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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.”

Team SFH/Molloys Raises $10,000 for Miles of Hope!


SFH-Molloy2013Team St. Francis Hospital and Molloy’s Pharmacy raised $10,000 for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of the Community Walk for Breast Cancer at James Baird State Park on 10/6/13.  Flanking Miles of Hope ED in the photo are from l-r: Mary Luvera, SFH Cancer Center; PF (pink shirt, blue skirt); SFH Physical Therapist Dori Kerner; SFH Human Resources, Wendy Devens.

“Money keeps pouring in from the extraordinarily generous employees of these two iconic Hudson Valley organizations,” said Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. She continued: “At the Walk, St Francis/Molloy’s Team was the largest team with 74 walkers and they raised the most money as well. We are indebted to all of these committed and motivated fund raisers; they understand how important our mission is and they help us directly by allowing Miles of Hope to support people in treatment for breast cancer right here in the Hudson Valley.”

SFH Human Resources Director Wendy Devens explained that the funds were raised throughout September in preparation for the Walk: “Money was raised through a lottery basket raffle, bake sales, candy sales, condo raffle, walkers & general donations,” she explained. “Every year we get ready for the Miles of Hope Walk and SFH employees get involved by creating various ways to raise money. So many of us have been affected directly by breast cancer that it is natural for SFH and Molloy’s to want to help.”

Dazzles Salon Supports Breast Cancer Month

dazzlesDazzles Salon of Fishkill and Wappingers Falls are painting their spa pink this October in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  For every gift certificate purchased between Oct 15 and 29, they will donate 5 percent to the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. Purchase a spa gift certificate and join the pink revolution!

For more information and to book your appointment please call  845-897-5100
or email

Zumba Fitness and Bokwa Fitness Fundraiser Nov. 16

Zumba-BokwaSaturday, November 16, noon – 2 PM, at Roy C. Ketcham High School Cafeteria, 99 Myers Corners Rd in Wappingers Falls [map], Miss Becca’s Dance Centre and JoAnn Wolfe will sponsor a Zumba and Bokwa Fitness Fundraiser. to raise funds for Miles of Hope. Multiple instructors, raffles & refreshments. Adults $20, 12 & under $5.

For more information, download download the flyer or call 914-466-4638.

Film Premiere & Party: The Hot Flashes POSTPONED!


hot-flashes-frontMiles of Hope regrets that due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to postpone the screening of The Hot Flashes, and the after party, originally planned for October 17. We will reschedule for a future date.

Ticket buyers will receive refunds. If you bought a ticket through WePay, your credit card will be refunded. If you bought a ticket from the Bardavon Box Office, your form of payment will be refunded. If you sent a check to the PO Box, it will be ripped up.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Many thanks to all of you who bought tickets in support of Miles of Hope.

An Open Letter to Hudson Valley Salons


salonDear Salon Owner/Manager,

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! We would like to help you recognize it by suggesting some events that you can organize and run at your salon.

First, a little bit about us—we are the only regional breast cancer organization funding support services for people affected by breast cancer in the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley. All money raised in the Hudson Valley stays right here helping your friends, family, and colleagues.

Second, we have 4 pillar programs that run throughout the year: Scholarships for high school seniors whose lives have been affected by breast cancer; a Peer to Peer program putting newly diagnosed patients with trained survivors; a Complementary Medicine program providing massage therapy, reiki, acupuncture, music and dance therapy at area hospitals; and the Medical Gap Care fund helping people in treatment for breast cancer with a financial emergency.

Third – how can you help? By running a fundraiser at your salon: cut-a-thon, designating a certain day in October when a portion of the proceeds will go to Miles of Hope, accepting donations with an attractive receptacle at the front desk, etc. We have merchandise (t-shirts, baseball caps, water bottles) available for your customers. Any idea has merit! So feel free to go to our website and check us out. E-mail us at or call 845-264-2005 if you want to help out this October. Thank You!

Some ideas for promotions:

  • Have a cut-a-thon. East Coast Salon held a cut-a-thon and raised $2500 for Miles of Hope.
  • Sponsor a pink extension promotion
  • Sponsor a “Pink Manicures” event
  • How about something similar to the “Pinkathon” that Salon Davide sponsored?
  • Devise your own promotion with proceeds coming to Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. Marion Salonspa held a Halloween event in which $2 of all products sold and 10% of services was donated to Miles of Hope. Get creative!

For more ideas, see  the Salon events for past years.

We will promote your event via email, blog, and Facebook. Participating salons can download and print a poster showing their support (see poster).

Please send an email to and tell us the name of your salon, your city name, and details about your fundraiser.

Any checks should be made payable to Miles of Hope. After the event, email us and tell us about your event, and how much you raised, and include any photos (we will use this for follow-up publicity, such as a blog post). You can write a check for any cash and mail checks, along with a short note, to: P.O. Box 405, Lagrangeville, NY 12540.

Thank you for helping your customers raise awareness about breast cancer!

Eclectic Studio Goes Pink for October!


EclecticStudioIn recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Eclectic Studio in LaGrange is offering, for the month of October. pink hair extensions for $10, of which $5 will be donated to Miles of Hope.

Eclectic Studio is located at 1097 Route 55 in LaGrange [map].
Call 845-471-3698 or visit for information and to book your appointment.

“Community Friends” Craft Show in East Fishkill


Craft fair in east fishkill“Community Friends” presents their Sixth Annual Craft Show to benefit Miles of Hope on Saturday, October 26, 2013, 10am – 4pm, at the East Fishkill Community Center, 890 Route 82, Hopewell Junction NY [map].

Beautiful gifts on display by over 25 handcraft artisans,  in advance of the hectic holiday season. Author’s Books’ Signings, Massage Therapy, Holistic Reflexology, Blood Pressure Screenings. Antique Appraisal Service Noon-2pm $5.00 pp. Demonstrations, Home Baked Desserts, and much more!

Admission donations (adults $3, seniors $2) go to benefit Miles of Hope.

For more information,, 845-297-7652, or click to download the flyer.

Dutchess County Duathlon Sept 29


Dana Effron, Miles of Hope Co-Founder,
Ron Paglia, Race Chairman

The Dutchess County Duathlon Run-Bike-Run benefiting the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation will take place on September 29, at 8:00 a.m. starting and finishing at Gold’s Gym in Lagrange.

The event consists of a 2 mile run, 10 mile bike and a 2 mile run. Participants can sign up for a relay or compete individually. A complimentary brunch will be held at 10:30 following the race courtesy of Epicure Catering. Registration for the event is $30 for a single and $50 for a relay team.

The Duathlon begins on the Dutchess County Rail Trail with the run. A transition area for the bikes will be set up in the Gold’s Gym parking lot.The bike portion (10 miles) begins at the access road from the parking lot and continues onto Daley Road. The final run of 2 miles is back on the Rail Trail.

For information: ; 845-463-4800