Miles of Hope on ABC TV’s New York ViewPoint – This Foundation is Going “Big Time!”
On Sunday, October 18, Miles of Hope founders Dana Effron and Cathy Varunok, and executive director Pari Forood, were interviewed on ABC TV’s New York Viewpoint.
This amazing 8-minute segment was broadcast to 36,000 households. We expect that this kind of exposure will help increase our outreach to those affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley. We want to help as many people affected by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley as possible!
Watch the TV segment online now.
At the Dutchess Lodge Charities Night in Wappingers Falls on Oct 21, the Knights of Pythius presented Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood with a donation collected from its membership.
Kirshon and Company received plaques and accolades from Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation Co-Founders Cathy Varunok and Dana Effron as the organization/business who raised the most money at the Community Walk for Breast Cancer.
Kirshon and Company, a CPA firm on Mill Street in Poughkeepsie, raised over $5000 for the Walk benefiting Miles of Hope.
From left to right: Sue Mackson, Mohammad Farhad, Miles of Hope Co-Founder Cathy Varunok, Bharat Thakkar, Tammy Acard, Miles of Hope Co-Founder Dana Effron, Jaime Modica, Melanie Lindmark
Team Kirshon at the Community Walk for Breast Cancer on September 27, 2009
Alan Lemberger, official volunteer Miles of Hope photographer, was honored by the Arlington School district and inducted into the “Sports Museum of Dutchess County Hall of Fame” on Sunday October 4, 2009. Al was recognized for his many years of volunteer service as a sports photographer, specifically for the Arlington School District and the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
The Community Walk for Breast Cancer, on September 27, raised over $60,000 with over 300 walkers participating at James Baird State Park in Pleasant Valley. 50 women walking were survivors and many were still in treatment for breast cancer.
“We were thrilled to see so many survivors, like me, walking with us,” Dana Effron, co-founder of the Foundation stated. “The Walk committee, this year, was chaired by Emily Himelstein, a recent survivor and her entire committee of 12 women was all breast cancer survivors, as well.”
“”Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in the U.S. (excluding skin cancer), and in 2008, an estimated 182,460 new cases will be diagnosed; in Dutchess County, the average is 200 per year,” explained Cathy Varunok, co-founder of the Foundation.
“If detected early, the five-year survival rate exceeds 95%. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, yet 13 million U.S. women 40 years of age or older have never had a mammogram.”
“As frightening as the statistics are, there is still good news: the survival rate for breast cancer has increased exponentially in the past ten years. The simple explanation is that we are finding it and then treating it in the earlier stages,” said Mrs. Varunok, an Occupational Therapist specializing in breast cancer treatment.
The National Cancer Institute and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend that women in their forties and older have mammograms every one to two years. A complete early detection plan also includes regular clinical breast examinations by a trained medical professional. Monthly breast self-exams are suggested in addition.
“The Community Walk is intended to honor those who have been treated for breast cancer and to remember those who are no longer with us. Its purpose is to bring awareness to the disease and the fact that women need to have mammograms at least once a year,” Mrs. Effron explained.
The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation not only provides funding for support services for people affected by breast cancer, it tries to educate and disseminate information as well. To date, they have funded mammogram projects in Westchester, Putnam, Ulster and Dutchess Counties. The Northern Westchester Hospital project seeks to identify members of the Latina community who are at risk for breast cancer and bring them to the hospital for a mammogram. The Medical Gap Care Fund for individuals who are faced with life emergencies and/or costs not covered by health insurance while they are undergoing treatment for breast cancer, has paid for countless mammograms in the eight counties of the Hudson Valley covered by the Foundation.
“We would like to thank our Walk Chairman, Emily Himelstein and her committee, for their tireless efforts on our behalf, and our major sponsors: the Poughkeepsie Journal, DRA Imaging, the Irving & Gloria Schlossberg Family Fund, Dr. Arthur Menken, Kirshon & Co. and Dr. Radhika Rachamalla, ” Mrs. Effron and Mrs. Varunok said.