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!”
On Friday, October 16, every school in the Arlington and Millbrook Central School Districts went pink for breast cancer! (Photo shows Vail Farm Elementary School group.)
Vail Farm Elementary goes pink!
“We wanted to show our support for breast cancer education and programs and Miles of Hope,” explained Vail Farm Elementary School teacher, Bonnie Glick. “I am a volunteer for Miles of Hope and I see first hand the devastation of a breast cancer diagnosis. Here at our school and at all of the schools in our district, we have had administrators, teachers, parents, coaches, all affected by this disease,” she explained. “Miles of Hope steps in and helps people directly by providing financial assistance, scholarships, support programs, you name it!”
“School districts show their support in various ways during October, Breast Cancer Awareness month,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood.
“Sports teams will wear pink, classes will raise money for Miles of Hope, and entire schools will wear pink for a day to show solidarity for everyone affected by breast cancer within their community and in the region.”
“We have been honored with events by the Arlington tennis, field hockey, soccer teams and Millbrook football, Yorktown football, Somers football as well as Vassar and Marist teams, DCC and Mt. St. Mary’s, and now entire school districts. Young people need to know the benefits of a healthy lifestyle for reducing cancer risk and the importance of preventive medicine like mammograms when they are older. It is never to early to learn about good health!” Ms. Forood added.
“50 lucky people including breast cancer survivors will be holding the flags during the Opening Ceremonies when the Jets run on to the field,” explained Miles of Hope Co-Founder, Cathy Varunok.
“We’ve been working with the Jets organization to make this a fun outing for our volunteers and supporters and we are excited that so many people are joining us!” she added.
Miles of Hope is a regional breast cancer foundation with a mission to fund support services and outreach to people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley, NY. Events throughout October highlight not only fundraising efforts but education and outreach as well. October Calendar
“Look for us on the field at the beginning of the game as well as in the stands during the game- we will all be wearing our pink logo t-shirts (photo attached) and helping the Jets and the NFL recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood.
Marist Women’s Volleyball Team with Coach Amundson on the left and Miles of Hope ED Pari Forood on the right
Marist Women’s Volleyball played a pink game in honor of breast cancer awareness month and the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation on Sunday against Fairfield.
“The team wore pink jerseys and socks and we disseminated information about Miles of Hope and the services they provide for everyone in our area who is affected by breast cancer,” said Coach Laura Amundson.
“It was great to be with the team and chat with them about women’s health issues and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, even at their ages,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. “They admit to eating irregularly in the off-season and not getting enough sleep during finals, but otherwise, they have great attitudes and personal health practices.”
“One of our goals at Miles of Hope is to educate everyone on the importance of good nutrition and exercise to reduce cancer risk. We organize 6 major women’s sporting events annually to help women get off the bench or bleachers or sidelines and participate in Hoops for Hope, Goals for Hope, Hits for Hope, the Family Fun Run, Dragon Boat Races and the Community Walk for Breast Cancer. All levels are represented at every event so everyone can join in and get exercise while having fun!”
Ms. Forood further explained: “The risk of getting breast cancer increases with age. Approximately 77% of women with breast cancer are over the age of 50 at the time of diagnosis.We encourage our core population of post-menopausal women to use one of our events as incentive to get into shape and improve their overall health not just to reduce cancer risk, but risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes as well,” Ms. Forood stated.
After a fund raising car wash in LaGrange, a bounteous bakesale at the game, and a pink t-shirt sale all week in the halls, the Arlington Varsity field hockey team presented Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood, with a giant check for $1300. The Arlington Admirals field hockey team won Wednesday October 7’s home conference Pink Out game against Mahopac by a score of 1-0.
The Arlington Varsity field hockey team presents Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood with giant check for $1300
“We have more money to give Miles of Hope!” added Stephanie Grady, an enthusiastic mother of a player on the team, and one of the parent chaperone’s of the car wash.
“The big check represents proceeds from the car wash and donations from Arlington High School students however we have additional money from the bake sale and t-shirt sale,” explained coach Stephanie Tito.
“These young girls understand the value of preventive medicine, even at their ages. I was thrilled to be able to talk to them briefly on the field about encouraging their mothers and grandmothers- all female relatives over 50- to have an annual mammogram. And I also stressed the importance of a healthy diet to reduce cancer risk – they already know the benefits of exercise!” explained Ms. Forood.