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Amenia Business Donates to Breast Cancer Programs

Each year Linda and Jack Gregory of Jack’s Auto Service in Amenia raise money for Miles of Hope. They do it to recognize Linda’s mother, a breast cancer survivor, and to help local people battling the disease.
“This year, we performed 265 oil changes in the month of October with a portion of each going to Miles of Hope!” Mrs. Gregory explained.
In the photo, Jack Gregory is presenting Pari Forood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope with a check for $1325.
“Linda and Jack and their daughter Kaitlin, are some of the most generous business owners/operators in the Hudson Valley,” Ms. Forood said.
“They take it upon themselves to design a fund raiser, promote and publicize it, and then present us with the proceeds. We are able to help so many people affected by breast cancer because of people like the Gregory’s and their generous customers. Thank you to all who donate to Miles of Hope in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” she added.
photo- L-R: Adam Zies-Way, Mike Hamilton, Brian Mackay, Jim Killmer, Kyle Barron, Linda Gregory, Jack Gregory, Pari Forood (ED, Miles of Hope), Kaitlin Gregory & Erin Whalen
For more information: Linda Gregory:; (845) 373-9757

Free Public Forum on Genetic Testing

The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation and the Beacon Hebrew Alliance will host a free public forum on Genetic Testing and the BRCA genetic test, November 13, from 2:00 – 4:00 at the Beacon Hebrew Alliance, 331 Verplanck Avenue, Beacon. Light refreshments will be served from 1:30-2:00. All are welcome. (attached information flyer)
“This is an opportunity for anyone to come and ask questions from experts on genetic testing, the BRCA gene, breast cancer risk, and general health,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood.
“Dr. Amy Novatt, MD FACOG, Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northern Dutchess Hospital, and Chairman of the Medical Committee of our Board of Directors, has organized this forum for people who may be interested in learning more about how a genetic test can benefit them,” Ms. Forood said.
The free Public Forum will feature physicians as well as genetic counselors who will make presentations and then answer questions from the audience. (please see attached flyer)
For more information: 845.831.2012 | Email:

Beer Festival Ticket Sales Benefit Miles of Hope

Enter a special promo code (MH2016) and the price of your ticket to the Harbor Island International Beer Festival in Harbor Island Park, Mamaroneck, NY on Saturday, September 24, (noon – 5:00) will benefit the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. The Festival features 400+ beers and 20 Artisanal food vendors, live music and the 2016 Samuel Adams National Stein Hoisting Competition.
Use this link and enter promo code MH2016:

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.

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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.

Car Meet Raises $5500 for Local Breast Cancer Programs

Andrew Flynn lost his mother to breast cancer when he was in high school. He combines his love for cars with his memories of his mother and organizes the Lake Effect Car Meet every year to raise money for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
At the James Baird State Park, 200 cars jammed the parking lot to talk, compare vehicles and network about parts, bikes, trucks, and all things motorized.
“Andrew does this all on his own,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. “He organizes the event, publicizes it on his popular fb page and raises money for us so that we can help people affected by breast cancer in our Hudson Valley.”
Miles of Hope, a 13 year old public charity based in Dutchess County, funds support services and outreach for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley.

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photo: Best car, Mike Janos with his 1990 BMW M3
photo: Best bike, Curt Case with his 2015 Honda Grom
photo: Andrew Flynn, Pari Forood in front of 2015 Best Car
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John Jay Softball Honors Miles of Hope

Bonnie Muller’s daughter, Ally Muller, is the pitcher on the John Jay softball team.
“Every year, the girls decide to raise money for a local charity that means something to them,” she explained.
“For the past few years it was Miles of Hope because of all they do for people affected by breast cancer here in the Hudson Valley.” As a team parent, Mrs. Muller helped to organize fund raising efforts with the soft ball team.

Coaches, Mike Crocco and Ken Schaeffer, fully supported the teams fund raising efforts through bake sales, 50/50 raffles, and t-shirt sales. “Goal Evolution Athletic Supply in Hopewell Junction donated a portion of their t-shirt proceeds to this donation,” explained Coach Crocco.
In the photo, the John Jay softball team presents Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood, with a check for $1300.
“I hugged every girl on the team (2nd photo) to thank them for this wonderful donation,” explained Ms. Forood.
“Every one of them knew someone, whether it was a relative or a teacher or a friend’s parent or grandparent, with breast cancer. They know that their hard work will directly help people with breast cancer right here in their community.”

Miles of Hope Announces IBM Groundbreaking Presentation at Annual Event

Founders and EDThe Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation announced today that on May 1, at the Foundation’s annual Spring Brunch in Poughkeepsie, IBM will present groundbreaking innovations for treating breast cancer with Watson Health.

Nicknamed Watson for Oncology, the cloud-based cognitive computing platform developed by IBM, provides personalized, evidence-based treatment recommendations by analyzing a patient’s data, such as genetics, lifestyle and hospital scans.

According to hospital officials in published articles and reports, it takes Watson Health less than a minute to sift through large volumes of patient information, medical research and worldwide medical guidelines and provide a report detailing individualized treatment options.

According to one health care administrator, “in the future, breast cancer won’t be breast cancer. It will be a series of molecular cancers that occur in the breast — same with colorectal cancer. Treatment will be based on the molecular genetics of the cancer rather than the histology of the cancer.”

“Targeted therapies, molecular therapies and chain therapies will come along and keeping track will be increasingly difficult. Watson Health provides us a way to be virtually and instantaneously up-to-date.”

From an article in Wired: “According to Sloan-Kettering, only around 20% of the knowledge that human doctors use when diagnosing patients and deciding on treatments relies on trial-based evidence. It would take at least 160 hours of reading a week just to keep up with new medical knowledge as it’s published, let alone consider its relevance or apply it practically. Watson’s ability to absorb this information faster than any human should, in theory, fix a flaw in the current healthcare model.”

Pari Forood, Executive Director of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation said: “In a nutshell, Watson Health gathers patient data and compares these against known cases. It then provides a report detailing options for individualized treatments. This system hopes to fill ‘skill gaps’ across healthcare and other industries thus revolutionizing breast cancer treatment.”

She continued: “We are thrilled that IBM has chosen the Miles of Hope event to present this game-changing innovation to the Hudson Valley, its home for so many years. We fund support services for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley but if Watson Health puts us out of business, we are ok with that!”

Major sponsors of the event include: Health Quest, James J. McCann Charitable Trust, Arnoff Moving and Storage, Premier Medical Group, Hudson Cadillac/Buick/GMC, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Hudson River Fruit, Marcia Brady Tucker Foundation, C2G Environmental, Jane W. Nuhn Trust, Dr. Joel Canter, Poughkeepsie South Rotary Club, Millman Harris Romano Foundation, Race for the Cure, Judelson Giordano and Seigel, Berkshire Hathaway, Caremount Medical, D’Arcangelo, Advance Testing, North River Abstract, Monica and Jacob Frydman, The Kapstone Corporation, Williams Lumber and Home Center, Rose and Kiernan, Poughkeepsie Journal, Dutchess Pro Print, Harold Albinder, Brookside Meadowns, NY Design Center, Dana and Ira Effron. 

Photo attachment (L-R): Miles of Hope Co-Founder Cathy Varunok, Executive Director Pari Forood, Co-Founder Dana Effron

For more information:

Miles of Hope – 845-264-2005 or

Miles of Hope Brunch Honors Minority Activists

On May 1, at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie, the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation will honor two breast cancer survivors (photos below left to right: Patty Nelson, Nettie Womack) who have taken it upon themselves to educate minority groups on breast cancer prevention and risk reduction.

f640593a-820a-4ef6-8a71-5b8c024bc576Nettie Womack and Patty Nelson, sisters, breast cancer survivors, and activists in their African American community, reach out to this minority population at church and social gatherings organized through their Women of Faith Health and Wellness Ministry.

“A new report from the American Cancer Society finds that breast cancer rates among African American women in the United States are increasing. For decades, African-American women had been getting breast cancer at a slower rate than white women, but that gap is now closing,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood.

“Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, after skin cancer. It accounts for nearly 1 in 3 cancers diagnosed in women. By the end of 2015, an estimated 231,840 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and an estimated 40,290 women died from that disease,” Ms. Forood said.NettieWomack

Co-Founder of Miles of Hope Cathy Varunok continued: “Even though black women have historically had lower incidence rates than white women, death rates among black women have been higher. In fact, the black-white disparity in breast cancer death rates has increased over time; by 2014, death rates were 42% higher in black women than white women.”

Miles of Hope Board of Directors Chairman, Lisa Arnoff, praised the Foundation’s efforts to reach out to the African American community: “It is so important that we spread the knowledge of prevention and risk reduction to this population. Nettie and Patty have taken it upon themselves to organize breakfasts and teas at area churches, and talk personally and compassionately about their treatment and recovery. They are selfless and generous and deserve all the praise we can give them!”

“One of our major priorities at Miles of Hope has always been to initiate and fund programs to educate minority populations on breast cancer prevention. Nettie and Patty have been doing this for a few years and when we connected with them, we immediately offered our organizational and funding support,” added Ms. Forood.

Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation is a non-profit public charity with a mission to fund support services for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley. All funds raised regionally are expended on services and support for Hudson Valley residents.


Hannaford Supports Local Breast Cancer Fund

Hannaford Supermarkets has chosen the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation as the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from the sale of reusable supermarket bags. The bags, pictured in the photo below and attached are for sale at every Hannaford market with $1.00 of the $2.00 purchase price designated for Miles of Hope.
“Hannafords and Miles of Hope have been great supportive partners since we were founded almost 13 years ago,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. “They have donated sports drinks, water, energy bars and bags to many Miles of Hope events throughout our history and we are indebted to them for their community spirit.”
Joyce Boss, Manager of Customer Service (845-473-0454) said that Hannaford’s customers overwhelmingly chose Miles of Hope as the local charity to support. “Our customers and our staff all know Miles of Hope and the vital service they perform in our community. We are honored to be helping such a great organization.”
Miles of Hope is a 501-c-3, public charity with a mission to fund support services for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley, NY.
“All money raised here in our community stays here, helping people who need us,” added Ms. Forood.

March Madness Benefits Breast Cancer

March Madness is coming to Poughkeepsie with the The 11th Annual Hoops for Hope Women’s and Men’s Basketball Tournament benefiting the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at the McCann Recreation Center at Marist College in Poughkeepsie.

Hoops for Hope is a 3 on 3 charity basketball tournament with a mission to raise funds for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. There are competitive and non-competitive divisions. (photo)
“The women participating in this tournament range from former UCONN all-stars to moms inspired by their athletic children, to those playing in support of a friend or loved one,” explained Pari Forood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope. “It is a fun day with everyone benefiting from exercise in the bleak mid-winter. I urge any and all women who are bored with the treadmill at the gym to come play basketball with us and register a team on line at”
Miles of Hope Foundation Co-Founder Cathy Varunok said: “All of the sports competitions that we sponsor are designed to be a friendly message emphasizing the benefits of exercise to all women. The Family Fun 5K Run on April 23, Goals for Hope Women’s Soccer Tournament in July, Hits for Hope Women’s Softball Tournament in October, and this basketball tournament are not about winning or losing but about participating and recognizing that we can be proactive about our health.”
“Minimum team size at Hoops is 3 players and registration is only $200 which covers all fees and represents a donation to Miles of Hope. Registration covers up to 6 players; the fee for additional players is $25 each and registration ends March 11,” explained Tournament Committee member Cathy Weir.
Shannon Leddy, whose mother is a 33 year cancer survivor and was honored at Hoops for Hope 2009, has been a volunteer for Miles of Hope for 11 years: “Joining the Hoops Committee back in 2008 seemed a natural fit because I was a basketball player in high school and loved the idea of an athletic tournament that promoted teamwork, activity and good health while also honoring amazing women.”
Each year Hoops for Hope is dedicated to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of our event. 2016 Hoops for Hope Honoree is Kate Briskey from Hyde Park, NY. She graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School-where she played basketball- and then Marist College with a CIS degree. Kate married her husband of 33 years, Ken (her high school sweetheart) and raised their four children, Ben, Dan, Emily, and Elizabeth, as a stay-at-home mom also in Hyde Park. Kate and Ken now have two grandchildren, Lena and Felix, and one on the way!

In May 2015, two months after finding a lump in her breast, Kate was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer. This was less than two weeks after she lost her beloved mom, Jane Eckelman, to breast cancer. Her mom had been diagnosed just four months prior.

An athlete and self-described “caregiver,” Kate loves to entertain and do for others, as well as spend time with her family and grandkids. She picked up a basketball 20 years after graduating from Lourdes and played in the Casperkill Women’s League, which led to her participation in the Hoops for Hope Tournament for the past many years. Her brother has also participated all these years as a referee!

Kate says she was fortunate to find her lump early making her a shining example of the importance of self-examination and early detection. Still, given her active lifestyle and age, she never thought she would get cancer. “I have always eaten well, exercised and taken care of my health. Anyone can get cancer. It behooves us to do all we can to be healthy, but we also can’t live in fear of cancer or illness.”
For more information: or contact Tournament Director, Jen Oppenheim at  
The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation is a 501-c-3 non-profit public charity with a mission to fund support services for people affected by breast cancer within the Hudson Valley, NY.