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Marist Fashion and Communications Majors Support Breast Cancer

Marist Fashion and PR/Communications majors decided to devote the proceeds from October sales of their on campus kiosk, the Marist College Mporium, to the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

“The kiosk was created by the Fashion majors and supported by the PR/Communications majors,” explained senior Sheridan Wagner in photo with check. “Items for sale have been created and designed by students or purchased to sell specifically to the Marist community. Proceeds go to local charities and students learn the art of retail, design, marketing and purchasing.” she said.

“When Sheridan called to say that the proceeds would come to Miles of Hope, I had to see the set-up myself!” added Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood. “All of the students in the attached photo (all names below) work on this project as volunteers. They are enthusiastic, driven and entrepreneurial– I was very impressed.”

“I explained to the students that the money they have donated may go to someone in treatment for breast cancer to help pay a medical expense or transportation to and from their treatment; or it may go to fund our Peer to Peer hotline (800-532-4290) manned by trained breast cancer survivors for anyone with a question or who just needs to talk,” Ms. Forood said. “We also fund college scholarships for high school seniors whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.”

In photo: Marist College Mporium Fall 2015 Team:
Jennifer Finn, Sheridan Wagner: Head of Public Relations, Karli Bruno: Head of Buying, Lauren Sepa: Head of Visual Merchandising, Devin Walton, Sarah Trousdale, Allyson Santacroce, Stephanie Romeo, Lyndsey Regis, Mariel Porfido, Krisi Pentecoste, Jennifer Nevin, Peter Najera, Diana Mendez, Victoria Marzano, Katie Labozzo, Lauren Hauck, Jillian Gasarowski, Jenna Discher, Kasey Curran, Alexix Chomat, Jane Body.

The Walk Results Are In!

And the results are in! The 2016 Miles of Hope Hudson Valley Community Walk for Breast Cancer Totals are official! And the prize for the individual and team that raised the most goes to our 2016 Honoree, Dana Effron, and Dana’s Team.
The Walk raised a total of $68,780 gross income.
Congratulations to everyone who made this event such a success!
$13,435  Team Dana
$  6,259  Ali’s Mitzvah March
$  3,220  Rockin Rays of Hope
$  2,848  Team Shari
$  1,997  Emmy Josephs

Amenia Business Donates to Breast Cancer Programs

Each year Linda and Jack Gregory of Jack’s Auto Service in Amenia raise money for Miles of Hope. They do it to recognize Linda’s mother, a breast cancer survivor, and to help local people battling the disease.
“This year, we performed 265 oil changes in the month of October with a portion of each going to Miles of Hope!” Mrs. Gregory explained.
In the photo, Jack Gregory is presenting Pari Forood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope with a check for $1325.
“Linda and Jack and their daughter Kaitlin, are some of the most generous business owners/operators in the Hudson Valley,” Ms. Forood said.
“They take it upon themselves to design a fund raiser, promote and publicize it, and then present us with the proceeds. We are able to help so many people affected by breast cancer because of people like the Gregory’s and their generous customers. Thank you to all who donate to Miles of Hope in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” she added.
photo- L-R: Adam Zies-Way, Mike Hamilton, Brian Mackay, Jim Killmer, Kyle Barron, Linda Gregory, Jack Gregory, Pari Forood (ED, Miles of Hope), Kaitlin Gregory & Erin Whalen
For more information: Linda Gregory:; (845) 373-9757

Free Public Forum on Genetic Testing

The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation and the Beacon Hebrew Alliance will host a free public forum on Genetic Testing and the BRCA genetic test, November 13, from 2:00 – 4:00 at the Beacon Hebrew Alliance, 331 Verplanck Avenue, Beacon. Light refreshments will be served from 1:30-2:00. All are welcome. (attached information flyer)
“This is an opportunity for anyone to come and ask questions from experts on genetic testing, the BRCA gene, breast cancer risk, and general health,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood.
“Dr. Amy Novatt, MD FACOG, Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northern Dutchess Hospital, and Chairman of the Medical Committee of our Board of Directors, has organized this forum for people who may be interested in learning more about how a genetic test can benefit them,” Ms. Forood said.
The free Public Forum will feature physicians as well as genetic counselors who will make presentations and then answer questions from the audience. (please see attached flyer)
For more information: 845.831.2012 | Email:

Tay Fisher and Kingston Basketball Youth Raise Money for Miles of Hope

Harlem Globetrotter, Tay Fisher, gives back to his hometown every opportunity he gets. Growing up in Kingston, Mr. Fisher played basketball and honed his craft enabling him to join the elite basketball entertainment group and tour the world. He now runs a youth basketball camp in Kingston and every October, a youth tournament which highlights local talent and raises money for breast cancer programs at the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

“This is the second year that Tay has raised money for us,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. “His efforts not only raise money and awareness, they give kids the chance to understand what it means to give back and support a local charity.”
Miles of Hope funds support and outreach for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley. For more information:

Photo: Tay Fisher and Ms. Pari Forood

To contact Tay Fisher: