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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you know the challenges of the cancer journey. The cancer survivorship summit is Hudson Valley’s first conference devoted entirely to living life during and after cancer. This conference will provide you with innovative tools and practical resources to help you through cancer and back to living and loving life after cancer.
Meet and hear many of our nation’s top experts on living your best life after cancer.
For more information and to register, visit the Hudson Valley Cancer Resource Center web site.
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
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
|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|
Venus Mosher, Regional VP of Arbonne Skin Care presents Dr. Angela Keleher, Director of the Breast Center at the Dyson Cancer Center at Vassar Brothers Medical Center with complimentary ‘Pamper Me Packs’ for breast cancer patients.
“These small packages contain products for women who may have sensitivities to over the counter skin care,” Ms. Mosher explained. “We specialize in products with a minimum of chemicals which may exacerbate an existing condition or issue after surgery or in recovery.”
The packs will be given to all breast cancer patients by Specialty Fittings which runs La Boutique in the Dyson Center (845-483-6522) specializing in products for women post surgery.
“When Venus first contacted us, we were thrilled,” explained Pari Forood, Executive Director of the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
“There isn’t enough we can do for women after they have been diagnosed. Here at the Dyson Center and at St. Francis Hospital, we fund a free massage therapy program for any one in treatment for breast cancer and we recommend people to Specialty Fittings all the time as they answer many questions concerning clothing, wigs, and items related to their mastectomy. Now, to be able to give them a small gift is our sincere pleasure.”
The Arbonne executive came to Miles of Hope to donate the skin care products and Ms. Forood suggested they be given out at the Dyson Center.
Dr. Keleher, Chairman of the Medical Committee of the Miles of Hope Board and the director and lead breast surgeon for the Breast Care Center at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care, is highly respected in the field of breast surgical oncology. She completed her training at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and then went on to be the Chief of Surgical Breast Oncology at Western Pennsylvania Hospital before coming to the Hudson Valley.
“I want all women to know that a breast cancer diagnosis is not necessarily fatal. The earlier we catch this disease, the easier it is for us to treat. If I had one recommendation for all women it would be to get a yearly mammogram and more frequently for those predisposed to breast cancer,” she said.
“For anyone concerned with the amount of radiation in a mammogram, I want to clearly state that it is equal to going on a plane and flying from New York to Phoenix and back. That flight and a mammogram have the same amount of radiation exposure,” Dr. Keleher further explained.
An article in the Yorktown and Cortlandt Region blog describes grants made by Miles of Hope in support of a program by Support Connection of Yorktown, NY.
Support Connections provides a program called One-on-One Peer Counseling, which offers free, personalized, confidential support and education to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer, either on the phone or at their Yorktown Heights office. Miles of Hope provides partial funding for this program.
More about the One-on-One Peer Counseling program can be found on the Miles of Hope website.
Clear Yoga of Rhinebeck is offering several free yoga classes to women going through breast cancer treatment. No previous yoga experience is necessary. There will be three sessions in 2012:
- Saturday March 10th
- Saturday June 2nd
- Saturday September 15th
All classes run from 1:30 to 3:00 PM.
If you are a woman who is going through treatment for breast cancer and is suffering from side effects, or has already had treatment but still suffers from side effects, you can receive five free acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncturists are located in Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Columbia and Greene Counties.
Breast Cancer Options is a Hudson Valley-based organization of breast cancer survivors and their supporters that provides this program and many other services and resources.
For more information:
visit the Breast Cancer Options web site,
download the poster,
or call BCO at 845 339-HOPE (4673).
These clinics are funded by a grant from Miles Of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
Dear Miles of Hope Family,
As we approach the holiday season at the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, we realize that we have so much to be thankful for.
In six years, after raising over $2.5 million dollars, we have awarded over $1,000,000 in grants. We thought you might like to know where some of the money went.
Over 50 scholarships have been given to high school seniors whose lives have been affected by breast cancer.
Six social service agencies help us to administer the Medical Gap Care Fund in eight counties. This fund was created to provide funding for families who are either under-insured or have a financial emergency while in treatment. To date we have helped thousands of people by granting over $700,000.
We are currently partnering with Vassar Brothers Medical Center, St. Francis Hospital, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Benedictine Hospital and others to provide important complementary medicine programs for people in treatment for breast cancer.
A Peer-to-Peer program counsels the recently diagnosed who need a voice, an encouraging word or non-medical advice, from trained breast cancer survivors, thanks to Miles of Hope.
None of these programs would be possible without your continued support and generosity. To that end, we would welcome your holiday gift. If you want to fund a particular program please note this with your donation.
Thank you for helping us to help as many people as possible. You can make your donation either online at MilesofHope.org or by check to:
Miles of Hope BCF
P.O. Box 405
Lagrangeville, NY 12540
Miles and miles of thanks,
by Pari Forood, Executive Director, Miles of Hope
Published in The Poughkeepsie Journal, 2010
Here at Miles of Hope, when October rolls around, we say “Happy Breast Cancer Awareness Month!” It has become a celebration in this country of all survivors and their successful treatment and all of the research and funding that has made new technology part of the cure. We salute nurses, doctors, technicians, scientists and biomedical engineers for their diligence and nurturing. And we remember with fondness and regret those who died of this terrible disease.
When we started the Foundation in 2004, we decided to focus (more…)