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Galleria at Crystal Run Makes Holiday Donation

The Galleria at Crystal Run

The Galleria at Crystal Run in Middletown presents Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation Executive Director, Pari Forood, with a donation of $500 for breast cancer services in the Hudson Valley.

“Amidst all of the holiday cheer and busy schedules, the Galleria at Crystal Run made sure that their donation to help people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley was received,” Ms. Forood said.
“We have the privilege of helping hundreds of people in Orange County, and all over the Hudson Valley when they are in treatment for breast cancer and when they are in remission. We help caregivers and families of patients, and we fund other nonprofit organizations that deliver services to breast cancer patients,” Ms. Forood added.
“Thanks to Laci Johnson, Marketing Director at the Galleria and Stacy Decker, Customer Service Supervisor, for organizing this campaign. When organizations raise money for us, we are able to help more people. The generosity of businesses and individuals in the Hudson Valley continues to overwhelm us.”

Team Beachbody Raises Money for Breast Cancer


Courtney Mazza, Laurie Laudati, Kimberly Bailey, Kristie Hall, Amy McKenna, Josephine Traina, Jennifer Michella

Raising money for breast cancer programs in the Hudson Valley and keeping fit are not mutually exclusive! Amy McKenna and her Dream Team Fitspiration group of private coach/trainers decided to make getting fit and helping people affected by breast cancer a dual purpose.

“We are all Team Beachbody coaches. We decided as a team to give back 25% of our commissions from our sales in the month of October. The name of our Team is Dream Team Fitspiration. We all wanted to help support Miles of Hope!” explained Amy McKenna, Orange County coach and trainer.
“Miles of Hope organizes and runs 5 women’s sporting events,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood:
“Hoops for Hope Basketball Tournament (3/20/16); the 5K Family Fun Run (4/23/16); Goals for Hope Soccer Tournament (8/6/16), The Hudson Valley Community Walk for Breast Cancer (10/2/16); and Hits for Hope Women’s Softball Tournament (10/8/16). We are constantly encouraging everyone, and especially women, to get into shape with us to reduce cancer risk.”

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the National Institutes of Health have stated without reservation that maintaining an optimal body weight as determined by body mass index (BMI) and emphasizing more fruits and vegetables in your diet can help to reduce the risk of all cancers,” Ms. Forood elaborated.

“Thank you to everyone who raised money for us in October and a double thank you to those who did it while encouraging people to get fit!” said Ms. Forood.

Marist Fashion and Communications Majors Support Breast Cancer


MaristMporiumMarist Fashion and PR/Communications majors decided to devote the proceeds from October sales of their on campus kiosk, the Marist College Mporium, to the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

“The kiosk was created by the Fashion majors and supported by the PR/Communications majors,” explained senior Sheridan Wagner in photo with check. “Items for sale have been created and designed by students or purchased to sell specifically to the Marist community. Proceeds go to local charities and students learn the art of retail, design, marketing and purchasing.” she said.

“When Sheridan called to say that the proceeds would come to Miles of Hope, I had to see the set-up myself!” added Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood. “All of the students in the attached photo (all names below) work on this project as volunteers. They are enthusiastic, driven and entrepreneurial– I was very impressed.”

“I explained to the students that the money they have donated may go to someone in treatment for breast cancer to help pay a medical expense or transportation to and from their treatment; or it may go to fund our Peer to Peer hotline (800-532-4290) manned by trained breast cancer survivors for anyone with a question or who just needs to talk,” Ms. Forood said. “We also fund college scholarships for high school seniors whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.”

In photo: Marist College Mporium Fall 2015 Team:
Jennifer Finn, Sheridan Wagner: Head of Public Relations, Karli Bruno: Head of Buying, Lauren Sepa: Head of Visual Merchandising, Devin Walton, Sarah Trousdale, Allyson Santacroce, Stephanie Romeo, Lyndsey Regis, Mariel Porfido, Krisi Pentecoste, Jennifer Nevin, Peter Najera, Diana Mendez, Victoria Marzano, Katie Labozzo, Lauren Hauck, Jillian Gasarowski, Jenna Discher, Kasey Curran, Alexix Chomat, Jane Body.

Arlington Women’s Varsity Tennis Team Raises $400 for Miles of Hope

arlington tennisOn a cool and windy day, the Arlington Women’s Varsity Tennis team wore pink, sold t-shirts and cupcakes, and raised over $400 for breast cancer programs in the Hudson Valley.

“Every year we have a pink out match,” explained Coach Gail Lynch, “And this year the girls were unanimous that we wanted to do it in support of Miles of Hope. The money we raise stays here in the Hudson Valley, helping anyone affected by breast cancer.” (more…)

Car Meet Raises $5,200 for Local Breast Cancer Programs

lake effect car meetLast year, Andrew Flynn got a few friends and family members together and organized a car meet at Taghkanic State Park in southern Columbia County. Andrew lost his mother to breast cancer when he was a teenager, and he decided that proceeds from the event in 2014 would benefit local breast cancer programs through the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. A year ago, he presented a check for $3500 to Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood, saying that he “could not wait to double the amount next year.”
On September 19, 2015, the 2nd Lake Effect Car Meet raised over $5200 for Miles of Hope.

“We didn’t quite double it,” Andrew admitted, “but we are proud of what we are able to do for breast cancer programs in our community.” In the photo, Andrew and his niece, Victoria Carpio, whose “car” won best in show at the car meet, stand with Pari Forood. (more…)

Frozen Yogurt Shop 16 Handles Donates to Miles of Hope

16 Handles, the latest innovation in frozen yogurt and healthy frozen drinks, dedicated their grand opening in Wappingers Falls last week to the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation by donating 16% of all sales during the day to the Hudson Valley breast cancer organization.

16 Handles

Photo – from l-r: 16 Handles General Manager, Julia Mailler; Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood; 16 Handles of Wappingers Falls NY Owner/Operator Lawrence Frazier, who presents a check for $300.

“What a wonderful tribute to all of the hard work we do for people affected by breast cancer,” Ms. Forood stated.  “The management and staff of 16 Handles showed their commitment to local causes and the quality of life in our Hudson Valley by supporting Miles of Hope.” (more…)

Millbrook Foundation Awards Miles of Hope $15,000

thank youThe Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation announced today the awarding of a grant for $15,000 from the Millbrook Tribute Garden, Inc. of Millbrook, NY. The donation is to provide support to breast cancer patients and families in the Towns of Washington, Amenia, Stanfordville, and Pine Plains.

“We are indebted to the Millbrook Tribute Garden for this generous grant,” said Pari Forood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope. “It will enable us to reach out to the people affected by breast cancer in the eastern part of Dutchess County.” (more…)

Beachbody Fitness Team Donates to Miles of Hope

A local Beachbody team will be donating 20% of profits from the sales of their Challenge Packs to Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. 

fitness fundraiser
Beachbody offers fitness, weight loss, and muscle-building home-exercise DVDs. Local coaches form this team in the Hudson Valley.

“We are all women who are supportive of each other every day, so what better organization to give back to but a local breast cancer organization? We decided on the Miles of Hope Foundation,” said team member Amy McKenna.

Miles of Hope funds support services and outreach for people affected by breast cancer within the eight counties of the Hudson Valley, New York: Columbia, Greene, Putnam, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, and Westchester.

“We are looking forward to continuing to help others on their journey to a healthy lifestyle, all while giving back to women in need in our community,” said McKenna. “We hope for you to join us in an effort to support the fight against breast cancer!”

Programs that can be purchased include:
  • The 21 Day Fix
  • The 21 Day Fix Extreme
  • T-25
  • Insanity
  • Body Beast
  • Plus much more!!
For more information, contact Amy McKenna at 914-262-8016 or

IBM Awards Community Grant to Miles of Hope for Medical Gap Care Program

thank youThe Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation announced today that it received the Community Grant from the IBM Corporation for the Medical Gap Care Program which helps people in treatment for breast cancer with a financial emergency.

“This grant represents a commitment from our largest corporate resident and neighbor to our foundation and the work we do,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood.

As the only regional breast cancer foundation, Miles of Hope funds support services for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley.

“This grant of $2000 will enable us to help more people with their transportation to and from treatment, insurance copays and their day to day household expenses,” Ms. Forood said. “Historically Miles of Hope expends over $125,000 each year on the Medical Gap Care Fund helping people in the Hudson Valley with their expenses while they are in treatment for breast cancer.”

Excess stress on patients in treatment for breast cancer has been shown to impede recovery.

“At Miles of Hope, we recognize this and fund a number of programs to reduce or eliminate stress. The Medical Gap Care program is very helpful in the reduction of stress as are our complementary medicine programs at area hospitals,” Ms. Forood said.

Marist Wins MAAC Goodworks Award – Donates to Miles of Hope

Marist_Student_CenterThe Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) has announced Marist College as the winner of the 2014-2015 MAAC Goodworks Challenge for the third consecutive year. As a result of winning this year’s challenge, Marist College has received a $1,000 donation, which will be made to the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

The Red Foxes athletic administrators, student-athletes, coaches, and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) took part in 54 community service events and earned over 6,300 points in the academic year. Marist’s largest amount of volunteered hours in the 2014-15 challenge went to Haviland Middle School Sportsmanship Day, over the course of two days, small groups of student-athletes went to the middle school to speak with each gym class about being a college athlete, the importance of academics, and good sportsmanship. Over 100 student-athletes from different teams participated in this event.

Other great events included the Hagan GREAT USA (Girls Reading Enthusiastically across the USA) program, in which female student athletes from lacrosse, rowing, and volleyball went to Hagan five times during the spring semester to help girls with homework after school and then play games. The entire volleyball team went one week and did a volleyball lesson along with a week when a lacrosse athlete did a lacrosse demonstration.

The Hagan Project Mobile was a similar event in which male student athletes did five sessions with students throughout the spring semester. Along with the different programs, the women’s basketball team and men’s football team did elementary and middle school visits at Violet Elementary School, Haviland Middle School, and LaGrange Middle School to talk about college and academics as well as do drills and learning activities about their respective sports.

Other events throughout the year included visits to the Poughkeepsie Children’s Home, Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, the Girl Scout Sport Sampler, Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity’s Make a difference Day, Bonnie’s Boxes, and the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.

“Our student-athletes devoted so much time and effort and I’m so proud of them for that.” said Marist Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement, Alyssa Gates. “Also the Miles of Hope Foundation is a great organization that we’re happy to have worked with in the past and I’m excited that they’re receiving the donation. They do outstanding work in our community.”