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Scholarship Fund Established to Honor Grandmother

2015

Betty Benecke and her grand daughters. Seated l-r: Betty Benecke, Jennifer Benecke. Standing 1st row: Jeannette Howard Driscoll, Madalyn Dolan, Allie Furcick, Katey Varunok, Meghan Furcick, Mikayla Varunok, Heather Benecke, Lisa Minichello Howard. Standing Back row: Danielle Dolan, Jenn Benecke

When Cathy Benecke and Dana Effron started the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation eleven and a half years ago, they decided to provide services and outreach to people affected by breast cancer within the 8 counties of the Hudson Valley which did not exist: financial help for people in treatment; ancillary therapies like massage, acupuncture, exercise and yoga; a peer to peer hotline for people diagnosed with breast cancer who have questions; and a scholarship program for college-bound high school seniors whose lives have been touched by this disease.

Little did they know that the Foundation would grow to give away over $1.5 million dollars for these programs for their neighbors, friends and colleagues affected by breast cancer. Thousands of people have had their burden lifted by Miles of Hope and thousands have given back in volunteer time, donations and sponsorships of events.

Every year the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation awards scholarships to local high school seniors in the eight counties of the Hudson Valley whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. All of these students have outstanding academic records and extracurricular activities but what sets them apart is the connection to breast cancer in their young lives.

The scholarship applicant is required to write an essay explaining how breast cancer has affected them. Most write poignant and touching compositions about a parent or other relative, but some talk of volunteering for cancer organizations or watching a friend go through the trauma of a breast cancer diagnosis in their family. The essays are very moving and show a level of maturity well beyond the typical 17 year old.

Two funds had been established since the first scholarships were awarded eleven years ago. The Betty (Benecke) Howard Scholarship Fund was established for college-bound high school seniors planning to pursue a career in the healthcare field. “Our family has been devastated by cancer,” explained Miles of Hope Co-Founder Cathy Benecke Varunok. “My sister, Betty, died after a breast cancer diagnosis when she was in her 30s.” In 2015, Julianna Arico from Arlington High School won the Betty Howard Scholarship awarding her $2000 toward her continuing education.

Mrs. Varunok’s family established a second scholarship fund after her brother, Michael, passed away in 2014. “We want to remember Michael by establishing this scholarship fund in his name to help students with a financial contribution to their education,” she explained. This year, Daniel Rannekleiv from Somers High School won the Michael Benecke Scholarship, awarding him $2000 to attend either Penn State or U Mass.

The Benecke Varunok family has now established a third scholarship fund at Miles of Hope, the Betty Benecke Scholarship Fund for a college-bound high school senior whose life has been affected by breast cancer, pursuing a career in the arts.

“My mother was a brave and kind person who had breast cancer,” Mrs. Varunok explained. “All of her children and grandchildren are honoring her memory with this scholarship fund at Miles of Hope.”

Scholarship recipients throughout the years have finished their education and become doctors, nurses, teachers, business people and parents. Each one helped along by an important monetary contribution but also by the support and encouragement of Miles of Hope.

“By helping these young people who have faced hardship and at times devastation, we feel we are recognizing their bravery and resilience,” said Miles of Hope Executive Director Pari Forood. “Scholarship recipients go on to do great things with their lives and we like to think we may be a small part of their success.”

Miles of Hope 2015 Scholarship Winners Announced

2015
top-MaristCollegeKidsMiles of Hope announces scholarship winners for 2015:

Dutchess County – Julianna Arico from Arlington High School has won the Betty Howard Scholarship, awarding her $2000 to attend Capri Cosmetology Learning Center.

Westchester County – Daniel Rannekleiv from Somers High School has won the Michael Benecke Scholarship, awarding him $2000 to attend either Penn State or U Mass.

Orange County – Kaitlyn Marie Otero has been awarded $1000/year for 4 years from the Miles of Hope Scholarship Fund to attend SUNY Cortland.

Dutchess County – Anna Zoodsma from Roy C. Ketcham High School has been awarded $1000/year for 4 years from the Miles of Hope Scholarship Fund to attend SUNY Oneonta.

Cathy Varunok, Miles of Hope co-founder, will present the scholarship winners at the Foundation’s Annual Spring Brunch on May 3, at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. “Two of the scholarships are funded by my family in honor of my sister Betty Howard, who died from breast cancer, and my brother Michael Benecke. I am honored to meet these young people and know that we are helping them on their way to a bright and successful future.”

Miles of Hope funds support services for people affected by breast cancer within the eight counties of the Hudson Valley.

“Every year we give away scholarships to high school seniors whose lives have been affected by breast cancer,” explained Foundation Executive Director, Pari Forood. “These students have been through an ordeal in their lives, and they write about it in an essay for the application that is both poignant and emotional. They are mature young people deserving of every award we can give them.”

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Miles of Hope College Scholarship Fund — New Online Application

2013

College ScholarshipsWe are pleased to announce a new online application process for Miles of Hope college scholarships. Please scroll to the bottom of this post, or click to read our web page.

The Miles of Hope College Scholarship fund provides college scholarships to graduating high school students whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.

 Applicants must reside in one of the eight New York State counties covered by the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation: Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester and Ulster.

 Scholarships of $1,000 each are available for attendance at an accredited college or trade school.

 The deadline for applications is April 1 each year.

To apply for a scholarship:

For more information click to read our web page.

 

Miles of Hope College Scholarship Fund

2012

College ScholarshipsThe Miles of Hope College Scholarship fund provides college scholarships to graduating high school students whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.

Applicants must reside in one of the eight New York State counties covered by the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation: Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Westchester and Ulster.

Scholarships of $1,000 each are available for attendance at an accredited college or trade school.

The deadline for applications is April 1 each year.

For more information click to read our web page.

Download the application form — PDF
Download the application form — DOC

 

Peer-to-Peer Program for Breast Cancer Patients

2012

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

County

Agency

Contact

Phone

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