Posts Tagged ‘october is breast cancer awareness month’

Texas Roadhouse Raises the Bar!

2015
Texas-RoadhouseIn order to ‘stomp out breast cancer’ with ‘pink cowboy boots’, Kingston Texas Roadhouse owner Adam Smith ran several promotions at his restaurant to raise money for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. In the photograph (right), Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood stands with Mr. Smith and the giant donation check for $1,534.

“We sold t-shirts with pink cowboy boots on them, we accepted donations at all cash registers, we had pin ups on the walls and we gave proceeds from all sales in October all to raise money for Miles of Hope,” explained Mr. Smith. “We know what Miles of Hope is doing for our area and the people who need help when they are diagnosed with breast cancer. If you are not part of the solution, you don’t realize the extent of the problem. Everyone in our organization kicked in (pun intended!) to help and we were really pleased with the result,” he added.

Miles of Hope funds support services and outreach for people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley. “All money raised stays here to help Hudson Valley residents with everything from paying bills while they are in treatment to scholarships for college-bound high school seniors whose lives have been affected by breast cancer,” Ms. Forood said. “We are humbled and grateful to Adam and all those who have raised money for us throughout 2015 to enable us to achieve our mission.”


Team Beachbody Raises Money for Breast Cancer

2015

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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.


Dog Treats for Breast Cancer!

2015
goodreasonsGood Reasons Dog Treats went pink for October donating $1 to the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation for every Bella bag or tin sold from their retail stores including all Adams Fairacre Farms locations, Hannaford’s Supermarkets and their website www.goodreasons.com. Good Reasons is a private, non-profit dog treat company merging advocacy for the disabled community with a love for animals.

Kelly Apfel, Executive Assistant of Community Based Services which runs Good Reasons in North Salem, NY expressed the company’s commitment to philanthropy and community service: “In October, breast cancer awareness is on everyone’s mind. We were honored to partner with Miles of Hope to help them address the needs of people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley where we all work and reside.”

“The Good Reason’s website is filled with compelling photos of dogs as well as testimonials of employees working hard to make a difference in our community,” explained Pari Forood, Miles of Hope Executive Director. “So many of our clients as well as volunteers and donors love dogs and we were all thrilled with this partnership.”

Dutchess County Business Raises Hope!

2015
jacksautoJack’s Auto Service in Amenia has once again raised funds in October Breast Cancer Awareness month for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

Linda Gregory, owner with her husband Jack, runs the fundraiser at their shop on Dutchess County’s eastern border.

“Every year we take a portion of the proceeds from our work to donate to Miles of Hope,” she explained. “It is important to us to give back to our community and help those less fortunate. Miles of Hope supports people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, their families and their caregivers. We want to be a part of that service.”

Pari Forood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope, stressed the importance of local support. “Throughout the year, but especially in October, businesses, individuals, clubs, take it upon themselves to raise money for Miles of Hope to support our mission. We fund all kinds of services for anyone affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley including financial support for anyone in treatment having trouble paying bills,” Ms. Forood said.

“We have given away over $1.5 million dollars in our 11 years to those who need us,” Ms. Forood added. “We like to say that no one in the Hudson Valley with breast cancer is alone, they have us.”

Marist Fashion and Communications Majors Support Breast Cancer

2015

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.

Pink Pumpkins Inspire Seniors

2015
pinkpumpkinsThe senior citizens at the Manor at Woodside in Poughkeepsie decided they would decorate and sell pink pumpkins in honor of October, Breast Cancer Awareness month.

“Not only are the residents of the Manor creative, they are also very philanthropic,” explained Manor at Woodside sales leader Alisha Libruk. “It was important to them to have a fund raiser for breast cancer awareness and what better way than to decorate pumpkins!” she added.
 
“This is the second year the residents of Manor at Woodside have done this for us,” said Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. “It is such a pleasure for me to meet with them and thank them for their initiatives on our behalf.”

“October brings out the best in people. I have been all over the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley, meeting with people and speaking at large gatherings to promote the benefits of early detection and a healthy lifestyle. Everyone wants to help us spread the message,” Ms. Forood said.

School Districts Pink Out for Breast Cancer!

2015
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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!

2015
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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.

Arlington Field Hockey Rocks the Pink!

2015
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The Arlington Varsity field hockey team presents Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood with giant check for $1300

After a fund raising car wash in LaGrange, a bounteous bakesale at the game, and a pink t-shirt sale all week in the halls, the Arlington Varsity field hockey team presented Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood, with a giant check for $1300. The Arlington Admirals field hockey team won Wednesday October 7′s home conference Pink Out game against Mahopac by a score of 1-0.
“We have more money to give Miles of Hope!” added Stephanie Grady, an enthusiastic mother of a player on the team, and one of the parent chaperone’s of the car wash.

“The big check represents proceeds from the car wash and donations from Arlington High School students however we have additional money from the bake sale and t-shirt sale,” explained coach Stephanie Tito.

“These young girls understand the value of preventive medicine, even at their ages. I was thrilled to be able to talk to them briefly on the field about encouraging their mothers and grandmothers- all female relatives over 50- to have an annual mammogram. And I also stressed the importance of a healthy diet to reduce cancer risk – they already know the benefits of exercise!” explained Ms. Forood.

All 4 Adams Stores are Pinked Out!

2015
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Pari Forood (l) with members of
Adams Fairacre Farms staff

Cashiers at all 4 Adams Fairacre Farms Stores in Wappingers Falls, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Kingston will be decked out in special pink t-shirts for October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

“Each store has decided to wear these special pink shirts, designed for them, and provided by Miles of Hope,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood. (more…)