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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.

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 

Forum: Preventing Breast and Ovarian Cancer with Genetic Testing

The Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation is presenting a free public forum, sponsored by Myriad Genetic Laboratories: Preventing Breast and Ovarian Cancer with Genetic Testing on April 9, 2014, from 6:00 – 8:30 pm at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Click to download flyer (PDF).

“There have been questions about the benefits of genetic testing ever since the actress Angelina Jolie elected to have a prophylactic double mastectomy after receiving a positive BRCA test,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood. “People with a history of breast and ovarian cancer in their family have questions, people with no history have questions– we just want to present a panel with experts open and free to the public on this important issue.”

Panelists will include: Kelli Mayfarth, MS, Certified Genetic Counselor at Vassar Brothers Medical Center; Dr. Jed Turk; Dr. Julia Schaefer-Cutillo; Dr. Angela Keleher FACS, Director of Breast Surgery, Dyson Center for Cancer Care, Vassar Brothers Medical Center; and Dr. Amy Novatt.

Panelists will speak on their topic for 10 minutes and then answer questions from the audience. All are welcome. Please RSVP for the conference by emailing or calling 845-264-2005.

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.

Breast Cancer Awareness event at Woodbury Public Library Oct 15

Woodbury Library

Highland Mills Branch of the
Woodbury Public Library

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood will be speaking at the Highland Mills branch of the Woodbury (NY) Public Library [map] on Tuesday, October 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.

For information call the Library at (845) 928-6162

Pari Forood Special Guest at Community Networking Event Oct 18

healthy-eatingMiles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood will be the special guest at the Community Networking Healthy Happy Hour on Friday, October 18th, 3:30-6:30pm at ShopRite in the South Hills Mall, Poughkeepsie, NY [map].

Tanya Lopez, Retail Registered Dietitian, will host the event, which offers an opportunity to learn about the free services the dietitian program offers, meet other local community organizations, and discuss possible future collaborations. Bring your business card and your organization’s brochure to share.

For more information, download the flyer, or contact Tanya at  845-467-0846 or

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.

In Her Words: Supporters Run for Breast Cancer

Sara GarrellSara Garrell is a breast cancer warrior. She has not been diagnosed with the disease however her maternal aunt died from breast cancer, her mother is a breast and ovarian cancer survivor, and she is BRCA1 positive – she has a genetic predisposition to breast cancer. Her story is not unique however it is laudatory and instructive for anyone facing a seemingly insurmountable challenge. She and her fiance, Jason Simone, a volunteer soccer coach in Putnam County, decided to run a half marathon after her surgery to represent ‘a return to normalcy’. Here is her story in her words:

“I became connected to Miles of Hope a few years back when I met Cathy Varunok (Miles of Hope Co-Founder). I was getting my masters for occupational therapy and I spent some time shadowing her and doing massage therapy at some of the MOH events.
The name of the half was the Redding Road Race; this was our first half marathon. Jason and I did a tough mudder and a sprint triathlon together last year. This year we wanted to try something new. When we decided to do the race we knew we wanted to raise money for a foundation and to us this was the obvious choice. We loved that fact that money goes directly to families impacted by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley. MOH is such a wonderful foundation!
No one wants a connection to breast cancer but unfortunately we have one. My mother, my hero, a superstar, is a survivor of breast and ovarian cancer. Her sister sadly passed in her 30′s after her second battle with breast cancer. My mother found out she is BRCA1 positive and I unfortunately tested positive as well. As I’m sure you already know this genetic mutation puts a person at high risk for breast/ovarian cancer. After 3 years and 6 biopsies/cancer scares later I made the hardest decision of my life and had a prophylactic double mastectomy with reconstruction in August. The months surrounding the surgery were not easy by an means — toughest of my life.
This race was my first event since surgery. Jason and I kind of looked at it as my road back to normalcy. It felt so good to train for something again. Jason and I are so grateful to be able concentrate on the good things ahead and looking forward to getting married this August.”

Lymphedema After Breast or Ovarian Cancer Talk — March 5

support-connectionMiles of Hope co-founder Cathy Benecke Varunok and Support Connection will present a free educational program for people with breast, ovarian or gynecological cancer on Tuesday March 5,2013, 6:30-8:00 PM, at East Fishkill Community Library, 348 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, NY. The talk by Ms Varunok, MS, OTR/L, CDT, Occupational Therapist, Certified Lymphedema Therapist, will specifically relate to lymphedema that may occur in those diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer.

Click to download the flyer.

The program is free. Advance registration is required.

To learn more or to register call Support Connection 914-962-6402 or 1-800-532-4290. Their website is