Posts Tagged ‘Breast Cancer Information’
“I became connected to Miles of Hope a few years back when I met Cathy Varunok (Miles of Hope Co-Founder). I was getting my masters for occupational therapy and I spent some time shadowing her and doing massage therapy at some of the MOH events.
The name of the half was the Redding Road Race; this was our first half marathon. Jason and I did a tough mudder and a sprint triathlon together last year. This year we wanted to try something new. When we decided to do the race we knew we wanted to raise money for a foundation and to us this was the obvious choice. We loved that fact that money goes directly to families impacted by breast cancer in the Hudson Valley. MOH is such a wonderful foundation!
No one wants a connection to breast cancer but unfortunately we have one. My mother, my hero, a superstar, is a survivor of breast and ovarian cancer. Her sister sadly passed in her 30′s after her second battle with breast cancer. My mother found out she is BRCA1 positive and I unfortunately tested positive as well. As I’m sure you already know this genetic mutation puts a person at high risk for breast/ovarian cancer. After 3 years and 6 biopsies/cancer scares later I made the hardest decision of my life and had a prophylactic double mastectomy with reconstruction in August. The months surrounding the surgery were not easy by an means — toughest of my life.
This race was my first event since surgery. Jason and I kind of looked at it as my road back to normalcy. It felt so good to train for something again. Jason and I are so grateful to be able concentrate on the good things ahead and looking forward to getting married this August.”
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.
Click to download the flyer.
The program is free. Advance registration is required.
To learn more or to register call Support Connection 914-962-6402 or 1-800-532-4290. Their website is www.supportconnection.org
The staff at at Terpsichore feel that Dance is good for the mind, body & soul. Let’s come together as a community and share ways to help lead stronger, healthier lives.
Free & open to the public — bring the kids! Dance lessons from Terpsichore Company members, a Dino‐Dig, pink hair extensions, sticker fun, face painting, arts & crafts and much more!!
For more information download the flyer.
All proceeds to benefit Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.
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|
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.
Miles of Hope co-founder Cathy Varunuk will speak at the Beulah Baptist Church in Poughkeepsie on Sunday, October 24 at the 8 AM services and again at the 11 AM services. She will have updates related to breast cancer and specifically how it affects the African American population.
She will be providing facts and statistics about breast cancer in the African American population as well as local support services for those diagnosed.
All are welcome!
Beulah Baptist Church is located at 92 Catharine St, Poughkeepsie, NY [map].
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…)
by Pari Forood, Executive Director, Miles of Hope
Published in The Poughkeepsie Journal, 2009
Imagine the unimaginable. You find a lump in your breast. You go to the doctor and it is confirmed through testing that you have breast cancer. Now what?
According to the American Cancer Society, excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, accounting for more than 1 in 4 cancers diagnosed in the US. In 2008, there were 182,460 new cases of breast cancer in women in the United States. The 5 year relative survival rate for breast cancer in the localized stage (cancer that has not spread to other sites in the body) is 98%. The earlier the cancer is diagnosed, the more successful the treatment.