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Multiple County Executives, State Senator, Mayor, School Superintendents to Declare Miles of Hope Day

Dutchess, Westchester, and Rockland County Executives along with School Superintendents from 8 Hudson Valley Counties, State Senator Sue Serino, and Mayor Rob Rolison will all declare 10-14-16 Miles of Hope Day in their respective constituencies at a press event this Thursday, 9/8/16 in the Poughkeepsie Journal Courtyard at 11:30.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro will officially declare 10-14-16 Miles of Hope Day in Dutchess and proclamations will be read from County Executives Rob Astorino of Westchester and Ed Day of Rockland as well as school districts in the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley including Arlington Central and Wappingers Central School Districts naming October 14, 2016 Miles of Hope Day.

Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood explained that the event on 9/8 will help kick-off the Community Walk for Breast Cancer on 9/25 and October Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well.

“The Miles of Hope Hudson Valley Community Walk for Breast Cancer is September 25, at James Baird State Park,” explained Ms. Forood, “and we are here with all of these elected officials to help announce the Walk, Breast Cancer Awareness month and Miles of Hope Day.” http://milesofhope.org/old/

Senator Sue Serino will announce a $20,000 grant to Miles of Hope to fund programs helping people in treatment for breast cancer with a financial emergency, in Dutchess and Putnam counties.

“Senator Serino has once again secured these funds for us to help those affected by breast cancer in our Hudson Valley,” Ms. Forood said.

“Traditionally, we invite all county and city employees (and anyone else!) to take a symbolic walk around the block in the city of Poughkeepsie with us after the press conference, to emphasize the importance of exercise and good health in the fight against cancer,” Ms. Forood said.

After some short speeches, the assembled group will walk on a path around the city covering a few blocks in preparation for the 5K Walk at James Baird State Park in October: http://milesofhope.org/old/walk-for-breast-cancer/ 

For more info: hit reply: pari@milesofhope.org/old

Miles of Hope/HRRA free rowing classes for breast cancer survivors

Miles of Hope and the Hudson River Rowing Association are collaborating to offer free dry land rowing classes to all breast cancer patients and survivors.
“Medical experts, doctors, cancer researchers and specialists all agree now that exercise after breast cancer is good for the patient both mentally and physically,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood.

According to an article in BU Today, “Studies show that exercise benefits breast cancer survivors,” says Michael Stone, chief of surgical oncology at Boston Medical Center and a School of Medicine professor. “Exercise improves breast cancer survivors’ quality of life,” he says. “In the old days, they were told not to exercise, but I think that has been largely debunked. It helps with confidence and body image, and they feel better.”

Kimberly Kochem, Our Lady of Lordes crew coach, will lead the classes for breast cancer survivors at the Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse.
“Kimberly came to me with this idea a few months ago and I thought it was brilliant,” explained Ms. Forood. “She is a former Marist rower and a rowing coach and the perfect person to lead/teach this class. We are honored and grateful to collaborate with Kimberly and the HRRA on this class for breast cancer survivors.”

For more information: 
WHEN: All Tuesdays in September: 9/ 6, 13, 20, 27
TIME: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
WHAT: Dry Land Rowing Class for Breast Cancer patients and survivors
WHERE: Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse, 270-272 N Water St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 206-4765; http://www.hudsonriverrowing.org/
COST: Free to all affected by breast cancer
For information and to register, email: info@milesofhope.org/old

Dragon Boat Race and Festival 2016

DDBF_Poster_Small_PhotocopyThe Dragon Boat Race and Festival on July 23, at the Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse, 270-272 N Water St, Poughkeepsie, will benefit both the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation and Arts Mid Hudson. The day long celebration and competition will feature 8 dragon boats transported to the Hudson Valley by 22 Dragons of Montreal, Canada. Individual paddlers as well as corporate teams will compete on the Hudson River from 8:00 – 3:00.

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For more information and to register for both individuals and teams: dutchessdragonboats.org

Festival details: While the Dragon Boat Races proceed on the Hudson River, the Festival runs along the shore. Master Kwan returns for the third year to perform the Lion Dance for the opening and closing ceremonies. The Roadhouse Roosters will perform on the main stage this year, bringing uptempo boogie, blues and rock repertoire with electric and acoustic slide guitar.

Under the festival tent there will be art demonstrations by local artists and experiential stations for origami, kite making, calligraphy, and dragon face painting for children. Local artists will demonstrate and exhibit their art, and the Chinese food arts will be demonstrated for all to see how to make dumplings, spring rolls and other Chinese delicacies. Community groups will be present to share information on their services. The festival also includes local food vendors serving up fresh treats, including Twisted Soul, YumYum Noodle truck, Lemon Love, Nino’s Big Bite, Tea Talk, Reggae Boy, and Carole’s Hot Dogs. The culmination of the day will be the presentation of the Dragon Boat racing awards by Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro.

Miles of Hope Awards Scholarships to Dutchess, Ulster, Orange and Westchester Students

Miles of Hope, the Hudson Valley’s only local breast cancer foundation, announced today the awarding of scholarships in 4 counties, to high school seniors whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.

“High school seniors in Dutchess, Ulster, Orange and Westchester Counties received scholarships for college,” explained Executive Director Pari Forood.
“Their academic performance, extracurricular activities and breast cancer volunteer activities are exemplary. Plus their essays showed us how their lives were affected by breast cancer sometimes in heartbreaking ways with the loss of a loved one,” she continued.
Miles of Hope Scholarships:
  • General Scholarship: Scholarship awarded to students affected by breast cancer.
  • Betty Benecke Memorial Scholarship: Students meeting the Miles of Hope scholarship criteria and pursuing a career in the arts. 
  • Betty Howard Memorial Scholarship: Students meeting the Miles of Hope scholarship criteria and who plan to pursue a healthcare related field of study.
  • Michael Benecke Memorial Scholarship: Students meeting the Miles of Hope scholarship criteria and reflect Michael’s values of the importance of higher education and social justice.
“My family has endowed these 3 scholarships in memory of my mother, Betty Benecke; my sister, Betty Howard; and my brother, Michael Benecke,” said Cathy Varunok, Co-Founder of Miles of Hope. “My sister and mother both had breast cancer and they are the reason for starting Miles of Hope with Co-Founder Dana Effron. Everytime we help a student who has been touched by this disease, I think of my family and how proud they would be to know that we are making a difference in young lives.”
The Scholarships will be awarded at the Foundation’s Annual Spring Brunch on May 1, at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie.

MoH Scholarship Awardees

Cancer patient receives wig made from nurse’s hair

According to an article in the Poughkeepsie Journal, Poughkeepsie resident and breast cancer survivor Kim Ross has been presented with a wig made from hair donated by her nurse Erika Hernandez, who works in the Dyson Breast Center at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

The wig was crafted by Wigs by Angelline of Poughkeepsie and paid for by Miles of Hope,

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