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Hoops for Hope Sunday March 16

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Hoops for Hope Women’s Basketball

The 9th Annual Hoops for Hope Women’s Basketball Tournament will be held on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the McCann Recreation Center at Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

Hoops for Hope is the annual 3 on 3 women’s charity basketball tournament that raises funds for Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. Hoops for Hope allows women of all ages and abilities the opportunity to play basketball in a competitive or less challenging arena depending on their choice of division.

Registration is now closed — come cheer on your team!

You can still make a donation to Hoops for Hope. Click the “Donate” button.

If you would like to volunteer to help at this event, please email

Marist Play4Kay game honors Miles of Hope and Breast Cancer Survivors

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Marist College honoring breast cancer survivors at Friday’s Play 4 Kay game!

At the Marist Women’s Basketball game against Quinnipiac on Friday, Feb. 14, breast cancer survivors gathered to celebrate their years as survivors.

“I am thrilled to celebrate my 18 years as a survivor,” beamed participant and Miles of Hope Co-Founder‎, Dana Effron.

“For the past 7 years Marist has hosted the Play4Kay game honoring Miles of Hope and survivors,” explained Co-Founder Cathy Varunok. “We saluted 25 survivors last night and Marist had an impressive victory against Quinnipiac- it was a great event for everyone!”

Marist Women’s “Play4Kay” Basketball Feb. 14


play4kayPlease join us on Friday, February 14 as the Marist Women’s basketball team take on Quinnipiac in their annual Marist Women’s Basketball/Miles of Hope Play4Kay game honoring breast cancer survivors.

As in previous years, breast cancer survivors will be honored at the game. Survivors are asked to pre-register for the Half Time Salute with Marist Assistant Athletics Director Andy Alongi. Email or call (845) 575-3699 x2329 and let Marist Athletics know how many years you have been a survivor.

Game time is 5 PM at the McCann Recreation Center, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY [map].

Free Pink Valentine’s Day T-Shirt for the first 1000 people in the arena, courtesy of BMW of the Hudson Valley.


Click to buy tickets.

Photos of last year’s game.



Pink Friday in Warwick raises $1000 for Miles of Hope

pink friday checkThe merchants of Warwick, NY banded together to create PINK FRIDAY to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
In the photo, Tim Mullally, owner of Style Counsel and Blue stores in Warwick, and organizer of Pink Friday, presents Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood with a check for $1,000 for support services for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley.
“This was the 2nd Annual Pink Friday,” Mr. Mullally said, “and we can’t wait to do it again next year!”
Thank you Tim Mullally and all of the Warwick merchants, you allow us to further our mission and help those who need us.

Click to read more about Pink Friday 2013

Zumba/Bokwa fitness fundraiser Raises Money for Miles of Hope

zumbabokwa2013Saturday, November 16,  at Roy C. Ketcham High School Cafeteria, 99 Myers Corners Rd in Wappingers Falls Miss Becca’s Dance Centre and Zumba/Fitness Instructor JoAnn Wolfe sponsored a Zumba and Bokwa Fitness Fundraiser for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
“We raised over $800 from 40 participants who came out to dance and explore this new type of movement all in honor of Miles of Hope,” explained Joann Wolfe (; 914-466-4638)
Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood said: “once again a wonderful supporter of ours has creatively turned an event into a fundraiser to help people affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley. Joann, we salute you and thank you for helping us to help people who need us.”
In the photo Joann Wolfe is in the pink pants on the right.

Looking Back 10 Years and Looking Forward

Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation was founded 10 years ago, and  we have so much to be thankful for. Looking back at our very first letter to the community in 2004, it stated:

In our first 19 months, after raising over $300,000, we awarded our first round of grants.  We thought you might like to know where some of the money went:
  • Three scholarships were given to high school seniors entering college in the fall. These students each lost a parent to breast cancer.
  • The Gap Care Fund was created to provide funding for families who are either under-insured or have “life emergencies” while in treatment.  It will service all eight counties in the Hudson Valley.
  • On October 11, 2004, the first “Healing Vibrations” concert took place with live chamber music serenading patients undergoing treatment at the Dyson Cancer Center for Cancer Care at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.
  • A Peer to Peer Hotline was funded uniting breast cancer patients with trained survivors.
And now, on the eve of our 10th birthday, we have given away over $1.5 million dollars to these programs and many more. In ten years: 65 scholarships have been awarded to college-bound high school seniors whose lives have been affected by breast cancer; Gap Care continues to be our largest annual grant totaling just over $1 million dollars to date to people in treatment within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley, with a financial emergency; Healing Vibrations is just one of many complementary programs including massage therapy, acupuncture, art, dance and exercise therapies; and the Peer to Peer program has provided countless hours of non-medical advice.

None of these programs would be possible without your continued support and generosity.  To that end, we have created a special donation page on WePay for your gift to Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.  If you want to fund a particular program, please note this with your donation.

With our Thanks,

Cathy Varunok and Dana EffronDonate

TEG Federal Credit Union Mortgage Department Supports Miles of Hope



The TEG Federal Credit Union mortgage department made a $500 donation to the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation to help people fighting breast cancer in the Hudson Valley. A check was presented to Pari Forood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope by Jackie Fellin, VP of Commercial and Residential Lending, and Senior Mortgage Officers, John Reidy and Jessica Schoen (photo at right).

TEG’s Mortgage Department collected donations for Miles of Hope throughout the year while hosting Lunch and Learn meetings for local real estate agents. “TEG is proud to support the incredible efforts of this local charity.” said Jackie Fellin. “We hope our donation will help provide comfort to Hudson Valley families affected by breast cancer.”

Ms. Forood added: “We are honored to accept this donation from TEG. They took it upon themselves, with no prompting from us, to raise money for the support services we provide for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley. October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, encouraged businesses, individuals, community groups, sports teams and clubs to creatively raise money for Miles of Hope. We are overwhelmed by all of these people and their dedication to raising the level of quality of life in our community.”

Local Boys Support Miles of Hope

carter-alex Karter Griggs, age 5 of Poughkeepsie, and his cousin, Alex Robinson, age 12 of Poughquag, decided that they wanted to help other children and women and families who are affected by breast cancer. Karter and Alex’s Grandma and Aunt are both breast cancer survivors.

On Columbus Day weekend, they had an ice tea, coffee, and hot chocolate stand at a family tag sale. They also sold rubber band bracelets. After the sale they continued to make bracelets and sell them to friends, family and others in our community. They have decided to split the money that they have raised between their chosen charities, one being Miles of Hope.

A special thanks to these wonderful boys for their generosity and kindness.

A Wonderful Story


L-R Kathleen Regan, Henrietta Rackl, Lynn Mckenna, Patricia Coughlin, Candy Ireland, Kevin McKenna, Miles of Hope ED Pari Forood

Last year, during October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, Kevin McKenna of Tree Top Lane in the town of Poughkeepsie decided he wanted to spend an entire year collecting money for an organization that helps people with cancer. Maybe it was because his father is a survivor, or maybe it was because as a pitcher on the Arlington High School baseball team he was wearing pink shoe laces, but for whatever reason, Kevin started asking his neighbors on Tree Top Lane to give him their returnable bottles and cans to return to Oasis Discount Beverage. Last night, Kevin, now a freshman at Mt. St. Mary College, handed Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation Executive Director, Pari Forood, a check for $1250 (slightly more than the number on the large check as one more deposit was made!) surrounded by his mom and his female neighbors (see photo).

“This was a one man show,” Kevin’s father, Dennis, explained. “Kevin did this on his own and we are very proud of him.”

At the celebration pizza party at Giacomo’s on Spackenkill Road, Kevin explained that he knew he wanted to do something for a local cancer organization and when he heard about Miles of Hope, it inspired him. “One of my neighbors has breast cancer,” he explained, “and I knew that Miles of Hope helps people right here in Dutchess County, so I decided to raise money for them. It also made sense as it is October, Breast Cancer Awareness month.”

At the dinner, Ms. Forood, explained to the Tree Top Lane residents that Miles of Hope funds support services for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley. “Kevin is an amazing person!” she said. “He took it upon himself to think of a way to raise money, and organized it over a year’s time. We are so impressed with this selfless and industrious young man, and very grateful for this donation. It will go directly to help people affected by breast cancer right here in our Hudson Valley.”

St. Stephen – St. Edward School Raises Funds for October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 Laura McGill and her 5th grade class from St. Stephen present the check for $900 to Miles of Hope ED Pari Forood

Laura McGill and her 5th grade class from St. Stephen present check for $900 to Miles of Hope ED Pari Forood

St. Stephen – St. Edward School in Warwick, NY participated in Pink Friday in honor of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink and raising money for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

All children were invited to wear pink instead of their customary uniforms to raise awareness of breast cancer and Miles of Hope which funds support services for people affected by breast cancer within the eight counties of the Hudson Valley.

“We are honored that the students and faculty of this school chose to raise money for us,” said Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. “All over the Hudson Valley, schools, offices, small businesses and larger ones are raising money for Miles of Hope because they know the money stays local helping their friends, neighbors, and family affected by breast cancer,” she said.

“October as breast cancer awareness month may feel overwhelmingly pink but if it makes people think about having a mammogram or reducing their cancer risk by eating right and exercising, then it is a very good thing.”