Angels

2012

Cathy Varunok, ATHENA 2011 Nominee

2011
Cathy Varunok, Athena 2011 Nominee

Cathy Varunok, Athena 2011 Nominee

Miles of Hope Co-founder Cathy Varunok is among the nominees for the 2011 ATHENA award, to be presented by The Chamber Foundation.

The 2011 ATHENA nominees were chosen because of their strengths in career excellence and leadership, community volunteer involvement and willingness to serve as a mentor, especially to women in the business community.

The Chamber Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, will present the award  on Sunday, December 4 during a special brunch at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie, NY.  The recipient of the award will travel to the ATHENA International conference in Chicago to represent the Hudson Valley region.

For more information, see the announcement on the DCRCOC website.

Cathy Varunok, Co-Founder of Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation with Caryn Solomon, St. Francis Hospital nurse at the Athena Awards cocktail reception on November 30, 2011 at the Vassar College Alumnae House. The two women have been nominated for outstanding personal and community achievements in their respective professions by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

St. Francis Hospital employees win accolade

2011
St. Francis Team

Above: Miles of Hope representatives with some of the 78-member St. Francis Team. Below l-r: Cathy Varunok, Miles of Hope Co-Founder; Patty Nocket, St. Francis Hospital; Dori Kerner, SFH OT; Wendy Devens, SFH Director of Human Services; and Pari Forood, MoH Exec Director

November 2, 2011 — The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation announced today that the St. Francis Hospital Team won the prize and recognition as the Team with the most walkers and the Team who raised the most money from the Community Walk for Breast Cancer supporting Miles of Hope on October 2.

“Team St. Francis raised over $12,000 for this event and we are so grateful for their involvement,” stated Pari Forood, Miles of Hope Executive Director.

“This is an example of a classic grass roots effort to enhance and improve our community,” explained Cathy Varunok, Miles of Hope Co-Founder. “Everyone contributes and raises money for support programs for people affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley.”

Extract from “Spirit of Dutchess Awards Honor Top Volunteers”

2011

On June 9, the Poughkeepsie Journal published an article about the Spirit of Dutchess Awards ceremony by Shantal Parris Riley. Here is an extract from that article:

Dana Effron, co-founder of Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, was given the Alexis de Tocqueville Community Service Award.

Pari Forood, Miles of Hope executive director, recounted the bumpy road to Effron’s co-creation of Miles of Hope with partner Cathy Varunok in 2004.

“Fifteen years ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer,” Forood said, adding she became a consultant to other breast cancer survivors. “She saw the need for a mentoring system for breast cancer victims in this area.”

The foundation offers peer-to-peer counseling, scholarships, complimentary therapy and medical care funding not covered by insurance for breast cancer victims, survivors and families throughout the Hudson Valley.

Effron, who took to the podium, tissues in hand, described being diagnosed with breast cancer as a “life-altering.”

She expressed her motivation in simple terms: “I do it because I can. I’m a survivor.”