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Bonnie Boxes: Boxes of Love for Cancer Warriors

Cindy Snow (L) with Miles of Hope Co-founder Cathy Varunok

Cindy Snow (l.) with Miles of Hope co-founder Cathy Varunok

Bonnie Boxes are decorative boxes that contain essential items for individuals undergoing cancer treatments. Items fulfill physical, emotional, and psychosocial needs. The boxes and their contents are donated and assembled by volunteers and made with love.

Volunteer Cindy Snow spearheads this amazing venture. The photo shows Cindy with MOH co-founder Cathy Varunok.

We need more volunteers! Would you like to volunteer to make Bonnie Boxes? Fill in our contact form today and write “I want to volunteer for Bonnie Boxes” in the comments!

More about Bonnie Boxes

Thank you, Cindy, for making a difference!

Pink Friday in Warwick, Oct. 10

pink fridayOn Friday evening, Oct. 10, the Merchants Guild of the Village of Warwick, Bon Secours Charity Health System and the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation will join in the celebration of the 3rd annual “Pink Friday.”

Pink Friday, which evolved from “Think Pink,” a local fund raiser for breast cancer research, is the brainchild of Warwick businessman Tim Mullally, who presented the idea to the Warwick Merchants Guild.

The event, a festive as well as educational evening, is sponsored by Bon Secours Charity Health System Community Outreach.   The Bon Secours Charity Health System is comprised of St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Suffern  and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis.

“You can expect to see local hair salons providing makeovers and eyebrow threading, massages and henna tattoos,” Mullally said in the press release announcing the program. “Also on the Railroad Green there will be a lineup of dance performances and fitness demonstrations. And we’ll have music to dance the night away.”

Besides the many colorful shops and eateries participating and offering special discounts, gifts and other promotions, there will also be several dozen street vendors along Main Street and Railroad Avenue.

The BSCHS Community Outreach program, stationed in a large tent on Railroad Green, will offer free educational information and gifts for all attendees.

Staff members from the Women’s Imaging Center at St. Anthony Community Hospital will be on hand to describe the many services they offer.

Participating shops and restaurants will donate a percentage of the day’s proceeds to Miles of Hope, a nonprofit charity that funds support services and outreach for people affected by breast cancer in the eight counties of the Hudson Valley. And Pari Forood, executive director of Miles of Hope, will be on hand with information on support services for people affected by breast cancer.

“We are honored to partner with the Warwick Merchant’s Guild on Pink Friday,” said Barbara Demundo, system director of Outreach for Bon Secours Charity Health System. “This inaugural event promises to be the beginning of something powerful – something that has the potential to save lives.”

Click to download flyer/poster

Tom and Pari Pink Friday

Tim Mullally, Pink Friday organizer and Pari Forood, Executive Director, Miles of Hope.

Info: Tim at 845-986-6996 or 

New Support Groups from Support Connection

support-connectionSupport Connection has announced two new monthly support groups for women with breast cancer, starting in January 2014.

Breast and Ovarian Cancer Support Group at Vassar Brothers Medical Center:

  • Open to women with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer, at all stages of diagnosis, treatment and post-treatment.
  • 1st session Jan 7 2014
  • Held the 1st Tues. of each month at 10 am

Toll-Free Telephone Support Group for Women with Advanced or Metastatic Breast Cancer:

  • Open to women with recurrent, advanced stage or metastatic cancer.
  • Available to women nationwide via toll-free teleconference
  • 1st session Jan. 6 2014
  • Held the 1st Monday of each month at 8 pm (NY time)
Participation is free but preregistration is required. For info or to register, call Support Connection 914-962-6402, or toll-free 800-532-4290.

Free Clinical Breast Exam and Mammography Sept. 10

stlukesnewburghOn Tuesday, September 10, 5-8 pm, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital will provide Free Clinical Breast Exams and Mammographies at its Newburgh campus, Radiology Department [map]. If you have insurance, your co-pay will be waived.

Please call Central Scheduling at 845-458-4000 to schedule an appointment. For more screening information, please call 845-458-4545.

Click to download flyer.

Hudson Valley’s First Cancer Survivorship Summit June 8 *UPDATE*

hv cancer resource center
*UPDATE* Conference fee will be waived for any cancer patient, survivor or member over age 55. Just call and register with the Hudson Valley Cancer Resource Center – 845-457-5000.

Hudson Valley Cancer Resource Center will present the Hudson Valley’s first cancer survivorship summit on Saturday, June 8, 2013, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at Kaplan Hall, SUNY Orange, Newburgh, NY.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you know the challenges of the cancer journey. The cancer survivorship summit is Hudson Valley’s first conference devoted entirely to living life during and after cancer. This conference will provide you with innovative tools and practical resources to help you through cancer and back to living and loving life after cancer.

Meet and hear many of our nation’s top experts on living your best life after cancer.

For more information and to register, visit the Hudson Valley Cancer Resource Center web site.

Peer-to-Peer Program for Breast Cancer Patients


Peer-to-Peer Program The Miles of Hope Peer-to-Peer Program allows breast cancer patients to connect with trained cancer survivors. This program is especially important for those newly diagnosed with breast cancer, but anyone with a breast cancer patient in their lives can utilize the peer-to-peer program.

If you would like to speak with a breast or ovarian cancer survivor, please call 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. A peer councellor is on staff Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to provide individualized support.

This program focuses on individual needs and personalized support, providing information and resources to breast cancer patients and to their caregivers, spouses, children, family and friends, either on the phone or in the Yorktown Heights office.

Call the Support Connection hotline at 914-962-6402 or 800-532-4290. This is a free service, sponsored by the many wonderful supporters of Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation


Medical Gap Care Fund for Breast Cancer Patients

The Medical Gap Care Fund was established to help individuals who reside in one of the eight counties of the Hudson Valley, NY, and are in treatment for breast cancer with a financial emergency not covered by insurance. The program is funded by Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation and administered by social service agencies in the eight counties of the region.

Use the table below to locate the county in which you reside on the left, and call the appropriate agency and person at the phone number provided.

Medical Gap Care Partners Who Help Administer the Medical Gap Care Fund





Columbia Community Action Partnership of Dutchess County Liz Spira 845-452-5104 x103
Dutchess Community Action Partnership of Dutchess County Liz Spira 845-452-5104 x103
Greene Family of Woodstock Carroll Sisco 845-331-7080 x131
Orange Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Centers Regina McGrade 845-220-3152
Putnam Putnam Community Action Partnership Melissa Schneider 845-278-8021 X19
Rockland Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Centers Regina McGrade 845-220-3152
Ulster Family of Woodstock Carroll Sisco 845-331-7080 x131
Westchester Cancer Support Team Lucille Winton 914-777-5479


“Pamper Me Packs” Donated to Breast Cancer Patients


Venus Mosher, Regional VP of Arbonne Skin Care presents Dr. Angela Keleher, Director of the Breast Center at the Dyson Cancer Center at Vassar Brothers Medical Center with complimentary ‘Pamper Me Packs’ for breast cancer patients.

Pamper Me Packs

L-R: Diane Surman and Caitlyn Colon of Specialty Fittings, Venus Mosher, Dr. Keleher, Ann Mowry of Specialty Fittings, Pari Forood, Exec Director of Miles of Hope

“These small packages contain products for women who may have sensitivities to over the counter skin care,” Ms. Mosher explained. “We specialize in products with a minimum of chemicals which may exacerbate an existing condition or issue after surgery or in recovery.”

The packs will be given to all breast cancer patients by Specialty Fittings which runs La Boutique in the Dyson Center (845-483-6522) specializing in products for women post surgery.

“When Venus first contacted us, we were thrilled,” explained Pari Forood, Executive Director of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

“There isn’t enough we can do for women after they have been diagnosed. Here at the Dyson Center and at St. Francis Hospital, we fund a free massage therapy program for any one in treatment for breast cancer and we recommend people to Specialty Fittings all the time as they answer many questions concerning clothing, wigs, and items related to their mastectomy. Now, to be able to give them a small gift is our sincere pleasure.”
The Arbonne executive came to Miles of Hope to donate the skin care products and Ms. Forood suggested they be given out at the Dyson Center.

Dr. Keleher, Chairman of the Medical Committee of the Miles of Hope Board and the director and lead breast surgeon for the Breast Care Center at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care, is highly respected in the field of breast surgical oncology. She completed her training at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and then went on to be the Chief of Surgical Breast Oncology at Western Pennsylvania Hospital before coming to the Hudson Valley.
“I want all women to know that a breast cancer diagnosis is not necessarily fatal. The earlier we catch this disease, the easier it is for us to treat. If I had one recommendation for all women it would be to get a yearly mammogram and more frequently for those predisposed to breast cancer,” she said.

“For anyone concerned with the amount of radiation in a mammogram, I want to clearly state that it is equal to going on a plane and flying from New York to Phoenix and back. That flight and a mammogram have the same amount of radiation exposure,” Dr. Keleher further explained.

News Article on Miles of Hope Grants to Support Connection


An article in the Yorktown and Cortlandt Region blog describes grants made by Miles of Hope in support of a program by Support Connection of Yorktown, NY.

Peer Counseling ProgramSupport Connections provides a program called One-on-One Peer Counseling, which offers free, personalized, confidential support and education to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer, either on the phone or at their Yorktown Heights office. Miles of Hope provides partial funding for this program.

More about the One-on-One Peer Counseling program can be found on the Miles of Hope website.

Yoga Classes for Breast Cancer Patients


Clear Yoga of Rhinebeck is offering several free yoga classes to women going through breast cancer treatment.  No previous yoga experience is necessary.  There will be three sessions in 2012:

  • Saturday March 10th
  • Saturday June 2nd
  • Saturday September 15th

All classes run from 1:30 to 3:00 PM.

For more information, see the brochure, or call Clear Yoga at: 845 876 6129, or email

Clear Yoga