The Walk Results Are In!

2016
And the results are in! The 2016 Miles of Hope Hudson Valley Community Walk for Breast Cancer Totals are official! And the prize for the individual and team that raised the most goes to our 2016 Honoree, Dana Effron, and Dana’s Team.
The Walk raised a total of $68,780 gross income.
Congratulations to everyone who made this event such a success!
$13,435  Team Dana
$  6,259  Ali’s Mitzvah March
$  3,220  Rockin Rays of Hope
$  2,848  Team Shari
$  1,997  Emmy Josephs

Amenia Business Donates to Breast Cancer Programs

2016
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: jacks@jacksautoservice.com; (845) 373-9757

Free Public Forum on Genetic Testing

2016
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: 411@beaconhebrewalliance.org

Tay Fisher and Kingston Basketball Youth Raise Money for Miles of Hope

2016
Harlem Globetrotter, Tay Fisher, gives back to his hometown every opportunity he gets. Growing up in Kingston, Mr. Fisher played basketball and honed his craft enabling him to join the elite basketball entertainment group and tour the world. He now runs a youth basketball camp in Kingston and every October, a youth tournament which highlights local talent and raises money for breast cancer programs at the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
“This is the second year that Tay has raised money for us,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. “His efforts not only raise money and awareness, they give kids the chance to understand what it means to give back and support a local charity.”
Miles of Hope funds support and outreach for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley. For more information: www.milesofhope.org/old
Photo: Tay Fisher and Ms. Pari Forood 
To contact Tay Fisher: Fisher4saints@aol.com

Craft Show Benefits Local Breast Cancer Programs

2016
October 22, at the Town of Poughkeepsie Senior Citizen Center, the Community Friends 9th Annual Craft Show will feature over 30 local artisans and vendors with everything from crafts to homemade desserts. (see attached) All proceeds from the event benefit the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation providing support and outreach to people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley (www.milesofhope.org/old).
 
“Thanks to Emily Craig and her wonderful committee of volunteers, we have enjoyed this event for 9 years,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. “Emily organizes this every year and we are honored by her support. She is not only a pillar of our community but a breast cancer survivor and realtor!”
For more information see below or hit reply or
Emily Craig <erctiptop@yahoo.com>
 
LOCATION: Town of Poughkeepsie, Senior Citizen Center, 14 Abe’s Way; 845-462-0265

DATE: Sat., Oct. 22nd TIME: 10am-4pm

ADMISSION DONATION: Adults: $3.00 & Seniors: $2.00

WIN BEAUTIFUL GIFT BASKETS! (every 15 minutes)

WIN GIANT PUMPKIN! from “Guess the Weight” Contest

PROFESSIONAL MASSAGE THERAPY ( $1.00 per minute)

ONCOLOGY NURSES’ blood-pressure readings

AUTHOR’S BOOKS SIGNINGS & ARTIST’S CARICATURE SKETCHES

Beacon Girls softball raises the bar for Miles of Hope

The Beacon Girls Softball and Beacon XTreme Travel Softball teams donated all funds raised at the September Fall Classic Tournament to the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation and presented a check at the Hits for Hope Softball Tournament this past weekend.

Beacon Girls Softball is a program run by the city’s Recreation Department for 35 years.  Beacon XTreme is the travel Softball team started 15 years with 12U, 14U, 16U, 18U, and 18 Over divisions.

Coach Paul Correa said: “We have held the September Fall Classic for the last 6 years donating all proceeds to local families or people in need. This year we voted to donate the money to Miles of Hope because they help so many people in our area.”

Photo:
16U Team Volunteers Left To Right: Coach Paul Correa, DaVonia LaMar,
Leah Cole, Alaina Geraci, Katelynn Rose, Miles of Hope Development Associate
Jen Oppenheim, Karsen Leggett, Taylor Guerra, Mackenzie Kirby, Coach Fran Lawless
Missing: Emery Gibbons, Sarah Mahoney, Haley Jackson, Grace Bonitz,
Fiona Shackleton, Coaches Bob Palisi and Sara DiMaio.

Miles of Hope funds support and outreach for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley.
for more information: www.milesofhope.org/old

For more information on this release: Paul Correa, pjcjr@optonline.net
47 Union Street, Beacon; 845-590-4729

Beer Festival Ticket Sales Benefit Miles of Hope

2016
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:

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

2016

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.” http://milesofhope.org/old/

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: http://milesofhope.org/old/walk-for-breast-cancer/ 

For more info: hit reply: pari@milesofhope.org/old

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

2016
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; http://www.hudsonriverrowing.org/
COST: Free to all affected by breast cancer
For information and to register, email: info@milesofhope.org/old


Dragon Boat Race and Festival 2016

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: dutchessdragonboats.org 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.