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Multiple County Executives, State Senator, Mayor, School Superintendents to Declare Miles of Hope Day


Dutchess, Westchester, and Rockland County Executives along with School Superintendents from 8 Hudson Valley Counties, State Senator Sue Serino, and Mayor Rob Rolison will all declare 10-14-16 Miles of Hope Day in their respective constituencies at a press event this Thursday, 9/8/16 in the Poughkeepsie Journal Courtyard at 11:30.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro will officially declare 10-14-16 Miles of Hope Day in Dutchess and proclamations will be read from County Executives Rob Astorino of Westchester and Ed Day of Rockland as well as school districts in the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley including Arlington Central and Wappingers Central School Districts naming October 14, 2016 Miles of Hope Day.

Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood explained that the event on 9/8 will help kick-off the Community Walk for Breast Cancer on 9/25 and October Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well.

“The Miles of Hope Hudson Valley Community Walk for Breast Cancer is September 25, at James Baird State Park,” explained Ms. Forood, “and we are here with all of these elected officials to help announce the Walk, Breast Cancer Awareness month and Miles of Hope Day.”

Senator Sue Serino will announce a $20,000 grant to Miles of Hope to fund programs helping people in treatment for breast cancer with a financial emergency, in Dutchess and Putnam counties.

“Senator Serino has once again secured these funds for us to help those affected by breast cancer in our Hudson Valley,” Ms. Forood said.

“Traditionally, we invite all county and city employees (and anyone else!) to take a symbolic walk around the block in the city of Poughkeepsie with us after the press conference, to emphasize the importance of exercise and good health in the fight against cancer,” Ms. Forood said.

After some short speeches, the assembled group will walk on a path around the city covering a few blocks in preparation for the 5K Walk at James Baird State Park in October: 

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Miles of Hope/HRRA free rowing classes for breast cancer survivors

Miles of Hope and the Hudson River Rowing Association are collaborating to offer free dry land rowing classes to all breast cancer patients and survivors.
“Medical experts, doctors, cancer researchers and specialists all agree now that exercise after breast cancer is good for the patient both mentally and physically,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood.

According to an article in BU Today, “Studies show that exercise benefits breast cancer survivors,” says Michael Stone, chief of surgical oncology at Boston Medical Center and a School of Medicine professor. “Exercise improves breast cancer survivors’ quality of life,” he says. “In the old days, they were told not to exercise, but I think that has been largely debunked. It helps with confidence and body image, and they feel better.”

Kimberly Kochem, Our Lady of Lordes crew coach, will lead the classes for breast cancer survivors at the Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse.
“Kimberly came to me with this idea a few months ago and I thought it was brilliant,” explained Ms. Forood. “She is a former Marist rower and a rowing coach and the perfect person to lead/teach this class. We are honored and grateful to collaborate with Kimberly and the HRRA on this class for breast cancer survivors.”

For more information: 
WHEN: All Tuesdays in September: 9/ 6, 13, 20, 27
TIME: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
WHAT: Dry Land Rowing Class for Breast Cancer patients and survivors
WHERE: Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse, 270-272 N Water St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
(845) 206-4765;
COST: Free to all affected by breast cancer
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Dragon Boat Race and Festival 2016

DDBF_Poster_Small_PhotocopyThe Dragon Boat Race and Festival on July 23, at the Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse, 270-272 N Water St, Poughkeepsie, will benefit both the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation and Arts Mid Hudson. The day long celebration and competition will feature 8 dragon boats transported to the Hudson Valley by 22 Dragons of Montreal, Canada. Individual paddlers as well as corporate teams will compete on the Hudson River from 8:00 – 3:00.

Watch the video: Click Here

For more information and to register for both individuals and teams: Festival details: While the Dragon Boat Races proceed on the Hudson River, the Festival runs along the shore. Master Kwan returns for the third year to perform the Lion Dance for the opening and closing ceremonies. The Roadhouse Roosters will perform on the main stage this year, bringing uptempo boogie, blues and rock repertoire with electric and acoustic slide guitar.

Under the festival tent there will be art demonstrations by local artists and experiential stations for origami, kite making, calligraphy, and dragon face painting for children. Local artists will demonstrate and exhibit their art, and the Chinese food arts will be demonstrated for all to see how to make dumplings, spring rolls and other Chinese delicacies. Community groups will be present to share information on their services. The festival also includes local food vendors serving up fresh treats, including Twisted Soul, YumYum Noodle truck, Lemon Love, Nino’s Big Bite, Tea Talk, Reggae Boy, and Carole’s Hot Dogs. The culmination of the day will be the presentation of the Dragon Boat racing awards by Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro.

Miles of Hope Awards Scholarships to Dutchess, Ulster, Orange and Westchester Students

Miles of Hope, the Hudson Valley’s only local breast cancer foundation, announced today the awarding of scholarships in 4 counties, to high school seniors whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.
“High school seniors in Dutchess, Ulster, Orange and Westchester Counties received scholarships for college,” explained Executive Director Pari Forood.
“Their academic performance, extracurricular activities and breast cancer volunteer activities are exemplary. Plus their essays showed us how their lives were affected by breast cancer sometimes in heartbreaking ways with the loss of a loved one,” she continued.
Miles of Hope Scholarships:
  • General Scholarship: Scholarship awarded to students affected by breast cancer.
  • Betty Benecke Memorial Scholarship: Students meeting the Miles of Hope scholarship criteria and pursuing a career in the arts. 
  • Betty Howard Memorial Scholarship: Students meeting the Miles of Hope scholarship criteria and who plan to pursue a healthcare related field of study.
  • Michael Benecke Memorial Scholarship: Students meeting the Miles of Hope scholarship criteria and reflect Michael’s values of the importance of higher education and social justice.
“My family has endowed these 3 scholarships in memory of my mother, Betty Benecke; my sister, Betty Howard; and my brother, Michael Benecke,” said Cathy Varunok, Co-Founder of Miles of Hope. “My sister and mother both had breast cancer and they are the reason for starting Miles of Hope with Co-Founder Dana Effron. Everytime we help a student who has been touched by this disease, I think of my family and how proud they would be to know that we are making a difference in young lives.”
The Scholarships will be awarded at the Foundation’s Annual Spring Brunch on May 1, at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie.

MoH Scholarship Awardees

Cancer patient receives wig made from nurse’s hair


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,

Read the article

School Districts Pink Out for Breast Cancer!


Vail Farm Elementary goes pink!

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.)

“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.

Marist Volleyball Spikes Pink!


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.

Senator Serino Announces $20K for Local Breast Cancer Programs

sue serinoNew York State Senator Sue Serino announced a $20,000 grant to the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, a regional charity which funds support services for people affected by breast cancer within the eight counties of the Hudson Valley.
“After 11 years, Miles of Hope has given away over $1.2 million to programs and outreach and education helping all of our neighbors, family and friends affected by breast cancer. I am especially proud to announce that I was able to secure $20,000 for Miles of Hope for their Medical Gap Care program providing financial assistance to people in treatment for breast cancer in Dutchess and Putnam Counties,” said Serino. (more…)

Subscribe to Miles of Hope’s Google Calendar

calDid you know you can subscribe to our Google Calendar from your own Google calendar? 

You will see all Miles of Hope upcoming events. Many people are set to receive notifications from Google Calendars.

To subscribe to our calendar you will need to use either an email address or a link.
  • The email address to use is info at milesofhope dot org
Read this page on the Google website about how to subscribe to someone else’s calendar.

Kick-off for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Poughkeepsie Journal Courtyard Sept. 10, 2015

october-awareness-logo-medCome to the Press Conference and Kick-off for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 2015. This free event will take place on September 10 at 11:30 AM in the Poughkeepsie Journal Building courtyard, 85 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY.

Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation has sponsored this for a number of years, and it is popular. The local charity’s Executive Director, Pari Forood, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, Dr. Kari Reiber and NY State Senator Sue Serino will be making brief remarks. Senator Serino will also present a check to the Foundation Co-Founders for breast cancer support programs funded in a Senate bill which she sponsored.

Afterwards the elected officials and Miles of Hope volunteers and breast cancer survivors will walk around the block surrounding the city municipal buildings to illustrate the benefits of exercise and adoption of a healthy lifestyle to reduce cancer risk.

All elected officials are invited to attend as well as all members of the public.

The 13th annual Hudson Valley Community Walk for Breast Cancer will be held Sunday, October 4, 2015 at James Baird State Park in Pleasant Valley, NY. More about the Walk.

Update Sept 10: Here is a video of the event!