Jack’s Auto Service in Amenia has once again raised funds in October Breast Cancer Awareness month for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
Linda Gregory, owner with her husband Jack, runs the fundraiser at their shop on Dutchess County’s eastern border.
“Every year we take a portion of the proceeds from our work to donate to Miles of Hope,” she explained. “It is important to us to give back to our community and help those less fortunate. Miles of Hope supports people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, their families and their caregivers. We want to be a part of that service.”
Pari Forood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope, stressed the importance of local support. “Throughout the year, but especially in October, businesses, individuals, clubs, take it upon themselves to raise money for Miles of Hope to support our mission. We fund all kinds of services for anyone affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley including financial support for anyone in treatment having trouble paying bills,” Ms. Forood said.
“We have given away over $1.5 million dollars in our 11 years to those who need us,” Ms. Forood added. “We like to say that no one in the Hudson Valley with breast cancer is alone, they have us.”
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.
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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The senior citizens at the Manor at Woodside in Poughkeepsie decided they would decorate and sell pink pumpkins in honor of October, Breast Cancer Awareness month.
“Not only are the residents of the Manor creative, they are also very philanthropic,” explained Manor at Woodside sales leader Alisha Libruk. “It was important to them to have a fund raiser for breast cancer awareness and what better way than to decorate pumpkins!” she added.
“This is the second year the residents of Manor at Woodside have done this for us,” said Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. “It is such a pleasure for me to meet with them and thank them for their initiatives on our behalf.”
“October brings out the best in people. I have been all over the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley, meeting with people and speaking at large gatherings to promote the benefits of early detection and a healthy lifestyle. Everyone wants to help us spread the message,” Ms. Forood said.
John Jay Women’s Soccer decided to pink out for their game against Ketcham on October 16.
John Jay Women’s Soccer Team
“The girls decided to wear pink and raise money for breast cancer programs at Miles of Hope,” explained Coach CJ Greenwood. “Then the parents got involved and we were able to raise money through bake sales, t-shirt sales and donations.”
“We have a very active parent group,” explained soccer mom and Hopewell resident, Lisa McHugh. “I was able to present the idea of donating to Miles of Hope during October Breast Cancer Awareness month to all of the parents and everyone loved it. There are so many at John Jay and in our community affected by breast cancer- we just wanted to do something to help,” Mrs. McHugh said (mother of team member Melissa).
Local schools stepped up and raised money for Miles of Hope all throughout October. “We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of this community,” added Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood. “John Jay has always been so generous to us and this year women’s soccer as well as volleyball had pink games in our honor. We can’t wait for basketball season!”