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Raising Money for Breast Cancer One Scarf at a Time

l-r: Cathy Varunok, co-founder Miles of Hope; Dana Effron, co-founder Miles of Hope; Bianca Reyes; Lisa Arnoff, Miles of Hope Board Vice-Chairman- all modeling the scarves made by Ms. Reyes

l-r: Cathy Varunok, co-founder Miles of Hope; Dana Effron, co-founder Miles of Hope; Bianca Reyes; Lisa Arnoff, Miles of Hope Board Vice-Chairman- all modeling the scarves made by Ms. Reyes

Bianca Reyes of Pleasant Valley knows about breast cancer. Her family has been affected by the disease and she knows the importance of an annual mammogram. The Manhattanville rising sophomore decided to volunteer for the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation when she was still at Arlington High School and performing community service was as important to her as going to class.
“I have always felt the desire to give back,” she said, “and Miles of Hope was a perfect fit for me and my sister.”
For that reason, Bianca started Stitches of Hope (stitchesofhope.org/) to raise money on her own for Miles of Hope. Bianca makes the scarves sold on the website and donates all proceeds to the local foundation.
“When Bianca came to me with this idea, I was stunned that a freshman in college would have time for this project,” explained Miles of Hope Executive Director, Pari Forood. “However, when we got our first donation check, I realized just how special this young woman really is.”
“Bianca thinks of things daily to help us or raise money for Miles of Hope. She has volunteered at almost every event we have when she is in town and sends me emails weekly with ideas on how to ‘speak’ to young women about breast cancer. She is an exceptional person,” continued Ms. Forood.
“I love working for this organization and helping people affected by breast cancer here in our Hudson Valley,” Ms. Reyes explained. “Since I love fashion and clothes and I am good at making things, I decided to combine my interests and my passion and make scarves for Miles of Hope.”

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