Breast Cancer in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, NY

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Spectators cheer on the basketball players at the Play 4 Kay Marist Women’s Basketball game for Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

The community of Poughkeepsie, New York fosters a commitment to breast cancer awareness and prevention, providing valuable resources and services dedicated to breast cancer support. Located in the Hudson River Valley between Albany and New York City on the east side of the Hudson River, Poughkeepsie serves as the county seat of New York’s Dutchess County and is known as “The Queen City of the Hudson.”

Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation is one of the area’s organizations founded to serve the Hudson Valley community by funding support services for those affected by breast cancer. Founded in 2004, Miles of Hope holds six major fund-raising events each year: Hoops for Hope, the Annual Spring Brunch, the Family Fun Run, Goals for Hope, Hits for Hope and Walk for Hope (The Hudson Valley Community Walk for Breast Cancer).

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Our basketball fundraisers include the Play4Kay Marist game, the Pink Zone series of high school basketball fundraisers, and the Hoops for Hope Women’s Basketball Tournament each year.

Held at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie, the Annual Spring Brunch raises funds each year to benefit Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, which supports people affected by breast cancer in all eight counties of the Hudson Valley. Each year nominations are sought for angels — an opportunity to recognize the family member, friend or colleague who was integral to the recovery of the breast cancer survivor. All angels and their nominators are honored at the Brunch. Click here for more information and photos.

Also held in Poughkeepsie is the Hoops for Hope Women’s Basketball Tournament at Marist College. Each year Hoops for Hope is dedicated to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of the event, and players and spectators come together for an entertaining basketball tournament that also helps raise funds to support breast cancer programs. Click here for photos and more info.

Poughkeepsie has phenomenal treatment facilities. The Dyson Center for Cancer Care, located at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, has an oncology program dedicated to quality care. It has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons since 1984. Vassar Brothers Medical Center is one of only 21 accredited Comprehensive Cancer Centers in New York State, and the first in the mid-Hudson Valley.

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The Dyson Center for Cancer Care in Poughkeepsie

At the Dyson Center for Cancer Care, state-of-the art services are offered in every stage of screening, prevention, treatment or diagnosis, alongside true caring, emotional support, and hope for all its patients. Patients and their loved ones are provided with the means to live life well and to the fullest. LaBoutique at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care is sponsored by Miles of Hope. It carries a variety of mastectomy products, including prostheses, bras, scarves, wigs, garments, cosmetics, bathing suits and more.

Also located in Poughkeepsie is Health Quest Cancer Care. It offers services at various locations like Putnam Hospital Center’s Wagner Cancer Pavilion in Carmel and Northern Dutchess Hospital’s Breast Care Center in Rhinebeck.

Another cancer treatment center in Poughkeepsie is the Cancer Center at MidHudson Regional Hospital. Here, services focus on the proper diagnosis and treatment. The center is accredited by the American College of Radiology, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, and the prestigious Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The Cancer Center has a program called

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The Marist Red Fox mascot hugs Hoops for Hopes chair Maureen Walker Seipp and friends.

Complementary Medicine that is funded by Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation. Through the program, the center is able to give free medical services like massage, reflexology, yoga classes, exercise and other support and outreach services to their patients living with breast cancer, thanks to the funding raised by Miles of Hope. Hair Loss Options at the Cancer Center at MidHudson Regional Hospital provides free hair loss consultations, haircuts in preparation for chemotherapy, wig fittings and sales.

In 2015, The Millbrook Foundation donated $15,000 to Miles of Hope to provide support to breast cancer patients and families in the Dutchess County NY towns of Washington, Amenia, Stanfordville, and Pine Plains.

Miles of Hope funds the Medical Gap Care Fund, for individuals who are faced with life emergencies and/or costs not covered by health insurance while they are undergoing treatment for breast cancer; Peer-to-Peer Counseling, a program uniting recently diagnosed breast cancer patients with trained survivors; and the Miles of Hope College Scholarship Fund, for college-bound high school seniors in all eight counties whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.

For a list of more cancer support programs and resources in Poughkeepsie, download the Breast Cancer Support Resource List.