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Family Fun 5K Run/Walk April 26

2014

The 2014 Miles of Hope Family Fun 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club with all proceeds benefiting Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, will take place on Saturday, April 26.  Once again, the Town of Union Vale is providing the beautiful Tymor Park [map] as the venue.

The 2014 event will be in honor of Marlene Weber and also in memory of Carla Bailey, who lost her battle with an aggressive breast cancer November 11, 2013. 

The survivors group photo and a special raffle for survivors only will be at 9:30 AM.

The 1-mile kids race kicks off at 10:00 AM followed by the 5K at 10:30 AM.  We encourage you to pre-register, preferably online (by April 22), but a mailed-in flyer postmarked by April 21, is OK.  Remember:  Kids are FREE if they are pre-registered ($10 on event day).  For the 5K, pre-registered participants are $25.00 ($35.00 on event day).

Click to Register Now!

Click to download the flier for complete details.

Interested in being a sponsor or having a mile marker?  contact Lori Decker at 845-677-4999

  • sponsor/mile marker info (page 2 of the  Flyer)
  • Send sponsor or mile marker donations NO LATER THAN APRIL 11 to Miles of Hope, ℅ Lori Decker, P. O. Box 452, Pleasant Valley, NY  12569
  • Mile markers must be clearly designated “In Memory of” and “In Honor of” with the name legibly and correctly spelled.

If you would like to volunteer to help at the event, please email mohrunvols@hotmail.com,

For more information see the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club web site at mhrrc.org or email mohrun@hotmail.com.

Photos of last year’s Family Fun Run:




Miles of Hope Thanks Sponsors, Volunteers, Vendors, and Donors

2013
Survivors at the Fun Run

Survivors at the 2013 Family Fun 5K Run/Walk

Lori Decker and the Miles of Hope 5K Event Committee would like to thank all our fantastic sponsors, volunteers, vendors, and those who donated anything and everything (food, gift certificates, raffle items, etc.) to make our 10th anniversary a success.  We raised almost $20,000, thanks to everyone who helped and participated.  We would also like to thank the Town of Union Vale Town Board and Rob Mattes, Director of Parks & Recreation, for letting us use beautiful Tymor Park as our venue since 2009.

Photo shows survivors and number of years of survivorship in parentheses:

Back Row, left to right: Sarah Herman (5), Connie Haven (11), JoAnn Dourdis (16), Dina Scecchitano (7), Donna Milano (5), Bernadette Pikul (4)

Front Row, left to right: Sheila St. Onge (1), Joan Matheis (1.5), Diane White (1 – 2013 Honoree), Lynne Kopac (10), Sue D’Angelo (4.5)

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Family Fun Run – 5K Run/Walk PHOTOS!

2013
kidsrunThe weather at Tymor Park in LaGrangeville was perfect for the 2013 Family Fun 5K Run/Walk!

Photos are available:
The Fun 5K Run/Walk couldn’t happen without the support of dedicated volunteers who devote their time and energy to making this event a success, and we are very grateful for their help. We are also very grateful to the members of the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club and the vendors, contributors and sponsors for their help and support.

Race results are posted on the MHRRC website. First Place went to Mike Chow, and First Place Female was 14-year-old Ariane Garrett [photo].

Family Fun Run Honoree Diane White’s Story

2013

Diane White has been named the honoree for the 2013 Family Fun Run. Here is her story.

I appreciate being named the honoree for the Family Fun Run this year. As a matter of fact this is the first race that I ran in 2011 after finishing all my medical treatments only one week prior to the race. This race has special meaning for me even though I have run many races since my diagnosis.

I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer October 2010,the same week I celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary (Oct. 12). I immediately sought a game plan for treatment. My husband and I were going on a cruise at the end of November. My doctor understood my need to get on with my life. I had surgery right away, then I had a port installed. I had enough time to heal so that I could enjoy my vacation. I met with my oncologist and radiologist also. As soon as I got back from vacation, chemo treatments would begin. I didn’t want to waste any time. When chemo ended, then radiation treatments began. I was finished with everything by Easter of 2011.

If it seems that I was in a rush to put this diagnosis behind me, I was! At the time, my daughter was a senior in high school, going through the college application process. My son was a junior in college at the time. I didn’t want my breast cancer diagnosis interfering with their lives any more than necessary.

Anyway, I guess I should tell you that I’m a Teaching Assistant at South Avenue Elementary School in Beacon. I love my job. I’ve been there for 15 years. My co-workers were fantastic while I went through my “ordeal”. I worked throughout my treatments. It wasn’t easy but I did it. The students were great also. They thought my hats were cool!

I have tell you that my husband Jim was my rock through everything. Even when I insisted on running during my treatments. Sometimes my running was slow! He knew I needed to stay sane and grounded. It wasn’t always easy trying feel normal but I tried. My kids were also great through everything. My son is 23 and my daughter will be 20 very soon. It wasn’t easy always easy for them to deal with my illness.

So from April of 2011 to May of 2012 everything started to feel normal again. I felt stronger eveyday. My hair grew back. I started to feel like me again.

My daughter graduated high school and was headed to college. My son was entering senior year of college. The year went great. Then in May of 2012 my doctor felt a lymph node that didn’t seem right. I had a biopsy. It was cancerous, again (recurrence). I couldn’t believe it was happening again. I then had a complete auxiliary dissection of the lymph nodes in my arm. Then radiation. Once again, I’m done, it’s behind me.

I’m not very good at talking about this stuff and calling myself a survivor. I just like to put my music on and go for a run. That’s my own personal way deal with stuff.

I have an appointment for my mammo and ultrasound on May 17. I plan on leaving that appointment with a smile on my face knowing that it’s all behind me!

Happy running,

Diane White
2013 Family Fun Run Honoree

Learn more about the Family Fun Run, which will be held on April 27, 2013!

Family Fun Run – 5K Run/Walk April 27

2013

Finish LineThe 2013 Family Fun 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club with all proceeds benefiting Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Tymor Park in LaGrangeville [map].

There will be a one-mile run for kids 4-12 starting at 10:00 a.m. The 5K walk/run for all ages starts at 10:30 a.m. Register now!

This will be a family event with all kinds of activities: face painting, 50/50 raffle, basket and gift certificate raffles, and vendors. Free massage therapy will also be available. Awards in the 5K for first overall female and male, as well as 1st, 2nd, 3rd places in each age category. Medals for first, second, and third place in kids 1 mile race.

Entry fees: 5K – $22 ($27 on Race Day) — 1 mile Kids – FREE if pre-registered ($10 on race day)

Online registration is available now at the Mid-Hudson Road Runner’s Club website.

Click to download the flier for complete details.

If you have questions, email mohrun@hotmail.com.

If you would like to volunteer, email mohrunvols@hotmail.com.

Tribute Mile Markers are available for a $50 donation. Mile Marker signs are displayed during the race in honor of, or in memory of, a friend or loved one who has battled breast cancer. Click to order a Mile Marker. Mile Marker information must be submitted by April 18, 2013.

Sponsorships are available in amounts ranging up from $250. Click to read more about the sponsorship program. The deadline for sponsorship information is April 18, 2013.

You can make a donation online at the Mid-Hudson Road Runners’ Club website. All proceeds go to Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

While we greatly prefer online registration, if you wish to register via mail, you can download the flier/entry form.

Photos of last year’s Fun Run!

Survivors Honored at Family Fun Run

2012

Miles of Hope supports families touched by breast cancer. At the Family Fun Run, survivors are honored in various ways.

This photo shows the survivors from the 2012 Family Fun Run. The parentheses shows the number of years cancer free for each survivor. If there is “Honoree” following a name, than that person is one of three honorees at this year’s 2012 MOH 5K.

Fun Run Survivors 2012

Family Fun Run Survivors 2012. Photo by Deb Pierantozzi.

Top Row (left to right):

Connie Haven (10), Rebecca Withers (3), Laura McKenna (3), Deb Fox (11), Diane White (1), JoAnn Dourdis (15) HONOREE, Maria Lee (8), Annie Rowe (1), Sandra Gentile (2), Nidia Santana (12), Donna Milano (4), Dana Effron (17)

Middle Row (left to right):

Carla Bailey (1), Mary Ritter (1) HONOREE, Bernadette Pikul (3), Joan Matheis (7 months), Donna Santini (9) HONOREE, Lynne Kopac (9)

Bottom Row (left to right):

Samantha Scotti (1), Keri Sisson (1).

Photo by Deb Pierantozzi. For questions, contact Bob Kopac at bobkopac@yahoo.com or (845) 656-9511.

More photos are in the Miles of Hope Photo Gallery, on Shutterfly (Bob Kopac, Deb Pierantozzi) and on Facebook.

Family Fun 5K Run/Walk Photos and Thank You!

Family Fun Run 2012

Family Fun Run 2012

Thanks to everyone who came to the 2012 Family Fun 5K Run!

Tag yourself on the Family Fun Run photos on Facebook.

Photos are available in the Miles of Hope Photo Gallery and on Shutterfly (Bob Kopac, Deb Pierantozzi).

The survivor group photo has been posted.

Times are posted on the MHRRC website.

Miles of Hope Thanks Volunteers, Vendors and Supporters

It takes much effort on the part of many dedicated volunteers, vendors, and contributors to result in a successful Miles of Hope race. Many thanks to all of these who devoted so much energy and time to making this event a success. We appreciate your support of local families touched by breast cancer.

Volunteers:

Laurissa Agosta (5K Committee)
Nicole Alger and the Marathon Project
Chip Blue
Claude Bodley
Amber Campanaro
(more…)

Family Fun Run – 5K Run/Walk April 28 2012 *UPDATED*

2012

*UPDATE* See new Special Notice for Survivors below.

Fun RunThe 2012 Family Fun 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club with all proceeds benefiting Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Tymor Park in LaGrangeville [map].

There will be a half-mile run for kids 4-11 starting at 10:00 a.m. The 5K walk/run starts at 10:30 a.m. Register now!

This will be a family event with all kinds of activities: face painting, 50/50 raffle, basket and gift certificate raffles, and vendors. Free massage therapy will also be available. Awards in the 5K for first overall female and male, as well as 1st, 2nd, 3rd places in each age category.

Special Notice for Survivors: Breast cancer survivors are invited to a pre-race group photo shoot and raffle at 9:40 a.m. at the Survivors Tent. In the raffle: necklace and earings in Swarovski crystals and pearls, custom-made by Terry Wood. Please be at the Survivors Tent at 9:40 to participate in the photo shoot and raffle.

Online registration is available now at the Mid-Hudson Road Runner’s Club website.

Click to download the flier for complete details.

If you have questions, email mohrun@hotmail.com.

If you would like to volunteer, email mohrunvols@hotmail.com.

Tribute Miles Markers are available for a $50 donation. Mile Marker signs are displayed during the race in honor of, or in memory of, a friend or loved one who has battled breast cancer. Click to order a Mile Marker.

You can make a donation online at the Mid-Hudson Road Runners’ Club website. All proceeds go to Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

While we greatly prefer online registration, if you wish to register via mail, you can download the flier/entry form.

Update May 1: Click for 2012 photos and thank you to volunteers & vendors. Click for survivor photo.

Letter to the Editor: Miles of Hope 5K sets attendance record

2011
Lori Decker

Lori Cassia-Decker

Letter to the Editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal from Lori Cassia-Decker
Published May 26, 2011

The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation held its 8th annual Family Fun 5K Run/Walk and kids race on April 30 at Tymor Park in Union Vale. A record-setting 408 5K participants and 44 kids enjoyed the music, food, vendors and awards.

I want to thank the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation 5K Committee (Laurissa Agosta, Tammy Bender, Alison Christenson, Sue D’Angelo, Christine Honig, Bob and Lynne Kopac, Sarah Long, Debbie Pierantozzi, Allan Scherr, Bernadette Pikul (this year’s honoree), Heidi Selteneck, Andra Strudler, Mary Veltre), our sponsors (ABC Corporate Awards, Assogna Endodontic Specialty Group, Mark Bolger – 97.7 FM, Civil Air Patrol, Country Grove Limousine, Jeffrey Feldman Attorney-at-Law, Four Dogs Playing Poker, Greenbaum Optometry, Hands-On Wellness Massage, House of Nutrition, Hudson Valley Perinatal Consulting Services, iRUNLIKEAGIRL, Bob and Lynne Kopac, Mid-Hudson Medical Group, Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club, MVP Health Care, Pulse Cycling and Fitness, River City Abstract, Rivkin Radler, Road ID, the Scherr family, Ellen Smith Life/Health Coach, Starbucks – Arlington Store, Sun Up Enterprises, the Tuccillo family, Terry Wood Handcrafted Jewelry), the vendors, the wonderful volunteers (for a complete list, go to www.mhrrc.org/News/View.aspx?Articleid=462), and all the participants for making a difference in the lives of the families of our community. Each of you has touched their lives by showing your support through your hard work, dedication and sponsorship.

More than $21,000 was raised to help families affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley.

Heartful thanks.

Lori Cassia-Decker
Pleasant Valley

Family Fun Run April 30 2011 Raises $20K

2011
FUn Run

Family Fun Run 2011

What a marvelous day for the Fun Run! Perfect weather and double last year’s turnout. Many thanks to all who participated. Click for Fun Run times: kids, all 5K, and break-out 5K overall & division winners.

See 94 photos by Cathy Varunok in the Miles of Hope Photo Gallery.  See 738 more photos by Bob Kopac on Shutterfly.

The Family Fun 5K Run raised $20,000  for Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. It was held at Tymor Park in the Town of Union Vale, NY on Saturday April 30, 2011. It was organized by the Mid-Hudson Road Runner’s Club.

The race had nearly 600 participants including 150 children in the kids’ half-mile run. The event was honor of Bernadette Pikul, a resident of Highland who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Thank you to Lori Decker and Lynne Kopac, co-Chairmen of the Family Fun Run for a very successful race! Lori took time out from starting Pulse Cycling and Fitness in Millbrook and Lynne juggled her job at IBM and her love of running to make this the most successful Family Fun Run ever!