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 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 ($10.00 on event day). For the 5K, pre-registered participants are $25.00 ($35.00 on event day).More information mhrrc.org
I have always been diligent in having mammograms as I lost my Mom to Ovarian Cancer when she was just 66 years old . I knew I had to keep a watchful eye, and I never skipped a mammogram and examined my breasts on a regular basis.
In December 2011 at my annual mammogram, the technician said she saw “a little something” and after talking to the radiologist, they determined I should return in 6 months. I asked if I could have a breast ultra sound, and I was told my breasts were not dense; therefore, it was not an option for me. So I asked if I could return in 3 months instead of 6, and they said “no” – 6 months would be fine. (I later found out my insurance company wouldn’t cover another mammogram so soon–there needed to be a 6-month time span.) So I forgot about it until July 2012. I returned to my imaging center (which is out of state) and had another mammogram and was told “whatever they saw had gotten smaller, not to worry, go home and return in another 6 months.” Great–I had gotten the “good to go” word. That was on a Tuesday and the following Friday (four days later), I was showering and something brought me to that breast (Yes, even though I had just had a mammogram, I still felt compelled to check), and there in my hand was a noticeably large lump the size of a marble! I went to my gynecologist the following Monday, was reassured it was nothing, had more imaging done where I had been the week before, but this time it was an ultra sound that found my tumor.
That began the process of my diagnosis and journey into the world of breast cancer. I took myself to the only person I felt I could trust and that was Dr. Angela Kelleher at the Dyson Center for cancer care where she quickly diagnosed me with Stage 1 estrogen positive breast cancer with no lymph node involvement. My treatment was surgery, radiation and an anti-estrogen drug course for 5 years.
The real winner here is early detection and self -breast examination. It also helps to take your own health into your own hands. I feel lucky to have gone through the treatment without a beat and could not be happier or more confident in the care I received. I own a vibrant business in Poughkeepsie, NY, Marlene Weber Day Spa. My incredibly supportive husband Mark and I have one son in college and two more right behind him. I am thrilled to be a part of the Miles of Hope 11th annual family fun 5k run/walk and fully support the good work of Miles of Hope.
In a word, Carla was EXUBERANT! I first met Carla via phone when she was first diagnosed in February 2011, and we just “clicked.” Bob and I finally got to meet her, Todd, and Spencer a few weeks later. As Carla progressed through her surgeries and treatments in 2011, her updates were hysterically funny. Yes, humor is a coping mechanism, and Carla certainly was the master at this. She made me laugh and cry at the same time. I loved trying to come up with different meals that included lentils, one of her favorites. I saw her beautiful earrings collection and made sure to add to it several times.
We had so much fun at the Miles of Hope Silhouette of a Woman fashion shows in October of 2011 and 2012. Carla was in active treatment during the 2012 show, but that did not stop her from strutting her stuff on stage. It was beautiful to see her modeling along with Todd and Spencer that night.
Carla participated in our Miles of Hope Family Fun Run April 28, 2012, in spite of being tired—she wasn’t sure she could walk the entire 5K, but she did. At the time, we all thought she was cancer free. But it was not meant to be: scans showed the cancer had come back with a vengeance in May 2012, metastasizing into her hip bones. Thus began another year and a half of on-going treatments that unhappily became ineffective as the cancer spread to other organs.
Carla handled everything in typical “Carla fashion” – with exuberance, humor, and grace. She absolutely lived life to the fullest and had a positive impact on everyone she met. You are definitely now with the angels, Carla – cancer-free and pain-free – but you will always be with us in spirit.
From her obituary:
POUGHKEEPSIE – Carla Armorgan Bailey, 37, of Poughkeepsie, died Monday, November 11, 2013 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad on August 17, 1976, she was the daughter of Carlisle and Angela Ellis Armorgan. Carla earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL and holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. On May 6, 2002, in Napa, California, Carla married Todd C. Bailey. Carla was employed at IBM in Fishkill from 2003-2012, most recently as Project Manager.
Carla was the devoted wife of Todd Bailey of Poughkeepsie; loving mother of Spencer Bailey of Poughkeepsie; dear daughter of Carlisle and Angela Armorgan of Trinidad; sister of Karen (Ian) Alleyne and Michael (Nicole) and Stephen Armorgan, all of Trinidad; and numerous nieces and nephews. Carla also leaves behind an extended family who adored her and many dear friends and colleagues.